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January 5th, 2017 - 9:37 AM § in News & Announcements, Upcoming Events

4TH Annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration

4TH Annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration
January 12 – 13, 2017
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria | 2626 Sage Rd. | Houston, TX 77056

The Houston International Arbitration Club (HIAC) is a supporting sponsor of this 4th annual review of the year past and the year ahead in the arbitration of international energy disputes.

HIAC members are entitled to register at the discounted member rate. To register at the member rate, click here.

Led by co-chairs Suzana Blades (ConocoPhillips, Houston), Juliet Blanch (Juliet Blanch Arbitration, London) and Jim Tancula (Mayer Brown, Chicago), the conference will begin on Thursday afternoon with a review of recurring ethical dilemmas led by leading ethics scholar Prof. Catherine Rogers followed by an examination of the growing development of specialized arbitral institutions and arbitrators for energy disputes. The evening’s social activities include a Welcome Reception and a Conference Dinner for all registrants and speakers.

The next day will begin with the conference keynote – the 2017 Global Energy Outlook – presented by Sarah Ladislaw (Director, Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington). By popular demand, the 2016 Energy Arbitration Year in Review will be presented again by Larry Shore (Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP, New York). Later sessions will include four major industry General Counsels – Marcia Backus (VP and GC, Occidental Petroleum, Houston), Janet Langford Carrig (Sr. VP and GC, ConocoPhillips, Houston), Alan Crain, Sr. VP and Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston) and Hewitt Pate (VP and GC, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon) – on dealing with the current low price/high disputes environment.

The conference luncheon will feature an interview of immediate past LCIA president William “Rusty” Park by Catherine Rogers, the latest in the ITA Academic Council’s Preserving Perspectives series of interviews recording the evolution of modern international arbitration in the words of those who have led it.

Other conference highlights include:

  • Current Challenges to Enforcing Arbitration Awards Around the World
  • Conflicting Approaches in Recent Investor-State Decisions in Determining Compensation for Expropriated Projects
  • Tips for Managing the Arbitral Tribunal
  • Young Lawyer Reception
  • Approved by the State Bar of Texas for 8.0 MCLE credit hours, including .75 hour of ethics

For more information, download the conference brochure or click here. Registration options are available here.


January 5th, 2015 - 11:26 AM § in News & Announcements

Now Available for Viewing: Papers by International Counsel and Arbitrator Denis Bensaude

New York- and Paris-licensed counsel and arbitrator Denis Bensaude spoke to HIAC on the 11th of November on recent developments in France since the new French Arbitration Law. Denis has written extensively in English and French on arbitration generally, with a special focus on France. Denis has made[...]


December 18th, 2014 - 4:36 PM § in News & Announcements

HIAC’s September Presentation Material, Available for Viewing

Steve Andersen, Vice President  of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution presented the new ICDR Rules changes to HIAC in September. You can view the handout that accompanied Steve’s presentation here.

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February 13th, 2011 - 10:01 AM § in News & Announcements

Welcome to HIAC!

The Houston International Arbitration Club (HIAC) meets monthly to participate in various topics related to international arbitration. HIAC membership is generally by invitation only. Members must be active practitioners or scholars in the field of international arbitration. To learn more about join[...]