October 22-23, 2017
International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism
The 6th Annual Conference of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society
Resolving Cross-Border Business Disputes in an Age of Receding Globalism
The past year has seen the rise of populist nationalism, skepticism of multilateral trade agreements, and calls to tighten, in some ways, the flow of people across borders – perhaps most visibly in the United States, but with varying manifestations in other parts of the world as well. For some, these developments represent a much-needed course correction to protect their nation’s security and address macroeconomic trends that have hurt working people. Others see them as harbingers of the demise of the post-World War II neoliberal global order or worse.
These developments are sparking lively political debate, but they also raise non-partisan, practical questions in the realm of international business dispute resolution:
- Will the push and pull of nationalist sentiments affect where and how businesses resolve cross-border disputes?
- Might the relationship between nationalist courts and arbitral tribunals shift?
- Will the backlash against globalism encompass or impact the world of international arbitration?
- What is the future of investor-state dispute resolution?
- How might tighter immigration controls impact international arbitration proceedings?
- Will there be fewer players in the competition among jurisdictions positioning themselves as the most cosmopolitan and friendly to international arbitration?
These questions and others will be addressed in a series of interactive sessions, with a focus on real-world implications for lawyers representing clients doing business internationally.