Full-day GAR Live conference including GAR Live Debate, Question Time and panel sessions


09.00: Welcome coffee and registration

09.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
Wade Coriell, King & Spalding

09.45: Session one: Investment arbitration in Asia: Where are we and where next?

The controversy around investment arbitration in Europe and other parts of the world is well known. But investment arbitration in Asia doesn’t seem to have suffered the same backlash. Or not yet. What’s different about the Asian investment arbitration landscape that explains this, and will this state of affairs endure? With so much economic activity planned with a governmental aspect, are we on the verge of a new era? And where will those cases be heard?

In this session, leading names will assess the state of investment arbitration in Asia and offer their take on what the future holds.

In particular they are expected to discuss:

  • What kinds of investment arbitration agreements are being signed?
  • What are Asian institutions doing to attract cases – and will those efforts succeed?
  • How does the vogue for including ISDS provisions in FTAs potentially alter the picture?
  • What will the Belt & Road initiative mean for investment disputes in Asia – does it herald a new era?
  • Will the ‘backlash’ eventually reach Asia too?


  • Cavinder Bull, Drew & Napier
  • Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership
  • Lijun Cao, Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • Nick Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Romesh Weeramantry, Clifford Chance

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time

Our esteemed panel and moderators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance.


  • Kevin Nash, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)


  • Christopher Boog, Schellenberg Wittmer
  • Nakul Dewan SA, 20 Essex Street
  • Tony Dymond, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Alain Grec, Profile Investment
  • Mark Mangan, Dechert 

12.45: Networking lunch

14.00: Fireside chat with Lucy Reed

GAR Live interviews Lucy Reed, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)


  • Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers

14.30: Session three: Energy disputes in Asia

Figures show that energy consumption in Southeast Asia has doubled in just over two decades, and energy investment in China alone almost tripled in the past decade. This panel will discuss the effect that increased focus on the sector will have on arbitration and the consequential spike this may provoke.

In particular they are expected to discuss:

  • Maritime disputes: how their existence and resolution impact oil and gas exploration and production
  • Decommissioning responsibilities: how to deal with contracts which do not address the current regulatory regime
  • Gas pricing disputes – is Asia about to go through the same experience as Europe?
  • How best to handle JOA disputes


  • Wade Coriell, King & Spalding 


  • Andres Romero-Delmastro, Chevron
  • Matthew Secomb, White & Case

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Session four: 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 their opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This house believes that the publication of de-sanitised awards will harm arbitral proceedings.”

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

  • Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers
  • Wade Coriell, King & Spalding


Maxwell Chambers
32 Maxwell Road, #03-01,
Singapore, 069115

  • Event Details
  • Location: Singapore
  • Start Date: 27/08/2019 9:00 am
  • End Date: 27/08/2019 5:30 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Lucy Reed, Vikki Wall