Climate Contracting: First Steps
Disputes in an age of uncertainty - Managing the energy tranistion
Anja Ipp spoke at this year’s Autumn Conference at the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), on a panel discussing issues of procedure in disputes relating to energy transition. One of the main topics of discussion was whether such disputes, because of their public policy context, warrant a greater level of transparency than other commercial disputes.
The Energy Charter Treaty at a Crossroads: A Roundtable Discussion
How can climate change and other public interests play a greater role in investor-state disputes under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)? In this expert roundtable, Anja Ipp emphasized the need for counsel and arbitrators to take a broader view in arbitrations relating to energy transition and fossil phase-out.
The roundtable included academics, practitioners and civil society, and was hosted by the Centre for International Law and Governance (CILG) at University of Copenhagen, Hasselt University, and Seven Summits Arbitration.
Investment Protection in Energy Transition
Annette Magnusson joined a discussion with Wendy Miles, Penelope Nevill and Mahnaz Malik of Twenty Essex, exploring the confluence of private and public international law in the context of investment dispute resolution in transition to net zero. This was a webinar organized by Net Zero Lawyers Alliance (NZLA) as part of London Climate Action Week. A recording of the event will be available shortly on the NZLA website.
Dispute resolution and the path to net-zero: How can you play your part?
The required rapid and far-reaching transition to reach net-zero by 2050 is giving rise to new investments and contracts, requiring investors and other contracting parties to manage and allocate risk, as far as possible, within their contracts and to reinforce that through appropriate and effective dispute resolution mechanisms. The role of international law and green contracting to reach the necessary objectives was discussed at this hybrid event hosted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in partnership with Ashurst LLP, where Annette Magnusson spoke on behalf of Climate Change Counsel.
Climate Change Disputes
In a program forming part of the London International Disputes Week, Annette Magnusson spoke at a panel focusing on disputes that states and corporates may face arising from climate change and energy transition issues. Full program here.
International Investment Law, Climate Change and Regulatory Chill
In this webinar, Anja Ipp discussed the Energy Charter Treaty from a climate perspective with Nevena Jevremovic from Association ARBITRI, in a conversation which also touched upon broader topics of international investment law. A recording of the event is available here.
Energy independence: fast-tracking infrastructure projects
The need to maintain a net zero perspective was emphasized by Annette Magnusson in introductory remarks at a summit with representatives from industry and policy in Florence on the topic of energy transition and independence. Practical obstacles for accelerated action in large infrastructure projects, including regulator frameworks, were specifically addressed in the discussion that followed. The meeting was hosted by MDisputes and the Florence Chamber of Commerce. A summary from the meeting is available here.
EU Trade Policy Committee
Anja Ipp gave a presentation at the informal meeting of the investment delegates of the Trade Policy Committee hosted by the French Presidency of the European Union.
Climate Law in Practice
The story behind Climate Change Counsel and opportunities for law students to make a difference for the climate were some of the topics discussed at this this fireside chat with Annette Magnusson, hosted by Cambridge University and partners.
Climate change cases against governments - an overview of the state of play
Climate Change Litigation is the focus of the 2022 Annual Litigation Forum of the International Bar Association in London. The last few years have seen a surge of climate change-related cases, and Anja Ipp was one of the speakers in a panel which considered the current state of play and look ahead at future developments in the area of climate change litigation against governments.
Other topics at the Forum included invoking human rights in climate change cases against private actors, and the role of the courts in climate change litigation. The full program is available here.
Using International Arbitration to Resolve Climate Change Disputes: A Look Ahead
Climate change disputes: Is arbitration a sustainable option?
This event hosted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators focused on the rise of climate-related disputes resulting from the energy transition and examined the question of whether dispute resolution mechanisms providing for international arbitration can help support or impede the goals of the Paris Agreement in both the commercial and investor-state context. Annette Magnusson was joined on the speakers’ list by Jessica Crow, Wolf von Kumberg and Ned Beale. A recording from the event can be found here.
