Day 1 - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

8:30
Registration and Refreshments
9:15
Opening Remarks and Welcoming Keynote from the Chair
9:30
Ensuring that the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Dispute Resolution Mirrors Representation in Law Schools
10:30
Morning Refreshments and Networking
11:00
This Year’s Most Significant Regulatory and Case Law Developments in Dispute Resolution
11:45
What Women Bring as Mediators: And Which Female Talents Will Get Them a Place at the Dispute Resolution Table
12:30
Lunch & Networking
1:30
Spotlight on Women-Led Landmark Cases in Energy Disputes
2:15
High Stakes Financial Disputes: Positioning Yourself as a Leader
3:15
Refreshments & Networking
3:45
How Can Feedback on Arbitrators be Used to Make the Arbitration Selection Process More Gender Diverse?
4:30
Setting the Agenda for Diversification of Arbitration Appointments: Creating a Roadmap for 2020
5:15
Promoting Emerging Female Talent in Dispute Resolution by Giving Credit Where it is Due
5:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair and Summary of Day 1

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

8:45
Registration and Refreshments
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:05
Developing the Necessary Skill Sets to Make a Name for Yourself in Dispute Resolution
9:45
Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes: How Women are Using Essential People Skills to Manage these Highly Political Cases
10:30
Morning Refreshments
11:00
Dealing with Large-Scale Construction and Infrastructure Disputes: How to be Taken Seriously among the Hard Hats
11:45
What is Going on Behind the Scenes in Third Party Funding in Arbitration
12:15
Ask Not What Arbitral Women Can Do for You: Share in the Debate on What the Next Generation of Dispute Resolution Professionals Needs to Make it to the Top
1:00
Lunch & Networking

Post-Conference Workshop

How to Counterbalance Unconscious Gender Bias in Dispute Resolution Departments and Practices

Jun 24, 2015 6:00pm – 

Speakers

Dan Robertson
Diversity & Inclusion Director
Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI)

Peggy Forell
Gender & Communications Specialist
Advocality

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

8:30
Registration and Refreshments
9:15
Opening Remarks and Welcoming Keynote from the Chair

Geneviève Helleringer
Fellow, St Catherine’s College (Oxford)
Professor of law, Essec Business School (Paris-Singapore)

What needs to be done to advance gender diversity in the dispute resolution community?

  • Which particular initiatives by big business can be applied to gender diversity in the field of dispute resolution?
  • What progress has been made by the government and the law society, and why should you sign up for their initiatives?
  • Hear about the women in the judiciary breaking new ground in leadership roles

9:30
Ensuring that the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Dispute Resolution Mirrors Representation in Law Schools

Moderator:

Caroline Rawes
HR Director
Taylor Wessing (London)

Speakers include:

Andrew Clarke
General Counsel
ExxonMobil International Limited UK (London)

Sherina Petit
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright (London)

Rajinder Bassi
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

What the world’s top employers for women are doing to establish gender equality and develop opportunities for women’s advancement in dispute resolution. Practical solutions and new perspectives on creating gender equality and diversity in your team.

  • Get the latest statistics of women in leadership positions in dispute resolution
  • Discover the most innovative programmes currently being championed to advance female talent
  • Find out which initiatives are working, what is not working, and discuss what else law firms should be doing to promote gender equality
  • What in-house counsel can do to encourage women’s advancement by recognising and appraising talent where it is due

10:30
Morning Refreshments and Networking

Speakers include:

Andrew Clarke
General Counsel
ExxonMobil International Limited UK (London)

Sherina Petit
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright (London)

Rajinder Bassi
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

What the world’s top employers for women are doing to establish gender equality and develop opportunities for women’s advancement in dispute resolution. Practical solutions and new perspectives on creating gender equality and diversity in your team.

  • Get the latest statistics of women in leadership positions in dispute resolution
  • Discover the most innovative programmes currently being championed to advance female talent
  • Find out which initiatives are working, what is not working, and discuss what else law firms should be doing to promote gender equality
  • What in-house counsel can do to encourage women’s advancement by recognising and appraising talent where it is due

11:00
This Year’s Most Significant Regulatory and Case Law Developments in Dispute Resolution

Speakers include:

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC
Joint Head
Stone Chambers (London and Singapore)

Karen Maxwell
Stone Chambers

The key dispute resolution risks companies will face in 2015 and beyond as well as practical hints and tips on how to show you have what it takes to run a dispute resolution department or practice.

