Center for International Legal Studies


The Center for International Legal Studies

- "CILS" or "the Center" - is a non-profit research, training, and teaching institute for international and comparative law and practice, registered and operating as a public interest society under Austrian law. Its international headquarters have been in Salzburg, Austria since 1976. Its essential purpose is to promote and disseminate knowledge and know-how among members of the international legal community.

International Arbitration Symposium

Thursday, 6 June - Sunday, 9 June 2024

Salzburg, Austria


James Castello

James Castello portrait image

Lorraine de Germiny

Lorraine de Germiny portrait image

The 12th CILS International Arbitration will be chaired by Lorraine de Germiny and James Castello. This will be James‘ second time chairing the Symposium and Lorraine’s first.

Since 2000, the Symposium has explored topical questions of international arbitration, including commercial disputes, investor-State disputes, intersections with mediation, business and human rights arbitration, the role of state courts in relation to arbitration, and so on. The Symposium strives to be a forum for open, high-level exchange on core and peripheral issues of international arbitration.

James Castello's previous stint as co-chair (2022) was together with Sophie Nappert and longtime Symposium Chair Laurent Hirsch. Laurent had taken over in 2008 and shaped the event over the subsequent six editions (2010 and 2012 with Larry Schaner, 2014 and 2016 with Silvia Marchili, 2018 with Larry Schaner and the late David Caron).

The origins of the Symposium can be traced back to CILS Construction Law conferences in the 1990s inspired by James J. Myers. The first purely arbitration CILS conference took place in 2000 in Salzburg, followed by the 2002 and 2004 events under James Myer’s gavel; Marcello di Stefano and Thomas Pfeiffer chaired our 2003 ADR conference in Heidelberg. The late Robert Carrow chaired the 2006 edition of the Symposium in Salzburg.

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  • Can Dispositive Motions Work in Arbitration? Why don’t arbitrators take more decisions rather than asking parties to liaise/figure it out? How to make arbitrators more hands-on?
  • Is fact witness evidence in trouble? Is witness testimony reliable? Are witness statements their own? How to deal with tribunal-called fact witnesses?
  • Tribunals’ Options When Parties Present Two Extreme Damages Models?
  • Can AI Assist in International Arbitration? Can it be controlled?
  • What is the role of arbitration in addressing climate change?
  • Is the new ICSID/UNCITRAL Code of Conduct for Arbitrators Useful or Harmful? Does it foreclose increased diversity of arbitrators in treaty arbitrations?
  • What is the future of (renewable) energy investment given the announced withdrawal of EU countries from the ECT and the disappearance of the intra-EU treaty system?
  • Compliance with Awards: Is it Waning? Can the Problem Be Redressed?
  • New Investment Treaty Models
  • Construction Arbitration
  • Do users’ expectations of arbitrator behaviour/best practices match arbitrators’ views?
  • How can sanctions affect arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of an arbitral award?
  • New frontiers for arbitration: Deep sea bed mining / space arbitration
  • The growing role of the ECHR in arbitration

Schedule Overview

Day/Time Title Comment
Thu, 11:00 Welcome by Chairs, First Session
12:30 Lunch
13.40 Sessions
16:20 Coffee
16:40 Sessions
18:30 Cocktails
19:30 Dinner
Fri, 09:00 Sessions
10:15 Coffee
10:35 Sessions
13:15 Lunch
14.15 Sessions
15:40 Coffee
16:00 Sessions
17:30 Free Evening
Sat, 09:00 Sessions
10:15 Coffee
10:35 Sessions
13:15 Lunch
14.15 Sessions
15:40 Coffee
16:00 Sessions
18:00 Piano Concert
19:00 Dinner


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