Emerging Trends in International Arbitration in Latin America: Energy Disputes, Rules, Remedies, Jurisdiction, and Integration


This two-day conference focused on emerging trends in the use of international arbitration to resolve energy disputes in Latin America. Leading international experts explored critical issues in the field of international dispute resolution related to increasing globalization and Latin American integration. The discussions also covered changes in and challenges to international arbitration arising in energy disputes, including rules, remedies, and jurisdiction. Read press release.

Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados
Centro de Arbitraje y Mediacion – Camara de Comercio de Santiago
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
International Centre for Dispute Resolution

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

International Chamber of Commerce Chile
Permanent Court of Arbitration
Vinson & Elkins LLP
UT Law Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law

Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:00 a.m.     Registration Opens

8:50 a.m.     Welcoming Remarks
Marcelo Albornoz
, Under Secretary of Justice, Chilean Ministry of Justice

Melinda E. Taylor, Executive Director, Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law, The University of Texas School of Law

Andres Jana, Partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

9:00 a.m.     Investor-State Disputes Involving Energy Policies and Regulations
Tim Tyler, Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Donald Donovan, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Andres Jana, Partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

10:30 a.m.    Break

11:00 a.m.    Jurisdiction of Arbitrators, Respective Roles of Courts and Arbitrators, and Mechanisms for Resolving Energy Disputes and Enforcing Awards in Latin America
Alan S. Rau, Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair in Law, The University of Texas School of Law

Gonzalo Flores, Team Leader/Senior Counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
Matthew D. Slater, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

12:30 p.m.    Break for Lunch

12:45 p.m.     Lunch

1:30 p.m.       Luncheon Presentation: Chile, World Trade, and the Pacific Alliance
Alvaro Jana, former Vice Minister for Trade and General Director of International Economic Relations with the Chilean Foreign Ministry

2:00 p.m.     Break

2:30 p.m.     Remedies in International Energy Disputes
Johanna Klein Kranenberg, Counsel, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

Dietmar W. Prager, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Guido Tawil, Senior Partner, M. & M. Bomchil Abogados
Martin Doe, Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration

4:00 p.m.     Break

4:30 p.m.     Corporate Counsel Roundtable
Elisabeth Eljuri, Head of Latin America, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Gonzalo Fratini, In-House Counsel, Pan American Energy
Carlos Saavedra Teran, In-House Counsel, YPFB-Andina
Alfredo del Carril, Legal Manager, ENAP
Santiago Montt, Legal Group, Base Metals, BHP Billiton

5:30 p.m.     Adjourn to Reception

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From left to right: conference faculty Professor Lawrence Sager, The University of Texas School of Law, Professor Victor Ferreres Comella, Pompeu Fabra University, Andres Jana, partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados, Alfredo del Carril, legal manager, ENAP, Elisabeth Eljuri, head of Latin America and partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Gonzalo Flores, team leader/senior counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and conference participant.

 Friday, June 6, 2014

8:15 a.m.     Conference Room Opens

9:00 a.m.     Is there a Right Balance? Human Rights and the Environment in Energy Disputes
Karen L. Engle, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, Co-director, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, The University of Texas School of Law

Juan M. Alcala, Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Ximena Fuentes Torrijo, Of Counsel, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:35 a.m.  Latin American Integration and Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector
Luis M. Martinez, Vice President, Region: South & Central America & North East USA, International Centre for Dispute Resolution

Victor Ferreres Comella, Professor of Constitutional Law, Pompeu Fabra University
Cristian Conejero, Member of the Court of International Arbitration of the ICC (Chile)

12:00 p.m.    Closing Remarks
 Sager, Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair, The University of Texas School of Law

12:45 p.m.    Adjourn


CONFERENCE CONTACT: mpajon@law.utexas.edu


“I am deeply grateful for all your efforts and for the tremendous effort shown in developing the conference with professionalism.”

“All of these topics are important for regional development, and when great minds come together, [they] always contribute to global knowledge. [I]t was interesting to learn and deepen [my] understanding.”

“Congratulations on the success of the conference held on [June 5 and 6] in Santiago, Chile.”

“Congratulations to you … for a great conference.”