  • What can businesses learn from recent case law on multi-tier dispute resolution clauses?
  • Which businesses are most at risk of regulatory enforcement and which jurisdictions should they watch out for?
  • Developments in interim relief in arbitration and the impact on the efficiency of the arbitration process
  • Plus: making yourself indispensable: be the go-to person for all matters dispute resolution

11:45
What Women Bring as Mediators: And Which Female Talents Will Get Them a Place at the Dispute Resolution Table

Moderator

Geneviève Helleringer
Fellow, St Catherine’s College (Oxford)
Professor of law, Essec Business School (Paris-Singapore)

Speakers include:

Wolf Von Kumberg
Former Assistant General Counsel
Northrop Grumman Corporation (London)

Jane Player
Partner
King & Spalding International LLP (London)

A high level discussion about why, in as relatively new a profession as mediation, women are not rising to the top and why they are essential to guiding this new profession into new heights of visibility and credibility.

  • What women do differently and how are they making a name for themselves in the most high value, technical and politically sensitive disputes?
  • Get genuine answers about diversity of mediation appointments
  • Find out whether gender stereotypes are holding women back from getting the high stakes cases
  • How to choose the right woman for the job: when you can get a better outcome with a woman mediator

12:30
Lunch & Networking

Speakers include:

Wolf Von Kumberg
Former Assistant General Counsel
Northrop Grumman Corporation (London)

Jane Player
Partner
King & Spalding International LLP (London)

A high level discussion about why, in as relatively new a profession as mediation, women are not rising to the top and why they are essential to guiding this new profession into new heights of visibility and credibility.

  • What women do differently and how are they making a name for themselves in the most high value, technical and politically sensitive disputes?
  • Get genuine answers about diversity of mediation appointments
  • Find out whether gender stereotypes are holding women back from getting the high stakes cases
  • How to choose the right woman for the job: when you can get a better outcome with a woman mediator

1:30
Spotlight on Women-Led Landmark Cases in Energy Disputes

Speakers include:

Sophie Nappert
Independent Arbitrator
3 Verulam Buildings

Juliet Blanch
Chair, International Dispute Resolution
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London)

Hear from some of the world’s most celebrated female counsel and arbitrators and get hints and tips on the challenges and pitfalls for women dealing with the high value public and political nature of energy disputes.

  • What is the impact of the “Mammoth” Yukos Oil cases on the legitimacy of arbitration as a mechanism for settling these disputes?
  • What type of gas pricing disputes are we seeing under the Long Term Gas Supply Agreements: Gazprom/PGNiG and other gas pricing disputes?
  • Examining energy disputes in the wider context of the oil price crash and the political , economic and social tensions in major oil producing countries
  • What are the benefits of the use of ADR in energy disputes?

2:15
High Stakes Financial Disputes: Positioning Yourself as a Leader

Moderator

Helen Dodds
Head of Legal, Dispute Resolution, General Counsel’s Office
Standard Chartered Bank (London)

Speakers include:

Theresa J. Baker
Assistant General Counsel
MetLife

Susannah Wakefield
Partner
Taylor Wessing

Lexa Hilliard QC
11 Stone Buildings

Tatiana Minaeva
Of Counsel
JONES DAY

How women are getting successful outcomes in these technical and complex, high value disputes.

  • What can be learned from cases concerning creditors’ rights in misselling and derivatives related claims?
  • The route to recovery in high value and complex frauds
  • Understanding what is behind the trend towards multiple claims and class actions in financial disputes
  • Get the latest on financial crime investigations and the fast developing anti-corruption legislation across the world: increase in investigations and the cross-border reach of anti-corruption enforcement via the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • How to develop a personal brand in Financial Services disputes

3:15
Refreshments & Networking

Speakers include:

Theresa J. Baker
Assistant General Counsel
MetLife

Susannah Wakefield
Partner
Taylor Wessing

Lexa Hilliard QC
11 Stone Buildings

Tatiana Minaeva
Of Counsel
JONES DAY

How women are getting successful outcomes in these technical and complex, high value disputes.

