Unlike MIDS lectures, which are open to the public and usually attract large audiences, MIDS seminars are for MIDS students only. Every year a series of distinguished professors and practitioners are invited to deliver MIDS seminars on new developments in international dispute settlement and on the work of key international organizations and institutions.
Seminar speakers in recent years have included Prof. Bernard Hanotiau (on complex arbitrations), Judge Charles Brower (on the Iran-US Claims Tribunal), Doak Bishop (on the settlement of energy disputes), David Rivkin (on arbitration at the Olympics), Dr. Yas Banifatemi (on umbrella clauses in investment treaties), Dr. Michael Schneider (on construction arbitration), Prof. John Gotanda (on interest in arbitration), Prof. Campbell McLachlan (on lis pendens), Secretary-General Meg Kinnear (on ICSID), Deputy Secretary-General Brooks Daly (on the PCA), and Prof. Armand de Mestral (on ISDS between the EU and Canada, and the IS).
Seminars are generally organized on short notice.
Thanks to a partnership with LALIVE, an international law firm with offices in Geneva, Zurich and London, MIDS students will benefit from the experience and knowledge of the firm’s leading lawyers during a half-day training seminar on the practice of international arbitration, with a particular focus on commercial arbitration proceedings. MIDS students will also have the opportunity to informally meet and exchange with the partners and counsel of the firm.
Since 2016, MIDS students enjoy a series of Q&A seminars with top arbitrators. Based on Chatham House rules, arbitrators give insights into their views on the evolution of dispute settlement, sharing their vast and diverse experience with the students.
So far, sessions have been conducted with Professors Jan Paulsson, Brigitte Stern, Pierre Mayer and Laurent Lévy.