BIICL Event: Thirty Sixth ITF Public Conference: Time Limits in International Investment Law.

Event Details
Date & Time
22 October 2021 9:00 - 17:30 BST

In-person & online


HKA is pleased to be sponsoring this conference, with HKA Partner, Roula Harfouche joining the discussion on Panel 4: Time Limits and Quantum.

This Investment Treaty Forum brings together senior practitioners, arbitrators, academics and other experts to discuss time limits in international investment law.

With Professor Kaj Hobér of Uppsala University, Sweden delivering the keynote address, the topics will include:

  • retroactive application of law
  • application of treaties before entry into force (including provisional application)
  • continuous breaches
  • the applicability of commercial law statutes of limitation in ISDS
  • sunset clauses in international investment agreements
  • the consequences of mutually agreed termination of treaties

The conference will be conducted in a hybrid format (online and in-person) subject to COVID-related restrictions effective at the time of the conference.


09:00 – 09:10

Opening remarks
Prof Yarik Kryvoi, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London

09:10 – 10:00
Keynote address: Professor Kaj Hobér, Uppsala University, Sweden
Time limits in international investment law

10:00 – 11:30
Panel 1: Jurisdiction ratione temporis of investment tribunals

  • Chair: Prof Nicholas Anglet, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
  • Graham Coop, Volterra Fietta, Brussels – Application of treaties before their entry into force including provisional application
  • Katia Finkel, Baker McKenzie, London – Jurisdiction ratione temporis and corporate restructuring
  • Louise Woods, Vinson & Elkins, London – Duration of ISDS proceedings: reform proposals and practical tips

11:30 – 11:45 – Networking break

11:45 – 13:15
Panel 2: Time limits and substantive protections

  • Chair: Ishita Pant, Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat, Brussels
  • Christophe Bondy, Steptoe & Johnson, London – Jurisdiction Ratione Temporis and Substantive Protection Ratione Temporis
  • Jonathan Leach, Eversheds, London – Application of treaties to existing and pre-existing disputes
  • Danielle Morris, WillmerHale, Washington, DC – The effect of withdrawal from ICSID on ratione temporis jurisdiction of tribunals

13:15 – 14:00 – Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30
Panel 3: Retroactivity, sunset clauses and treaty termination

  • Chair: Norah Gallagher, Queen Mary University of London
  • Joachim Pohl, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris – Temporal validity of investment treaties
  • Nick Gallus, LK Law, Adelaide – The non-retroactivity presumption and retroactive application of law
  • Nick Lawn, Van Bael & Bellis, London – Consequences of mutually agreed termination of treaties, including on sunset clauses

15:30 – 15:45 – Networking break

15:45 – 17:15
Panel 4: Time limits and quantum

  • Chair: Sabine Konrad, Morgan Lewis, Frankfurt am Main
  • Thayananthan Baskaran, Baskaran, Kuala Lumpur – Time value of money
  • Ina Popova, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York – Date for establishing market price
  • Roula Harfouche, HKA, London – Pre-award interest and the date of damages assessment

17:15 – 17:30
Closing remarks
Vaughan Lowe QC, University of Oxford, Oxford

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Event Details
Date & Time
22 October 2021 9:00 - 17:30 BST

In-person & online


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