  • What can be learned from cases concerning creditors’ rights in misselling and derivatives related claims?
  • The route to recovery in high value and complex frauds
  • Understanding what is behind the trend towards multiple claims and class actions in financial disputes
  • Get the latest on financial crime investigations and the fast developing anti-corruption legislation across the world: increase in investigations and the cross-border reach of anti-corruption enforcement via the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • How to develop a personal brand in Financial Services disputes

3:45
How Can Feedback on Arbitrators be Used to Make the Arbitration Selection Process More Gender Diverse?

Speakers include:

Natalia Petrik
Legal Counsel, Arbitration Institute of the
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Sapfo Constantatos
Senior Group Legal Counsel
Standard Chartered Bank (London)

Find out how parties could use readily accessible user feedback on arbitrators to aid them in the process of selecting an arbitrator and whether this could create better opportunities for new and diverse arbitrators.

  • Real-time news on the initiatives to promote transparency and publish feedback on arbitrators and what parties look for in an arbitrator
  • An inside look from arbitration institutions on how they are using feedback provided by parties and counsel and why none of them dares to disclose it
  • Debate on whether such initiatives could make the selection process more gender diverse and whether institutions or another independent body should be publishing them

4:30
Setting the Agenda for Diversification of Arbitration Appointments: Creating a Roadmap for 2020

Moderator

Eva Kalnina
Senior Associate
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler (Geneva)

Speakers include:

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz
Managing Partner
Gessel and President of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration (Warsaw)

Francesca Mazza
Secretary General
German Arbitration Institution (DIS) (Cologne)

India Johnson
President & CEO
American Arbitration Association (New York)

As a market driven service industry, will diversification be led by the client? Or do the law firms bear ultimate responsibility for the gap in female talent? What can institutions do to drive change?. Take away practical solutions to the challenge of increasing diversity of arbitrator appointments.

  • Championing women through gender diverse lists and direct nominations: initiatives from the most progressive institutions
  • Strategies for in-house counsel: should they be insisting on having gender diverse representation and tribunals?
  • The elephant in the room: are the law firms and institutions doing enough and should they be using quotas to advance female talent to the level required?
  • What can mediation proponents learn from the challenges faced in arbitration and what fresh perspectives can we learn from them?

5:15
Promoting Emerging Female Talent in Dispute Resolution by Giving Credit Where it is Due

Speakers include:

Ema Vidak Gojkovic
Associate
Baker Mckenzie (Vienna)

Speakers include:

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz
Managing Partner
Gessel and President of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration (Warsaw)

Francesca Mazza
Secretary General
German Arbitration Institution (DIS) (Cologne)

India Johnson
President & CEO
American Arbitration Association (New York)

Yuliya Chernykh FCIArb C.Arb
Partner
ARBITRADE Attorneys-at-Law

A frank and open debate dealing head on with outmoded taboos of feminism surrounding the promotion of young female talent.

  • Piercing the legal façade: finding out who’s doing the hard work behind the billable hours
  • How to promote up-and-coming lawyers: bestowing greater visibility and career choices by actually asking for them by name
  • Avoiding a backlash or uncomfortable situation: how to be tactful when raising gender-issues, and offering the right kind of support
  • Getting more effective work out of the law firm you are instructing by developing relationships with emerging talent in dispute resolution

As a market driven service industry, will diversification be led by the client? Or do the law firms bear ultimate responsibility for the gap in female talent? What can institutions do to drive change?. Take away practical solutions to the challenge of increasing diversity of arbitrator appointments.

  • Championing women through gender diverse lists and direct nominations: initiatives from the most progressive institutions
  • Strategies for in-house counsel: should they be insisting on having gender diverse representation and tribunals?
  • The elephant in the room: are the law firms and institutions doing enough and should they be using quotas to advance female talent to the level required?
  • What can mediation proponents learn from the challenges faced in arbitration and what fresh perspectives can we learn from them?

5:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair and Summary of Day 1

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

8:45
Registration and Refreshments
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Louise Barrington
International Arbitrator, Founding co-President Arbitral Women
Founder and Director Vis East Moot (Toronto and Hong Kong)

9:05
Developing the Necessary Skill Sets to Make a Name for Yourself in Dispute Resolution

Moderator

Khawar Qureshi QC
Serle Court (London)

Speakers include:

Moira Shannon
Associate General Counsel, M&M Middle East and Asia/Lead Counsel
Shell International Limited

Sue Prevezer
Partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhuhart & Sullivan UK LLP

Be inspired by the women leaders in dispute resolution who have made it and find out how to take your career aspirations to the next level.

  • Making sure your personal brand is known and being seen to be everywhere
  • How being liked and respected within your department or practice will get you ahead in your career and what practical steps to take in that direction
  • Deciphering which business partners you actually want to work with and developing lasting working relationships to further your career choices
  • How to cultivate real friendships and find a mentor

9:45
Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes: How Women are Using Essential People Skills to Manage these Highly Political Cases

Speakers include:

Mahnaz Malik
Barrister
20 Essex Street (London)

Wendy Miles QC
Partner, International Arbitration
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP (London)

Anna Zabrotskaya
Attorney at law, Attorneys at law Borenius Russia
St. Petersburg

Hear about the specific dynamics of international trade and investments disputes involving states and how women are leading parties to successful outcomes where the cultural and emotional tensions are particularly high.

  • What does it take to work in some of the most challenging regions in the world?
  • How to avoid a war through intra-state arbitration: The Abyei arbitration in South Sudan
  • Managing the role of media and civil society in highly political disputes
  • How to ensure that other parties and arbitrators are aware of a party’s cultural background and the issues it raises in a dispute
  • What is the impact of political accountability and cultural norms on the use of ADR in investor-state disputes?

10:30
Morning Refreshments
11:00
Dealing with Large-Scale Construction and Infrastructure Disputes: How to be Taken Seriously among the Hard Hats

Speakers include:

Mair Coombes Davies
Barrister
Civitas Law (Cardiff)

Jane Player
Partner
King & Spalding International LLP (London)

Practical hints and tips on how to pitch for a large-scale case with confidence and emerge with enhanced credibility and authority.

  • Getting your voice heard in the noisy construction world: communication tools for getting your point across
  • How to get ahead of the game: putting in the hours and being prepared
  • Taking on the role of manager and chair: using those natural multi-tasking and people skills
  • Facing gender stereotypes head on and not backing down when your credibility and case are at stake

11:45
What is Going on Behind the Scenes in Third Party Funding in Arbitration

Speakers include:

Christoph G. Benedict
Legal Director
Alstom Power (Manheim)

Get unparalleled insight into the value of third-party funding in arbitration through first-hand accounts and know the latest thinking on the technical and ethical issues in this area. Find out how to use third-party funding to the benefit of your parties.

  • How do third party funders tackle assessment of claims and who has the final say on whether it goes ahead?
  • Practical examples of cases where parties were ready to settle and how a funder dealt with it
  • Hear about the latest initiatives for self-regulation: costs, best practice and disclosure standards
  • Find out how third-party funding can be in the public interest

12:15
Ask Not What Arbitral Women Can Do for You: Share in the Debate on What the Next Generation of Dispute Resolution Professionals Needs to Make it to the Top

Speakers include:

Louise Barrington
International Arbitrator, Founding co-President Arbitral Women
Founder and Director Vis East Moot (Toronto and Hong Kong)

Linn Bergman
Member of the Board, Swedish Women’s Arbitration Network
Former Deputy Secretary General, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute

This is a chance to voice your opinion on the support junior women in dispute resolution need to advance their careers in pace with their male colleagues.

  • Mentoring needs: ensuring young women get good guidance right from the start of their careers in dispute resolution
  • Women-only networking: does it really work for younger women, or is it just an “old girls’ club”?
  • Comparing the Scandinavian experience: what can we learn from the Swedish Women’s Arbitration Network?
  • Ask what you can do for arbitral women: suggestions from the floor for events or other platforms

1:00
Lunch & Networking