Luke Sobota will be co-chairing the 8th annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration.  The conference is taking place on 23-24 January 2020 in Houston, Texas. Luke will also be speaking on the topic of “Assessing the ongoing changes in investment arbitration”. The conference is presented by The Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Institute for Energy Law in collaboration with the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

This year’s conference reflects on the many externalities influencing the industry, the drivers of change in recent years, including in the decade that has passed since Macondo, and explores what role commercial and investment treaty arbitration will play in the years to come. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Francisco J. Monaldi, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, and titled “Shifting Politics and Liberalization in the Latin American Oil Industry.” More than 200 participants from across the United States and more than 10 countries are expected to attend.

Other highlights include:

  • Insights of in-house counsel, market analysts, experts and private practice lawyers across a wide range of disciplines
  • Recent geopolitical developments, national security, international trade and sanctions and their impact on energy disputes
  • How to meet the world’s future energy needs while managing climate change
  • The practical consequences of the ongoing changes in investment arbitration and the responses to them by both investors and states
  • The Top 10 Developments in International Energy Arbitration
  • Macondo’s 10th Anniversary: What are the Lessons Learned?

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 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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