November 2013 session of the Arbitration Forum “Abusive Claims, Impecunious Claimants and Security for Costs: the Search for a Framework”

The Center is proud to announce the November 2013 session of the Arbitration Forum of the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law, entitled “Abusive Claims, Impecunious Claimants and Security for Costs:  the Search for a Framework”, which will take place on Monday, November 25th, 2013, from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., in the Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall 900 (245 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012).  The speakers will be Mr. Brian King, Mr. Domenico Di Pietro and Mr. Eric A. Schwartz.

Brian King is a partner in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  Prior to returning to New York in 2007, he headed the arbitration group in the firm’s Amsterdam office for seven years.  Mr. King’s practice centers on acting as counsel or arbitrator in investment treaty and international commercial disputes.  He has represented both investors and States, as well as some of the largest European and U.S. corporations.  A 1990 graduate of the NYU Law School, Mr. King regularly speaks and publishes on arbitration-related topics. Mr. King is also this November’s scholar-in-residence at the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law.

Domenico Di Pietro, who graduated in law at University of Rome La Sapienza and received his LLM from Queen Mary, University of London, practises international arbitration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Rome and Milan. He has acted in numerous arbitrations under the rules of a great variety of arbitral institutions as well as in ad hoc proceedings. He is also active in investment arbitration, having advised and appeared in well-known ICSID cases, including annulment proceedings. Domenico has also acted in several sport disputes at the Athens and Beijing Olympics. Mr. Di Pietro lectures international arbitration at Roma Tre University. He has published extensively on international arbitration. He is qualified to practise in Italy and in England and Wales.

Eric A. Schwartz, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School, is a partner in the New York and Paris offices of King & Spalding, where he specializes in international arbitration.  He is a former Secretary General and current Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Over the last 30 years, he has acted as counsel on behalf of some of the world’s largest companies, public authorities and sovereign states in international arbitration proceedings in all of the principal European arbitration venues, as well as in Africa, Asia and the US. In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Schwartz regularly sits as an arbitrator. He has appeared as chair, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in proceedings under the rules of the AAA, CIETAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC and UNICTRAL in arbitrations throughout the world.  He is also the author of dozens of articles on international arbitration practice as well as the co-author (with Yves Derains) of A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration (Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2005). Mr. Schwartz is listed as one of the 25 “most highly regarded individuals” in the world in his field in Who’s Who Legal – Commercial Arbitration 2014.

Please note that all discussions taking place during the Forum are subject to the Chatham House Rule.

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