Foley Hoag Attorneys Alexandra Kerr Meise and Constantinos Salonidis to Speak at Investment Arbitration Training Program at Columbia University

July 29, 2016

Foley Hoag LLP associates Alexandra Kerr Meise and Constantinos Salonidis, both of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration practice, will serve for the second consecutive year as faculty members at the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment Executive Training Program on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials, being held August 1-5, 2016 at Columbia University in New York.

This intensive week-long course, aimed at government officials involved in investor-State arbitration who manage investment treaty disputes and/or negotiate investment treaties, will focus on crucial procedural and substantive aspects of investment law. Scheduled topics of discussion include new developments in challenges to jurisdiction; process of and strategies for arbitrator selection and challenges; the relationship between contract-based and treaty-based claims; strategies for deterring or securing dismissal of frivolous claims; and new trends in treaty practice. This year’s session will be attended by government officials from the United States, Spain, Colombia, India, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Turkey, Guinea, Haiti, Albania, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Salonidis' session, "Other Grounds for Challenging Consent," will examine the modalities of forming perfected consent to investment treaty arbitration and the implications of a failure to do so for the jurisdiction ratione temporis and ratione voluntatis of investment treaty tribunals.

Meise will speak on "Expropriation: Elements, Defenses and New Developments," addressing the fundamentals of expropriation claims in the investor-State context, expropriation claims arising out of nationalizations and direct takings, as well as those based on indirect/de facto expropriations, and potential avenues of liability for expropriation under international law. In addition, she will review strategies for structuring one's defense and how that might affect damages mitigation measures and valuation calculations.

The Executive Training Program on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials is presented by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute of Columbia University. Click here for more information.

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