London holds international appeal as a global centre for dispute resolution – whether through its courts or by arbitration, mediation, expert determination or negotiation – built upon a rich tradition of English law dating back to the Magna Carta. Now in its fifth year, LIDW24 builds on the success of its previous successful events and strives to be a forward-thinking and inclusive forum for discussion embracing legal London’s commitment to diversity.
With its theme, “Uniting for global challenge and opportunity”, LIDW24 will follow up on last year’s theme “Adapting to a changing world” and look not only at what progress has been made in the dispute resolution world over the last year, but also at what we can expect over the next year and beyond. What does the next year hold for dispute resolution professionals around the world?
LIDW24 will feature a combination of a varied technical programme combined with the usual variety of social and networking events to enable participants to share ideas, to make new contacts and connections and to renew old acquaintances.
The week will open with an International Arbitration Day: a flagship arbitration event showcasing the importance of London as a global arbitration centre. High-profile keynotes will open the day, followed by 12 in-person panels on jurisdictions and regions spanning the world from Europe to Latin America. In line with the LIDW24 theme the panels will discuss key local developments as well as Investor-State disputes, sanctioned countries and changes to arbitration legislation. The International Arbitration Day sessions will be hosted by a hub of member firms formed by Clyde & Co, Covington & Burling and Kirkland & Ellis, all within a 5-minute walk of each other, allowing delegates plenty of time to move between panels.
LIDW will also feature a one day conference held at the QEII Centre in Westminster, at which leading practitioners, judges, arbitrators and all those involved in the dispute resolution business will consider the important matters that affect our clients. We will look at our theme through panel sessions from different perspectives, as well as examining different topics such as global enforcement, AI, funding and ESG – together with ample opportunity for networking throughout the day.
As in 2023, events organised by LIDW Members will play a large part in the Week. In line with the LIDW ethos, our members are collaborating to put on events taking place across London, focussing on applying our theme of “Uniting for global challenge and opportunity” to a range of dispute types; we expect a broad mix of events and have had huge interest from members. More events will be added as we get closer to the Week itself and the range of topics covered should mean that there really is something for everyone.
LIDW is of course also about meeting new friends and contacts and keeping up with old friends in the international disputes community. The LIDW24 conference programme will also be complemented by a number of organised social events, including an Opening Reception at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, a drinks reception for up to 700 attendees following the main conference, a Gala Dinner and for our young and young at heart delegates supper clubs and the Law Rocks 15th anniversary gig with an LIDW VIP area.
We look forward to welcoming you to LIDW in June 2024.