Global Arbitration Review is once again teaming up with Who’s Who Legal to bring together an event dedicated to the Future Leaders in the field of international arbitration. The 2nd Annual Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders Arbitration conference will feature speakers who have been identified for their exceptional counsel and arbitration work in complex international proceedings and are among the best of their generation. This afternoon conference will see the return of our ever-popular GAR Live debate, alongside a panel discussion in which our speakers will explore what lies in the future for the world of international arbitration.

These sessions will provide the audience with a unique insight from the leading figures in the sphere of international arbitration. The conference will include an audience of practitioners from across the UK and internationally, allowing delegates to connect with and learn from like-minded individuals.


13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: An introduction to the Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders research

  • Rupert Wilson, Editor, Who’s Who Legal

14.05: Chairs’ opening remarks

  • Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
  • Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

14.15: Session one: Fireside chat

In this interview style session, our group of future leaders will discuss their tips on how to make it as an arbitrator.


  • Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling


  • Christine Artero, Arbitration Chambers
  • Carmen Martinez Lopez, Three Crowns

15.00: Session two: what does the future hold for arbitration?

Our panel will explore key issues affecting arbitration today and consider what the future holds.

Topics our esteemed panel are expected to discuss:

  • Is technology set to change the face of arbitration?
  • Conflicts of interest, transparency and challenges to awards: where have we got to and where are we headed?
  • Will climate change impact arbitration?
  • Investment treaty arbitration post-Achmea: what’s next for investor-State arbitration?


  • Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy


  • José Feris, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Rachael O’Grady, Mayer Brown
  • Rishab Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • Andrew Cannon, Herbert Smith Freehills

16.15: Coffee break

16.45: Session three: The GAR Live debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This house believes the rise of new regional arbitral seats and institutions will change international arbitration for the better.”


  • Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling


  • Duncan Bagshaw, Howard Kennedy
  • Tilman Niedermaier, CMS
  • Charis Tan, DWF


  • Sebastiano Nessi, Schellenberg Wittmer
  • Thierry Ngoga Gakuba, Legal Line Partners
  • Dharshini Prasad, WilmerHale

18.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

  • Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
    Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

18.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception


One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD, United Kingdom

  • Event Details
  • Location: London
  • Start Date: 26/06/2019 1:30 pm
  • End Date: 26/06/2019 6:30 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Carmen Martinez Lopez, Dharshini Prasad, Naomi Briercliffe