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ESG issues are front and centre of corporate compliance programs, newspaper headlines and investment portfolios. But ESG is more than a buzzword, and there are several dimensions to its significance for international arbitration. As ESG regulation shifts from soft law guidance towards more stringent legal requirements of climate transition, disclosure, reporting, supply chain due diligence, contractual assurances, and remediation of adverse human rights and environmental impacts, ESG will increasingly be encountered in the subject matter of public and private commercial disputes. In order to be equipped for this emerging area of disputes, it is important for dispute resolution practitioners to familiarise themselves with ESG as a concept, relevant applicable legal frameworks, and the implications for international disputes and for arbitral proceedings.


09:00 – 09:30 – Reception / Coffee

09:30 – 09:40 –  Welcome – Benoît Kohl, President of CEPANI

09:40 – 10:00 – Introduction of the topic – Dirk De Meulemeester, President of the CEPANI Academic Committee

10:00 – 10.40ESG megatrend – what is it and why does it matter, Rachel Barrett, Partner Linklaters, London and Guillaume Croisant, Managing Associate Linklaters, Brussels

10:40 – 11:10 – Coffee Break

11:10 – 11:40 – Supply Chain Disputes and Contractual Clauses, Emily Hay, Counsel HVDB, Brussels and Lisa Bingham, former Deputy Director ICCA, The Hague

11:40 – 12:10 – Post M&A Claims, Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, Partner Cleary Gottlieb, Paris and Naomi Tarawali, Partner Cleary Gottlieb, London

12:10 – 12:40 – Corporate Law Disputes, Xavier Dieux, Brussels

12:40 – 14:00 – Walking Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 – Mandatory Law and Public Policy, Thomas Granier,  Asafo & Co

14:30 – 15:00 – ESG in the Arbitral Process, Werner Eyskens, Partner Crowell, Brussels and Sophie Goldman, Partner Tossens, Goldman, Gonne, Brussels

15:00 – 15:30 – Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:50 – PANEL and Q&A – ESG in corporate legal day-to-day, Chair: Patrick Baeten, Secretary General Besix, Olivia De Patoul, General Counsel Belgium & France with Deminor, Saskia Mermans, Group general counsel with KBC, Brussels, Anne-Berangère Sudraud, Legal Director Lhoist Western Europe.

16:50 – 17:00 – Closing remarks – Benoît Kohl, President of CEPANI


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    When:  17.11.2023 as from 9.00 am to 17.00 pm
    Where: VBO, Rue Ravensteinstraat 4, 1000 Brussel/Bruxelles


    Price: CEPANI member= € 350,00 excl. VAT; Non-member = 375,00 € excl. VAT.  A copy of the conference book is included in the price. CEPANI members benefit from a € 25,00 discount on the registration fee.


    Cancellation: All cancellations must be communicated to CEPANI at least 3 working days before the day of the event in order to be taken into consideration.