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Programme

LIDW offers many and varied opportunities to hear leading experts discuss London’s unique role in the resolution of international disputes and also network with colleagues from around the world.

The 4-day programme includes a flagship 1-day conference entitled ‘London International Disputes: Present and Future’, to be held at a cultural landmark in Trafalgar Square, Central London, and 18 technical sessions at 18 venues across central London covering different types of disputes and forms of dispute resolution. GAR Live London and BIICL’s Investment Treaty Forum Conference will also take place as part of LIDW. The detailed programme is set out below.
To help you make the most out of your time at LIDW, we have created practitioner pathways that broadly cater for those interested in:

investment disputes and international law;
international arbitration;
litigation and other forms of dispute resolution; and
international trade and commerce dispute resolution.

There will be crossover between the pathways particularly as different forms of dispute resolution (such as arbitration) are used for the resolution of disputes in many different sectors. These pathways are colour-coded for ease of identification.

There is much on offer during the week, but places at each event are necessarily limited. In order to ensure broad access to LIDW, spaces are limited to: 2 people per organisation at each of the 18 technical sessions; and, 3 people per organisation at the flagship conference. Places at the LIDW-associated events will also be limited. As such, please choose your sessions carefully and consider liaising with colleagues in advance. Please also note that where LIDW sessions occur in parallel, your registration choice will be limited to one of the relevant sessions.

A registration fee of £100 (+VAT) is payable per person in order to be able to indicate which of the LIDW sessions you’d like to attend. Additional fees are payable to attend the flagship conference and some other LIDW-associated events—these are marked with a £ sign. We expect all LIDW sessions to be very popular. In the event that you do not receive a confirmed place at one (minimum) of the LIDW sessions you select (and, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate preferences), your registration fee will be refunded.

In addition to technical sessions, the LIDW programme includes an opening drinks ceremony with keynote speeches (expressions of interest in attending are welcomed) and a gala dinner at Mansion House (which involves a fee). Look out for more social and networking events as they appear in due course.

  • Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Wednesday 8 May 2019
  • Thursday 9 May 2019
  • Friday 10 May 2019

09:00 - 10:30


The first event of LIDW will offer insights from a group of leading lawyers, academics and experts on how international parties perceive London as a centre for international dispute resolution.

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11:00 - 13:00


The public international law disputes session will bring together leading academics and practitioners to debate key issues of public international and its interplay with English law.

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The courts of England and Wales have the most powerful weapons and the greatest willingness internationally to assist victims of fraud, whether domestic or foreign. This session will explore how those powers can be used to assist not only victims of fraud but also domestic and foreign judgment and award creditors to locate, freeze and recover assets anywhere in the world.

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14:00 - 17:00


In this session leading practitioners will discuss and debate topical issues in investor-state dispute settlement and provide perspectives on what the future may hold in this fascinating field of practice.

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This session will examine why London is, and should remain, a pre-eminent forum to meet your commercial, business and legal needs in the resolution of complex cross-border financial services disputes.

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How English law and dispute resolution are evolving to address the challenges and opportunities raised by the tech sector.

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The changing landscape of commodities disputes’ will combine presentations, panel discussions and a Q&A session on topical issues in the resolution of commodities disputes.

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18:00 - 21:00


Express your interest in joining us for the opening drinks reception to toast the launch of LIDW in style.

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08:30 - 19:30


A full day conference featuring global leaders in international dispute resolution.

Registration from 8:30
Conference 9:00 to 17:45
Reception 17:45 to 19:30

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19:30 - 03:00


08:00 - 09:30


The only session dedicated to mediation during LIDW will focus on why this process is so successful in resolving international claims and how mediators and lawyers are meeting the challenges of 21st Century cross-border disputes.

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London is a well-recognised venue for resolving cross-border insurance disputes. The judiciary is drawn from a pool of counsel well-versed in insurance law and practice.

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The courts of England and Wales have long been the go to forum for cross border insolvencies. Can this pre-eminence survive the current political thunderclouds? Will English insolvency proceedings and judgments continue to be recognised abroad and how will the Courts deal with orders obtained overseas? We will assess the future for international insolvency disputes in this jurisdiction no matter what the outcome of the Brexit process.

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10:00 - 13:00


This much-anticipated session will examine topics relevant to an overarching theme: ‘London as a world-class seat of arbitration: existing strengths and how it may be improved’. The sessions will be relevant to London-seated arbitration specifically as well as international arbitration more generally. Speakers, including leading arbitrators, counsel, in-house counsel and legal funders, will provide insights from a diverse range of perspectives in an interactive and interesting format.

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Taking as its theme ‘Energy disputes in a disrupted world: leveraging our expertise for what lies ahead’, this session presents two panels: a commercial landscape in transition—lessons from the past as we prepare for the future; and, the environment and society—activism, pollution/remediation and disputes concerning climate change.

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In uncertain times, this session will provide an opportunity to hear leading experts debate the latest financial crime issues and trends in global investigations.

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14:00 - 15:30


London also plays a key role in the offshore world, and vice versa. This session will bring together premier offshore law firms with leading trust companies to examine the key issues often faced by trustees and others working with high net worth individuals from around the world.

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14:00 - 17:00


This session will examine how the Courts and legal profession in England & Wales have responded to demands to modernise and improve the approach taken to the production and deployment of evidence during the litigation process.

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The 9th Annual GAR Live London conference will focus on ‘Arbitration and its place in the world order’, with two panels considering different angles on that theme.

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18:45 - 22:00


Join us at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, for the LIDW Gala Dinner.

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Various Times


Cash flow is the lifeblood of the construction industry. The international construction disputes session will address the following theme: solving the problem of balancing fairness without starving the industry of its lifeblood; is the UK template a model that could be followed in other international construction markets? The session will consider the roles of ADR, international arbitration and the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in resolving international construction disputes.

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This highly interactive event includes two linked panel sessions and a Question Time (Q&A) session, presenting the key choices that London offers as a centre for international shipping dispute resolution and exploring some topical issues.

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A panel discussion reflecting on the heritage of London as a leading centre for competition disputes and analysing the potential impact of Brexit.

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Through two different panels, this session will explore trends in life sciences disputes and intellectual property (IP) disputes. We will explore the challenges being presented by disputes in these areas and the innovations being adopted by different dispute resolution procedures (such as court proceedings and international arbitration) to meet those challenges.

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Other Events


The thirty second Investment Treaty Forum Conference (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) coincides with the LIDW. It will focus on a range of issues related to State responsibility such as circumstances precluding wrongfulness, force majeure, distress and necessity, and fundamental change of circumstances.

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