DAA Investment Arbitration Committee Meeting

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On Thursday 29 June 2017 the DAA Investment Arbitration Committee will organize a meeting with the theme: President Trump, Brexit and elections in Europe: will arbitration survive the new era of protectionism?

Location: Linklaters Amsterdam office - Zuidplein 180-WTC, 1077 XV Amsterdam

Investment arbitration has never been the subject of so much criticism as it has over the last two years. Anti-TTIP/CETA demonstrations are now drawing huge crowds and politicians on both sides of the political spectrum are now actively voicing protectionism. What’s more, with Donald Trump as president of the United States and the upcoming elections in Europe, these protectionist tendencies can now become actual policies – with TPP and NAFTA as their first victims. The first panel addresses these challenges for investment arbitration. The second panel addresses the question whether the tendencies could ultimately also affect commercial arbitration as a means of dispute resolution.



12:30 - 14:00 Light lunch
14.00 - 15:30

First panel
Protectionism in Europe and the United States: national investors first?


  • Marten van den Berg, Director General, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bart Legum, Partner, Dentons, Paris
  • Christoph Bondy, Partner, Volterra Fietta, London


  • Developments in respect of European trade agreements  (CETA, TTIP)
  • Developments in the United States (TPP, NAFTA)
  • Is arbitration as a means of dispute resolution the only victim, or will also the material protection of foreign investors suffer?
  • Alternative developments: China as pioneer of globalization and investment protection?
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30

Second panel
How to save commercial arbitration from the same criticism as investment arbitration?


  • Albert Marsman, Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam
  • Daniella Strik, Partner, Linklaters, Amsterdam
  • Mélanie Van Leeuwen, Partner, Derains & Gharavi, Paris


  • What are the risks of a ‘trickle down’ effect of the backlash against investment arbitration on commercial arbitration?
  • Should we ‘sacrifice’ investment arbitration to save commercial arbitration?
  • Are there any indications that the commercial system is also under attack?
17.30 - 19.00 Closure and drinks


Since places are limited, please register ASAP by sending an email to: events@dutcharbitrationassociation.nl