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Affaires d’États: Practical Considerations When Defending States in International Arbitration
Sovereign States are powerful actors on the international scene, and are often perceived as the stronger party in international arbitrations against private entities. In reality, States often face practical difficulties that private actors do not encounter, which may affect the States’ ability to defend their case optimally. Such difficulties can arise at all stages of the arbitral process, including when responding to the request for arbitration, in selecting the arbitrators, in organizing the State’s defense and allocating resources, in identifying the relevant documentation and witnesses, and in securing approval from the relevant State authorities. In this roundtable, we will be joined by experienced current and former State officials who will share unique insights on how to navigate these challenges, organize the State’s defense internally, and make the most of the collaboration with outside counsel.

Duration: 60 minutes

Following the panel discussion, the audience will have an opportunity to meet the speakers virtually and continue the conversation in an open Zoom room.

Introductory remarks:
• Geoffroy Lyonnet, Paris Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

• Marie-Claire Argac, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
• Jaroslav Kudrna, Head of the International Arbitration and Investment Protection Unit, Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
• Claudia Salgado Levy, National Director of International Litigation and Arbitration, Attorney General Office of Ecuador
• Jeremy Sharpe, Independent Arbitrator, formerly Chief of Investment Arbitration in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State

• Simon Batifort, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Mar 28, 2022 03:00 PM in Paris

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