Constantine Partasides QC will be speaking on TRENDLINES IN ENERGY DISPUTES – WHAT IS NEXT? at the 6th annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Arbitration. The conference, to be held Jan. 24-25 in Houston, Texas, will be presented by The Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Transnational Arbitration and Institute for Energy Law in collaboration with the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

The conference will cover key arbitration challenges and opportunities for the energy sector and their implications for cross-border commerce and international investment, featuring an outstanding faculty of international arbitration and energy experts. The keynote address will be presented by Eileen Akerson, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at KBR, Inc., titled “A General Counsel Perspective: Positioning for Successful Resolution of International Energy Disputes.” More than 200 participants from across the United States and more than 10 countries are expected to attend.

Other highlights include:

  • Spotlight on Russia: Energy-Related Disputes
  • Technology and International Arbitration
  • Climate Considerations in Energy Disputes
  • The Top 10 Developments in International Energy Arbitration
  • The future of international energy disputes from the client perspective with in-house counsel from ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, BP America and Encana Corporation

Co-sponsors include:

  • Houston International Arbitration Club
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy

The conference will be held at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Texas.  For more information and to register, see the conference program.

About the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)

As part of The Center for American and International Law, ITA provides advanced, continuing education for lawyers, judges and other professionals concerned with transnational arbitration of commercial and investment disputes. Through its programs, scholarly publications and membership activities, ITA has become an important global forum on contemporary issues in the field of transnational arbitration. For more information, visit

About the Institute for Energy Law (IEL)

As part of The Center for American and International Law, IEL provides superior educational and professional opportunities for lawyers and other professionals in the energy industry through educational courses, conferences, scholarly publications and membership activities. IEL presents numerous educational conferences and seminars each year, publishes papers and periodicals, and provides an important forum in which contemporary issues affecting the energy industries can be discussed. For more information, visit

ICC International Court of Arbitration

Established in 1923 as the arbitration body of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Court of Arbitration pioneered international commercial arbitration as it is known today. Working closely with its Secretariat, the Court’s primary role is to administer ICC arbitrations. The Court provides parties with a flexible and neutral setting for dispute resolution. It offers confidentiality and extraordinary freedom for parties to choose the framework for how and where they want to resolve their dispute. While the dispute itself is resolved by independent arbitrators, the Court supervises the process from beginning to end, increasing the quality of the process and enforceability of the awards. Since its inception, the Court has administered more than 21,000 cases involving parties and arbitrators from some 180 countries. For more information, visit

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