Is the Future of Arbitration Greener?
As part of the Future of Arbitration Day, hosted by Georgetown International Arbitration Society (GIAS) during the 10th Annual International Arbitration Month, Annette Magnusson discussed the future of arbitration from a green perspective together with Patrick McManus, Cherine Foty and Ryan Hicks. For a full program visit the GIAS website.
The energy transition in Europe: Understanding the implications of the Energy Charter Treaty
At a workshop organized by Generation Climate Europe, Annette Magnusson talked about what we know about the role of the ECT in the energy transition process so far. The role of youth in the energy transition was also a focus of the discussion.
A summary of the webinar is available here.
Green arbitration at the Swedish Arbitration Day
At the Swedish Arbitration Day, Anja Ipp shared her insights on how to make arbitration more climate and environment-friendly. Among others, she discussed the importance of reducing waste and limiting travel in arbitration activities, and that all lawyers are climate lawyers now.
The event is organized by the Young Arbitrators Sweden. More information is available here.
26 OCTOBER - 5 NOVEMBER
Climate Change Counsel at COP26
Critical business and trade risks of climate change inaction, how to operate in an environment with global environmental compliance obligations, and Net Zero Regulation & Investment Protection. These are some of the themes our Co-Founder Annette Magnusson has been and will be involved in and discuss in the week leading up to COP26 in Glasgow:
- 26 October: Spotlight on COP26: key themes and business implication organized by Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Australia. The recording is available here.
- 29 - 30 October: The Cambridge Climate Law Public Policy Conference.
- 5 November: A roundtable on Relocating International Capital and the Role of Law as part of Climate Law and Governance Day
Investment arbitration and the environment
ISDS and the Environment was addressed by Annette Magnusson in a panel at the 11th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference hosted by the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic. The conference was aimed at sharing experience between senior government officials and, top legal practitioners and academics in the field. It was open to the public and held fully online.
More information is available here.
Green kick-start of global economy
Systematic initiatives for a green kick-start of the global economy was addressed by Annette Magnusson at the UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit 2021 on 1 November 2021, in an event organized as part of the Hong Kong Legal Week. Annette’s intervention focused on the role of UNCITRAL instruments in addressing climate change, including the UNCITRAL Net Zero Legislative Project, and the inherent strengths of green contract drafting.
A recording of the event is available here.
Energy Charter Treaty Arbitration and Paris Agreement: friends or foes?
The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration hosted its 7th annual lecture on 28 October. In her lecture, Annette Magnusson addressed the Energy Charter Treaty in the Paris Agreement era.
A recording of the event is available here.
Resolving environmental disputes at the time of decarbonisation
Anja Ipp spoke at a webinar that discussed arbitration at the time of decarbonization. Anja spoke about how stakeholders choose dispute settlement in all disputes, and the impact that choice has on the climate.
The event is organized by Asian International Arbitration Center. More information here.
Human rights, arbitration and climate change
Andrina Kjellgren contributed to a roundtable discussion on human rights and arbitration as part of the seventh edition of Arbitration Open in Madrid. Andrina addressed why human rights are important for climate change - and also highlighted the rise of litigation against corporations related to human rights and climate change.
The event was organized by the European Arbitration Association. More information here. Read also an interview with the president of the European Arbitration association about greener arbitration, the theme of this year's event.
Climate change litigation risk
In a webinar focusing on climate change litigation, Annette Magnusson gave an overview of landmark climate change cases. Specifically, she addressed the impact of the Royal Dutch Shell judgement in companies' strategy.
The webinar was organized by FIBS and only open for members of the organization. Please contact us if you would like to access the content. More information here.
Climate change on the agenda in Paris
This year, climate change was the focus of several webinars during Paris Arbitration Week. On 22 September, Annette Magnusson contributed to the panels Energy and Climate Change – Part II: How to Account for Science in International Arbitration and International Law and Investment Arbitration and the Green Transition.
