Dublin International Arbitration Day 2019
Event Programme

The seventh annual Dublin International Arbitration Day, Ireland’s leading conference on international arbitration, will take place on Friday, November 15. The conference offers an outstanding line up of international expert speakers on topics of relevance and interest.

8.30 – 9.00             Registration and refreshments

9.00 – 9.15             Opening and welcome address

Paul Gardiner SC, President of Arbitration Ireland

Paul was called to the Bar in 1987 and to the Inner Bar in October 2000. He has appeared as counsel in many significant commercial litigation cases, and acted as arbitrator both domestically and internationally, while also appearing as counsel in many arbitrations. He is an accredited mediator with the CEDR, and has acted as mediator in a number of significant commercial disputes.

9.15 – 9.45             Keynote speaker

Change for the sake of change – what does the user actually want from arbitration, and does the explosions of recent innovations actually deliver?

Karl Hennessee, Senior VP, Airbus, (Toulouse), France

Karl is Senior Vice President, Litigation, Investigations and Regulatory Affairs at Airbus. He serves as Chairman of the Governing Body of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and as member of the Global Finance Committee as well as sitting as arbitrator in non-ICC cases. Karl gives guest lectures in law and public policy at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris Assas, Sciences Po, and Toulouse Business School.

9.45 – 11.00           Session 1

Climate related disputes – disputes that are emerging and likely to emerge out of climate change policy and the increased use of renewable energy

Chair: Conor Linehan, William Fry

Conor is a Partner at William Fry and leads the firm’s environmental law practice. He has a long-standing interest in legal and policy responses to climate change. He has designed and taught courses in climate law for Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. He was a vice chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Presidential Task Force on Climate Justice and is the Irish Government appointee to the Environmental Law Panel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Law and the Environment at University College Cork, from where he holds his law degree. He holds the degree of Barrister-at-Law from King’s Inns and a Master’s degree in Environmental Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury.


Alison Pearsall, Veolia Environnement (Paris), France

Alison provides legal and strategic counsel in complex arbitration and international litigation cases for Veolia Environnement in northern Europe, north America and Australia. Previously, Alison was responsible for energy-related arbitration and litigation cases in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Shell. She had served as the Common Law Counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration and worked in private practice in New York and Paris.

Matthew E Draper, Draper & Draper LLC, (New York) U.S.A.

Matthew is an experienced international arbitration counsel and arbitrator based in New York. As counsel, Matthew represents U.S. and foreign clients in arbitrations and litigations. He serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s ADR Committee on the Environment, Energy and Resources, and on the ICC Task Force on the Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes.

Andy Moody, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, (London) U.K.

Andy is a Partner in the firm’s dispute resolution and international arbitration practices in London. Andy has extensive experience in international arbitration, mediation, expert determination and complex litigation both before the English Court and abroad. He is also a solicitor advocate and regularly sits as arbitrator. Andy is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 and Chambers.

Janet Whittaker, Senior Counsel, Clifford Chance (Washington D.C.) U.S.A.

Janet Whittaker is Senior Counsel at Clifford Chance based in Washington, DC.  Her practice focuses on international arbitration, business and human rights, international trade, and climate change issues.

11.00 – 11.30         Coffee break, kindly sponsored by Cornerstone Research

11.30 – 12.45         Session 2

Innovations in technology – how they affect international arbitration

Chair: Ann Henry, Pinsent Masons

Ann Henry is a commercial litigator and leads the Intellectual Property (IP) and Data Litigation Practice for Pinsent Masons in Ireland. She is a member of the Government’s Data Forum, which sits in the Department of An Taoiseach, and advises on data-related issues facing Ireland’s digital economy. She is a past Chair of the Intellectual Property and Data Protection Committee of the Law Society.


Kathleen Paisley, Ambos Lawyers, (Brussels), Belgium

Kathleen has spent thirty years as counsel in disputes, transactions, and related matters, including competition/antitrust, cyber security, data protection, intellectual property (mainly technology-related), and EU regulatory matters. She brings a truly international approach to her work given her US nationality and training, European and US presences, and experience covering Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Panel to be finalised.

