2nd MIDS Alumni Association Annual Event
Friday, 18 November 2022

logo lambadarios The MIDS Alumni Association is delighted to welcome you to its 2nd Annual Event, which will revolve around three main topics: good faith in the interpretation of contracts and in the conduct of arbitral proceedings; the potential international liability of a State with respect to the passing of environmental, social, and governance measures; and the question of whether and to what extent technology will render the role of counsel and arbitrators obsolete. 

Who is this event for?

All students, professors, as well as seasoned arbitration practitioners are encouraged to join us in these interesting discussions, either in-person or online. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.



10:30 – 11:00 Keynote Speech: Tanya Landon, Partner, Sidley Austin, Geneva
Investment Arbitration and Climate Change Disputes: A certain friend in uncertain times

11:00 - 12:30 Panel
Good Faith in Contract Interpretation / Conduct of Arbitral Proceedings

  • Alia Algazzar, Senior Associate, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo
  • Shyam Balakrishnan, Associate, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels
  • Cara North, Special Counsel, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
  • Angelina Petti, Partner, Von Segesser, Zurich
  • Moderator: Olga Kim, Founder, Kim Consulting, Geneva

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 Panel
State Liability for Environmental, Social, and Governance Measures

  • Sumru Akter, Investment Manager – Legal Counsel, Omni Bridgeway, Amsterdam
  • Maria Paula Arenas, Head of Foreign Investment and Services Directorate, Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Bogotá
  • Kateryna Bondar, Head of Legal, Petroforce, Geneva
  • Maria Kiskachi, Associate, Bredin Prat, Paris
  • Moderator: Courtney Furner. Associate, LALIVE, Zurich

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 16:45 Debate
Will technology make the roles of counsel and arbitrator obsolete?

  • Pietro Acerbi, Senior Legal Counsel, Accenture, Milan
  • Nicolás Caffo, Business and Legal Affairs Manager, Utopia Music, Geneva
  • Jimmy Hansen, Partner, Plesner, Copenhagen
  • Seoyun Kong, Legal Case Manager, WIPO, Geneva
  • Moderator: Nicolas Torrent, Legal Counsel, Dentsu International & Vice President of the Swiss Legaltech Association, Geneva


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Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2