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Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns: Recent Trends in Law & Practice

Hybrid event, organized by BSP the Department of Law of the University of Luxembourg

This conference examines recent trends in the enforcement of awards against States, starting with an analysis of the impact of EU law on enforcement in and outside the EU. Speakers will then examine novel attempts by States to refuse enforcement and potential responses by investors. The challenges presented by the execution and attachment of sovereign assets will also be explored, followed by a round table where speakers will discuss questions on States’ obligations to comply with awards.



9:30 Welcome Address

Fabio Trevisan (BSP)

Javier García Olmedo (University of Luxembourg)


9:45 The Influence of EU Law on Enforcement

Chair: Gary Born (WilmerHale)

The effects of Achmea and Komstroy in non-EU jurisdictions

Nicholas Lawn (Lalive)

Competition law and arbitral awards

Ana Stanič (E&A Law Limited)

Brussels I and arbitration: insights from London Steam-Ship

Gilles Cuniberti (University of Luxembourg)


11:30 Novel Issues Related to Enforcement and Responses

Chair: Yael Ribco Borman (Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes)

Injunctive relief and enforcement outside the EU

Fabio Trevisan (BSP)

The assignment of awards

Javier García Olmedo (University of Luxembourg)

The award and the right to property

Laura Rees-Evans (Fietta)


13:00 Lunch break


14:00 The Attachment of Assets: Challenges and Limitations

Chair: Thierry Hoscheit (Cour de cassation, Luxembourg)

Immunities from adjudication and execution

Paschalis Paschalidis (Arendt & Medernach)

Immunities and States’ alter ego

Philippa Webb (King’s College London / Twenty Essex)

Assets tracing and recovery

Michaël Schlesinger (Archipel)


15:30 Round Table: Questions on States’ International Obligations to Comply with Awards

Chair: Luciana Ricart (Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle)

Crina Baltag (Stockholm University)

Matthew Happold (University of Luxembourg)

Loukas Mistelis (Queen Mary University / Clyde & Co)

Cameron Miles (3 Verulam Buildings)

Manuel Casas (Twenty Essex)


17:30 Closing Remarks

Matthew Happold (University of Luxembourg)

Laure-Hélène Gaicio-Fievez (BSP)



Online: The link to join the seminar will be sent to all registered attendees on the day before the event

In presence:

University of Luxembourg

Campus Kirchberg - Weicker Building

room B001 (ground floor)

4, rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg

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