Kathryn Khamsi will co-chair the inaugural ITA Conference on International Arbitration in the Mining Sector in Toronto, hosted by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). The conference will gather global experts in the field, including mining company executives, in-house counsel, arbitrators and arbitration practitioners, to discuss the key issues that arise in mining sector arbitrations.

Liz Snodgrass will speak on a panel on ““Political Risk” Vs. Regulatory Flexibility: Key Contractual Clauses (E.G. Stabilization Clauses) and Other Protections (Including Investment Treaties)” on Thursday 9 March from 9:15 to 10:30 am ET.

Kathryn will also moderate a panel on “Environmental Issues in Mining Arbitration: Standards, Claims and Advocacy” on Thursday 9 March from 3:10 to 4:25 pm ET. The panellists will consider the impacts of tightening environmental protocols on the evolution of arbitration standards and the allegations to which they give rise, as well as how advocacy must evolve to remain effective.

The conference will take place on Wednesday 8 March at Arbitration Place Toronto and Thursday 9 March at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

To find out more and to register, click here.


Kathryn, a partner in the Paris office of Three Crowns, acts for States and corporate clients in all types of disputes, including investment treaty and commercial.  She is also on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, and publishes and speaks regularly on arbitration and international law – including, most recently, on emissions trading schemes and deep seabed mining. Kathryn works in English and French, and is qualified in Paris, New York and Ontario. Clients have commended her “grasp of the technical detail, and her ability to identify and articulate game-changing arguments”, and she is recommended by ChambersWho’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.


Liz, a partner in the Washington, DC office, has more than two decades of experience as an advocate and adviser in international arbitration matters. She has acted in arbitrations around the world, with notable experience of disputes arising in Africa, India, and Asia. Liz has particular expertise handling disputes involving States and State entities and fiscal disputes under long-term contracts. Her practice is a mix of commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with a focus on the upstream energy, power, and mining sectors. She is recognised in ChambersThe Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal.

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