4th Annual Harbour Lecture - Asia Pacific with Sophie Lamb QC
21 October 2019 | 17:00 - 19:30


Is Arbitration sustainable?

Can International Arbitration keep up with the global pace of change? This lecture will examine the social and legal developments in responsible and sustainable international investment. It will touch on the drivers of those developments, such as climate change debates and social activism, and their relevance to disputes lawyers, asking whether the current system of international arbitration is sustainable and still relevant in this fast changing environment.

About the speaker

Sophie J. Lamb QC, Global Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice at Latham & Watkins, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading arbitration practitioners of her generation.

Ms. Lamb is a trusted advisor to boards of public companies, sovereign nations, participants in the energy and technology sectors, and major financial institutions, among others. Described by Chambers Global 2019 as “a real powerhouse,” Ms. Lamb is routinely engaged in the most complex, high value, and/or reputationally significant disputes of the moment. Her cases have featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of the year and she has featured on their list of the UK’s most influential and inspirational lawyers for her successes “in billion dollar, high profile, politically sensitive and often market-shaping arbitration cases and related court trials.” An accomplished advocate, she has appeared in over 100 cases, including in the UK Supreme Court. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in February 2018.

Ms. Lamb’s role includes advising boards and investment committees on corporate integrity, principles of responsible investment, sustainability, and the interaction between business and human rights. She has lectured at leading universities and business schools including Oxford, Harvard, and Insead, and has an active pro bono practice, advocating in particular for the rights of women, children, and stateless persons.

Ms. Lamb serves on the firm’s Strategic Client and Initiatives Committees. She is the UK’s representative on the ICC International Court of Arbitration, a member of the UK Policy Committee of the ICC, the world’s largest business and trade organization, and a Board Member of the Africa Advisory Board of Save the Children UK.


17:00 - 17:30 - Registration
17:30 - 18:30 - Lecture
18:30 - 19:30 - Cocktail

Registration Fees

This event is complimentary. In previous years, demand for this event is high so the organisers are limiting the number of tickets. Confirmation to the event is mandatory.


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HFW is a market leading sector-focused international law firm with more than 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

We have a significant global arbitration practice. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of arbitration developments over many years. Our practice is sector focused, and we have a range and depth of arbitration matters that many larger firms would envy, with the total number of arbitrations handled at any one time estimated at 750. We are especially strong in a number of core areas, particularly construction, energy, trade and commodities, shipping, aviation, insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services – all fields where international arbitration is very important and generates significant work. The arbitrations we handle are often complex and extremely high value too; last year, the quantum of arbitration claims under management was US$11 billion.

We conduct arbitrations under all the most popular arbitration forums and institutional rules, including UNICTRAL, LCIA, ICC, ICSID, ARIAS, CIETAC, ACICA, PCERA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC. We also conduct hundreds of arbitrations under the specific rules of trade bodies such as GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, LME, RSA and LOF. Our partners serve as arbitrators and as expert witnesses in arbitration, and we have advised arbitral bodies and governments on arbitral rules and legislation. More recently, we have further expanded our international arbitration practice into investor-state arbitrations, having represented states and investors alike.

We are consistently listed in the GAR 100 "approved" list as a leading international arbitration practice and frequently act in arbitration-related court proceedings. In fact, The Lawyers' Litigation Tracker 2018 revealed that HFW was the most active litigation firm in terms of arbitration-related litigation (Q1-Q2), commercial litigation (Q1-Q3) and in the English Commercial Court (2016 – 2017, Q3 2018).

For further details, please visit us at http://www.hfw.com/Dispute-Resolution.

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