Towards a Reform

A Particular View
on Construction Disputes

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Keynote speaker


Ms. Anna Joubin-Bret
Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and Director ITLD/OLA


ISDS Reform 

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Panel 1


Florian Nitu
Managing Partner
Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii (Bucharest)


Sarah Vasani
Partner, International Arbitration and Head of Investor State Disputes 
Addleshaw Goddard (London)

Mercy McBrayer
Research and Academic Affairs Manager 
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)

Emilie Gonin
Doughty Street Chambers (London)

Thomas Kendra
Partner, International Arbitration Practice 
Hogan Lovells (Paris)

Infrastructure projects and investment arbitration

June 3 - 12:30 CET

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Panel 2


Cornel Popa
Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii (Bucharest)


Julie Bedard
Partner, International Litigation and Arbitration Latin America 
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates (New York, Sao Paolo)

Prof. Dragos Sitaru
Attorney at Law and Arbitrator 
Dragos Sitaru & Asociatii (Bucharest)

Cristiana Irinel Stoica
Founding Partner 
Stoica & Asociatii (Bucharest)

Sami Tannous
Partner, Disputes, litigation and arbitration, Global investigations
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Dubai)

Arbitrability – whereto?

June 3 - 14:00 CET

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Panel 3


Sorina Olaru
NNDKP (Bucharest)


Evgeniya Rubinina
Enyo Law (London)

Marily Paralika
International Arbitration, Fieldfisher (Paris)

Hugh Carlson
Managing Director 
Three Crowns LLP (Washington)

Prof. Ioan Schiau
Managing Partner and Arbitrator
Schiau, Prescure, Teodorescu, Crisan SCA (Brasov)

IBA Rules on taking of evidence 2020 revised version – Anything missing?

June 3 - 15:30 CET

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Panel 4


Jalal El Ahdab
Partner Dispute Resolution Group
Bird & Bird (Paris)

Aisha Nadar
Senior Consultant 
Advokatfirman Runeland AB (Stockholm) 

Michael Mcilwrath
Former In-house litigation counsel 
General Electric and Vice President of Litigation at former GE subsidiary Baker Hughes (Florence)

Simon Greenberg
Partner, International Arbitration Group
Clifford Chance (Paris)


Cosmin Vasile
Managing Partner Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners (Bucharest)

June 4 - 11:00 CET

Disclosure and conflict of interest 
– next level

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Crina Baltag
Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration, Stockholm University (Stockholm)

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Launch Event 

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For many years, statistics have indicated that approximately 50% of the commercial arbitrations from Romania have derived from construction contracts, and a similar share exists also in other jurisdictions from Eastern Europe.

The keynote speech is an exceptional and highly topical one, as it will approach the much-talked-about and long-awaited ISDS reform. Further, an investment arbitration panel and 4 dedicated commercial arbitration panels will analyze hot issues, trends, news, reform and directions concerning infrastructure investment disputes, arbitrability, IBA 2020 revised rules on taking of evidence, as well as disclosure and conflict of interests.

The second BARD edition should have taken place in 2020, but it was, like many other similar events, cancelled. Very much like international arbitration, we have adapted to the unfriendly sanitary context, and this edition takes place as possible, namely fully online. Perhaps for this reason, but, certainly, also because we are hoping, like everybody, to go back, as quick as possible, to the good old times, that BARD 2021 will not focus on the issues of immediate impact of the pandemics on international arbitration. If it were not fully online, BARD 2021 would almost ignore the pandemics, because we are looking forward with hope, to the  future of arbitration.

Last but not least, a panel will analyze with endorsed speakers, from all possible angles, the specific problems of building 
a career in investment arbitration, with a special focus on job opportunities in this field.

Introductory note

Stefan Deaconu
President, The Court of International Commercial Arbitration Attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania

Panel 5


Elena Gutierrez Garcia de Cortazar
Independent Arbitrator 
Professor of Law, Former Secretary General of the Madrid Court of Arbitration (Paris)

Vincent Boca
Senior Counsel 
Profile Investment (Paris)

Cornel Marian
Bombardier Transportation (Stockholm)

Jean-Rémi de Maistre
CEO & Co-founder 
Jus Mundi (Paris)

Ewelina Wetrys 

DWF (Warsaw)


Alina Leoveanu
Senior Legal Consultant, Mayer Brown (Paris)

Ioana Knoll-Tudor
Jeantet (Budapest, Paris)

If you can see it, you can be it: exploring 7 professional paths 
within international arbitration

June 4 - 12:30 CET

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June 3 - 11:00 CET

June 3 - 11:00 CET

Young Romanian Arbitration Practitioners (YRAP)

Hit the Ground Running! 
How to Start Your Arbitration: 
The Case Management Conference

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From another perspective, 2020 and the pandemic context could not but affect also international arbitration, which has switched to the online almost instantaneously, has digitalized and virtualized with astonishing speed.

June 4th, 15:00 CET

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June 2nd, 8:30 CET to 13:00 CET

Elements of (Construction) Contract Management and Importance of Early DB 
Set Up 

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Thus, the keyword of BARD 2021 is reform. The general topic suggests that we are focusing on reforms, but it also gives the due importance to the construction area.

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A Particular View
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June 3rd - 11:00 CET 

Theme: ISDS Reform

Panel 1: 12:30 CET – 13:45 CET

Theme: Infrastructure projects and investment arbitration

Panel 2: 14:00 CET – 15:15 CET 

Theme: Arbitrability – whereto?

Panel 3: 15:30 CET – 16:45 CET

Theme: IBA Rules on taking of evidence 2020 revised version – Anything missing?

June 4th - 11:00 CET 

Panel 4: 11:00 CET – 12:15 CET

Theme: Disclosure and conflict of interest – next level

Panel 5: 12:30 CET – 13:45 CET

Theme: If you can see it, you can be it: exploring 7 professional paths within international arbitration