The 5th Geneva Global Arbitration Forum

Thursday September 19, 1996

• World trade disputes session
• Investment disputes session

8:00 Registration

9:00 Introduction

Morning session: World Trade Disputes

9:15 Are trade disputes fairly settled? The Chinese view

Lei Wang
Deputy Director for WTO Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Beijing

10:00 Antidumping and countervailing duties disputes: A status report

Edwin Vermulst
Vermulst & Waer, Brussels

Norio Komuro
Professor, International Economic Law, Faculty of Law, Kobe University
Legal Adviser to the Japan Machinery Exporter's Association

10:45 Coffee

11:15 The need for due process in NAFTA and WTO proceedings

David Palmeter
Graham & James, Washington, D.C.

J.C. Thomas
Thomas & Davis, Vancouver

12:00 Panel discussion with

William J. Davey
Director, Legal Affairs Division, WTO

Mitsuo Matsushita
Professor of Law, Seikei University
Member of the Appellate Body, WTO

13:00 Lunch

Afternoon session: Investment Disputes

14:30 The NAFTA experience in solving investment disputes

Gary N. Horlick
O'Melveny & Myers, Washington, D.C.

15:00 Investment disputes in the energy field

Thomas W. Waelde
Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Petroleum/Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee

15:30 Settling investment disputes: A third-world viewpoint

M. Sornarajah
Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

16:00 Panel discussion with

Robert Briner
Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Former President of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague

Delissa A. Ridgeway
Chair, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States, Washington, D.C.

The conference will end at 17:00

Conference chairman: Jacques Werner