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GAR Awards 2017 – first shortlist for Milan

03 March 2017

GAR Awards 2017 – first shortlist for Milan

Award season is upon us again, and with the GAR Awards in Milan just weeks away, the process for nominations has begun. 

The 2017 Awards will take place at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel on 29 March, two days before the IBA International Arbitration Day. The black-tie event, to raise money for the Swawou School Foundation in Sierra Leone, will once again include a drinks reception and dinner and the unveiling of this year’s GAR 30.

Details to register for the event can be found here

Over the coming days, GAR will be publishing shortlists for those categories that will soon be open to a vote, starting today with best speech or lecture. 

The nominations are as follows, with links to the GAR reports where available and, in some cases, a link to the transcript of the lecture. A voting form will be published later this week for you to cast your vote.


  • Neil Andrews – in a lecture at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the University of Cambridge professor asked if the UK can thrive post-Brexit?
  • Gary Born – “Winter is coming” warned Born, highlighting problems of legitimacy for international arbitration after its long golden summer
  • Gary Born lecture highlighting the lack of a level playing field in the selection of tribunal members, and suggesting publicly available feedback on arbitrators as “a substitute for experience”
  • James Crawford – lecture on the ideal attributes of an arbitrator, media attacks on the “conclave” of lawyers that decide investor-state disputes and the EU’s proposals for a permanent investment court
  • Bernardo Cremades – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Alexander Lecture on the abuse of due process in international arbitration – which he says has become “a real threat” to tribunals 
  • Bernardo Cremades – lecture at a conference organised by the Belgian chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club on the characteristics of arbitration in highly regulated sectors such as energy, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and banking and finance – noting the difficulty of “reconciling the private nature of arbitration with the public functions of the regulator” 
  • Elliott Geisinger – Clayton Utz-University of Sydney lecture on the independence needed from counsel, experts and arbitral institutions as well as arbitrators
  • Hilary Heilbron QC – keynote address at a joint ArbitralWomen and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators event encouraging women show positivity, perseverance and patience and to support other women by appointing them as counsel or arbitrators when they can 
  • Lord Hoffmann –  address at the ICCA Congress in Mauritius praising arbitrators’ honourable part in the promotion of economic growth and human happiness by peacefully and effectively resolving disputes, but warning that they must observe the limits of their role 
  • Doug Jones – Roebuck lecture on the "blind man's bluff" of costs in arbitration, recommending that tribunals allocate them at interim stages of cases to encourage good conduct by parties and keep down the final bill 
  • Jennifer Kirby – in Helsinki, the former deputy secretary of the ICC International Court of Arbitration describes the quest for fast, cheap and good arbitration – as elusive, or perhaps mythical, as the unicorns she loved as a little girl
  • Sundaresh Menon – Herbert Smith Freehills and Singapore Management University Asian Arbitration lecture on the lessons from the Croatia-Slovenia case and the need for clearer articulation of the role of party-appointed arbitrators and a central body to discipline all arbitrators who transgress
  • Wendy Miles QC – Proskauer lecture in New York addressing how the system and day-to-day practice of international arbitration can help to combat climate change 
  • Philippe Pinsollespeech at Dutch Arbitration Day in Amsterdam arguing that defending investment arbitration is a lost battle and expresses his support for investment court 
  • Lucy Reed – Freshfields lecture using the example of a case involving Donald Trump to show how due process arguments are abusively used as a sword as well as a shield in international arbitration lecture
  • Michael Reisman – White & Case/Carolyn Lamm lecture at the University of Miami on the surge of globalisation and nationalist sentiment in many economically important states, signalling a crossroads for investment law 
  • David W Rivkinlecture at the IBA Conference in Washington, DC, urging lawyers to behave more ethically because “publicity about one lawyer who crosses the line harms all of us”
  • J William Rowley QCspeech at three-day conference in Delhi, setting out five fundamental changes needed for India to achieve its goal of being a global hub for international arbitration 
  • Franz Schwarz – Bergsten lecture in Vienna looking at interplay of burden of proof and disclosure and tension between citil law and common law approaches
  • Stephen M Schwebeladdress at Sidley Austin criticising the European Union’s proposal to replace investor-state arbitration with a permanent investment court as "appeasement" of critics which creates a risk of bias in favour of states 
  • Lord Thomas – the controversial BAILII lecture arguing arbitration is seriously impeding the development of the common law as the framework to underpin the international markets, trade and commerce 
  • Stephan Wilske and Lars Markert – lecture in Seoul on the effects on East Asian business and dispute resolution of the political earthquakes of Brexit and Trump's election as president
  • Sir Michael Wood – Lalive lecture on the choice between arbitration and permanent courts to resolve the rising number of inter-state dispute (Geneva, July 2016)
  • Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf – keynote speech at the ICCA Congress in Mauritius warning that international arbitration’s contribution to the rule of law in Africa is being hindered by the reluctance of parties to use local arbitral institutions or appoint African arbitrators. 
  • Nassib Ziadé – keynote speech at GAR Live Dubai, arguing that international arbitration tribunals “lag behind” than many international courts and tribunals when it comes to diversity 


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