Arbitration, environment, animal conservation and climate crisis
Asia Alternative Dispute Resolution Week took place between 19 to 21 August. On 19 August, Annette spoke in a panel discussion on Extending the Roots of Arbitration: Environment, Animal Conservation, and Climate Crisis. The discussion focused on ADR not just as a platform to resolve disputes, but also as a strong ally that raises the awareness of pressing environmental, corporate responsibility and climate crisis issues.
The event was organized by Asian International Arbitration Centre. More information here.
Climate perspective on the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty
Anja Ipp gave the climate perspective on modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) at a seminar organized by the Energy Disputes Arbitration Center. This fall, Climate Change Counsel is conducting a comprehensive review of ECT arbitral awards to further inform the modernization process.
The recording of the webinar is available here.
54th session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
Climate Change Counsel has received Observer status with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and will continue to advocate for the climate in this forum. The 54th session of UNCITRAL took place from 28 June to 16 July, and on 9 July, Annette Magnusson spoke at a side event titled 'The Net Zero Legislative Project: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Issues in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution'.
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Tales of the tribunals
As a guest at the podcast Tales of the Tribunals, Annette spoke about the new initiative Climate Change Counsel, her time as the Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and many more.
Listen to the podcast here.
The future sources of disputes
The future sources of investment treaty arbitration was one of the topics at Jus Mundi Agora Series Webinar where Annette Magnusson will participate. Annette specifically addressed the sources of disputes that are related to climate change.
London Climate Week
The Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, one of the main partners of Climate Change Counsel, organized a launch event at the London Climate Week. Annette Magnusson took part in the launch event and spoke about the collaboration between Climate Change Counsel and Net Zero Lawyers Alliance to accelerate the net-zero.
More information here.
Substantive Issues at the Intersection of Climate Change and International Arbitration
Delos organized 'TagTime', a series of live webinar that will discuss substantive issues in international arbitration. As part of the third season of TagTime, Annette Magnusson spoke in a 1-hour webinar on overview and examples of how substantive issues relating to climate change could appear or has appeared in commercial and investor-state arbitration.
More information here.
Innovation in international arbitration
At a webinar focusing on innovation in arbitration, Andrina Kjellgren explored the new trends of business and human rights arbitration and human rights counterclaims in investor-state disputes, which might include environmental protection issues. Meanwhile, Annette Magnusson addressed the climate reality surrounding us, and that reflected the needs for international arbitration to be part of net-zero transition.
The event was co-organized by Climate Change Counsel, Simple Legal Consulting, CICA, WilmerHale, DJ Arbitraje and ULACIT Costa Rica. Recording of the event is available here.
Nordic lawyers in the net zero transition
Climate Change Counsel, together with the Net Zero Lawyers' Alliance and the Chancery Lane Project organized a webinar to explore the role of commercial lawyers in the net zero transition. Moderated by Anja Ipp, legal practitioners from the Nordics shared their experience in advising clients in climate change-related projects. The webinar was aimed at lawyers at all levels and across practice groups.
Climate Change, Decarbonization, and International Dispute Resolution
The event brought together leading practitioners, in-house counsel, and experts to discuss the nexus between climate change law/policy and international dispute resolution practice, across the public and private sectors. In a panel, Annette Magnusson discussed the latest development in climate change law and policy.
The event was organized by CIArb North America Branch Young Members Group. Find more information here.
Championing environmental sustainability in the profession
The event brought together physicist, scientific manager and lawyers to discuss how to champion sustainability in their profession. Annette Magnusson spoke at the webinar celebrating International Environment Day. She gave examples to demonstrate how central climate change could be to legal arguments, and why even “incidental” elements of climate change in disputes play a major role in the transition towards Net Zero.
Meet the female arbitrators - a discussion on arbitration and climate change
15th Annual Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration
Annette Magnusson gave a keynote speech at the 15th Annual Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration. The conference tackled questions of systemic reform currently under consideration in various fora, among others related to investor-state dispute settlement reform.
The event was organized by JURIS Conferences. More information here.