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Conference “Investment Arbitration Reform and the Termination of Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties”

Date and time:27–28 May 2021,

10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Place:Zoom platform

Vilnius University Law Faculty invites for the discussion and reflection on the current status of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Europe and especially in its Eastern region, where most of the respondents are situated. This two half-days online conference will cover a variety of hot topics ranging from the Multilateral Investment Court, the UNCITRAL reform initiative, regional experiences, the nuts and bolts of the intra-EU BITs termination agreement to the future of investment arbitration in Eastern Europe.

The event is supported by “the European Society of International Law”. Only registered participants will be able to attend the conference.


27 May 2021

Panel 1. The debate on ISDS reform, main narratives and tensions moderated by Dr. Inga Martinkutė, Vilnius University (10:00 – 11:30 EEST)

  • Emeritus Prof. M. Sornarajah, the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore
  • Colin Brown, Head of Unit, Legal aspects of trade and sustainable development and investment, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
  • Prof. Yarik Kryvoi, Senior Fellow, Director, the Investment Treaty Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Dr. Crina Baltag, Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration, Co-Director, International Commercial Arbitration Law (ICAL) LLM, Stockholm University


Panel 2. Investment arbitration experience and investment law reform from a regional perspective moderated by Prof. Solveiga Palevičienė, Mykolas Romeris University (11:45 – 13:15 EEST)

  • Dr. Jaroslav Kudrna, the Head of the International Arbitration and Investment Protection Unit at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
  • Dr. Dafina Atanasova, Lecturer at the Geneva LL.M. on International Dispute Settlement (MIDS)
  • Ilze Mikulana (ex Dubava), Legal Advisor of the State Chancellery of the Republic of Latvia
  • Dr. Wojciech Sadowski, Founding Partner of Queritius, Poland
  • Miriama Kiselyova, Investment Expert and Legal Adviser, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Slovakia

28 May 2021

Panel 3. Intra-EU BITs termination and what’s next within the EU and externally? (in Lithuanian) moderated by Dr. Eglė Zemlytė, Vilnius University (10:00 – 11:30 EEST)

  • Ieva Kirkaitė, Second Secretary in the Department of Law and International Treaties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Dr. Emilija Leinartė, British Academy PD Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University, the UK
  • Aliona Bitkivskaja, Counsel at Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Singapore

Panel 4. The EU investment protection: practical implications for Lithuanian and EU investors (in Lithuanian) moderated by Dr. Rimantas Daujotas, Vilnius University (11:45 – 13:15 EEST)

  • Prof. Skirgailė Žalimienė, Judge and Vice-president of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania
  • Andžej Maciejevski, Judge of the Supreme Court of Lithuania
  • Prof. Jurgita Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė, the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University
  • Rapolas Kasparavičius, Associate, Ellex Valiunas