Washington D.C. Arbitration Week

Washington D.C. Arbitration Week

3 Episodes

Washington D.C. is the epicenter of investment arbitration. It has the headquarters of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), law firms specialized in investment arbitration, public international law and international commercial arbitration, international organizations, United States federal agencies specialized in investment arbitration, embassies, vibrant law schools, NGOs and think tanks. Washington D.C. Arbitration Week (WAW) provides an organic D.C. forum in international arbitration for its legal community and the international and foreign community connected to it. WAW will further advance the analysis and discussion of developments reflected in arbitral awards, treaties and international instruments at the forefront of international arbitration.

WAW’s panels will follow a dynamic format and foster an open discussion about the future of international arbitration. They will shed light on new arbitration techniques, focus on developments and evolving interpretations and views, and discuss the best practices for international arbitration in the new virtual reality.

WAW 2023 will be a showcase of international arbitration in Washington, D.C. On behalf of all of our supporters, panel speakers and moderators, we welcome newcomers and experienced practitioners alike to our city and arbitration community.

WAW Founders,

José Antonio Rivas & Ian A. Laird


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Washington D.C. Arbitration Week
  • Conference Opening Speech

    Episode 1

    Meg Kinnear is the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

    She worked as Senior General Counsel (2006-2009) and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada (1999-2006). Prior to this, Ms. Kinnear also worked as the Executive Assistant ...

  • Investment Treaty Arbitration in the Digital Era

    Episode 2

    WAW’s panel on Investment Treaty Arbitration in the Digital Era: Using BITs to protect cryptocurrency investments will address today’s economy becoming a digital economy and how it could impact BITs initially designed for physical investments. This panel will focus on the following issues:


  • Foreign Investment Laws

    Episode 3

    This WAW panel will focus on how unilateral acts have emerged as a source of international law. It will also analyze how an investment law may constitute a basis for consent to investor-State arbitration, and how, notwithstanding this possibility, and the practice of non-treaty and non-contract c...