12.45 – 14.00           Lunch

14.00 – 15.15             Session 3

The dominance of arbitration within international commercial disputes

Chair: The Hon. Mr Justice David Barniville, Dedicated Arbitration Judge, High Court, Ireland

David was appointed a judge of the High Court of Ireland in December 2017. He is currently assigned to the Commercial Division of that Court and in June 2018 he was appointed as the Arbitration Judge in the High Court. In July 2018 he became a member of Ireland’s National Group on the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.


Professor Doug Jones AO, Atkin Chambers, London, Toronto, and Sydney

Doug is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. His expert matters include infrastructure, energy, commodities, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions. He has extensive experience under ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, ACICA, SIAC, DIAC, EDF Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding billions of US dollars.

David Kavanagh QC, Skadden, (London), UK

David is European co-head of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Skadden. Based in London, he focuses on complex international arbitration and cross-border litigation. Mr Kavanagh was part of the group named International Arbitration Team of the Year at the 2017 Legal Business Awards and named among Law360’s 2016 Practice Groups of the Year for international arbitration.

Constantine Partasides QC, Three Crowns, (London), U.K.

Constantine is a founding partner of Three Crowns LLP and is based in the firm’s London office.  He has been named in Who’s Who’s top 20 individuals in the world of arbitration since 2011, is a co-author of Redfern & Hunter on International Arbitration, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

15.15 – 15.30             Coffee break, kindly sponsored by Cornerstone Research

15.30 – 16.45             Session 4

Debate: The EU – a positive or negative influence on international arbitration?

Chair: Paul McGarry SC, The Bar of Ireland

Paul was called to the Bar in 1996 and appointed a senior counsel in 2010, He has also been a member of the Bar of England and Wales since 2012. A former Chairman of the The Bar of Ireland, his practice is primarily in public, commercial and European law. Paul is an accredited mediator and international arbitrator.


Duncan Matthews QC, Twenty Essex, (London), U.K.

Duncan is joint Head of Chambers at Twenty Essex. He is a leading trial advocate with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. Duncan has a large international arbitration practice both as counsel and arbitrator, with experience spanning a wide range of arbitral institutions including HKIAC, ICC, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and SIAC (ad hoc).

Kieron O’Callaghan, (London), U.K.

Kieron is a partner and head of Hogan Lovells’ International Arbitration practice in London. He has extensive experience handling a broad range of complex, high-value international arbitrations (ad hoc, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL), with a particular focus on energy (oil, gas and LNG) and joint venture/shareholder disputes. Kieron is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.

Joe Tirado, (London), U.K.

Joe is Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR of leading Spanish and Latin American firm, Garrigues. He has close to 30 years of dispute resolution experience representing sovereign governments, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals. Joe has handled hundreds of cases across a broad range of industry sectors as a litigator, counsel, arbitrator, mediator and expert.

16.45 – 17.30             Session 5

Third party funding (report on developments in Ireland)


Michael Collins SC, The Bar of Ireland

Michael has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration, with appointments as arbitrator from the ICC, the LCIA and UNCITRAL. He is Chairman of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, a member of the ICC national committee and Adjunct Professor at the Sutherland Law School at University College Dublin.

Susan Dunn, Harbour Litigation Funding, (London), U.K.

Susan is one of the most experienced professionals in the funding sector. A pioneer of litigation funding in the UK, having established her first funder in 2002, Susan has provided significant input to the development of public policy on funding around the world. Susan is a founding member of the UK’s Association of Litigation Funders, which she now chairs. Harbour now has funds of £760 million.

Panel to be finalised.

17.30 – 17.45             Close of conference

18.30 – 21.00             Conference Dinner – Honorable Society of the Kings Inns,

kindly sponsored by Dublin City Council

21.00 – Until late      Traditional Music – “The Sheds”