4th Annual Arbitration and Investment Summit – WJA Bulletin

4th Annual Arbitration and Investment Summit

Caribbean, Latin America and Other Emerging Markets
Nassau, Bahamas, January 22-23, 2016

Issued: 12 November 2015

Library College of the Bahamas Hallelujah TruthDate: Friday and Saturday, January 22nd-23rd, 2016
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Auditorium of The Harry C. Moore Library and Information
Centre, College of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas


Event Sponsored By:

  • The World Jurist Association (WJA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Bahamas Branch
  • The Law Department of the College of The Bahamas
  • Peter D. Maynard Counsel and Attorneys
  • The Arbitration Committee of the Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services
  • Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations (OCCBA)
  • North American Forum, International Bar Association (IBA) (tbc)

College of Bahamas

Day 1, Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Registration (8:00 AM)


Welcome (8:10-8:15) Mr. Jason Maynard, Arbitration Counsel, Partner, Peter D. Maynard Counsel & Attorneys (confirmed)


Opening Remarks (8:15-8:25) “A New Vision for Commercial Arbitration Centres in the Hemisphere and the Pivotal Role of this Conference”

Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares, President, World Jurist Association; Senior Partner, Hoet, Paláez, Castillo & Duque, Caracas, Venezuela (confirmed)

cobOpening Remarks (8:25-8:35) “The Importance of Arbitration and Mediation Training”

Dr. Nayla Comair-Obeid, President-elect 2017, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Founding Partner of the Obeid Law Firm, Beirut, Lebanon (tbc)


Opening Remarks (8:35-9:00)

The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie (Prime Minister of The Bahamas) (tbc)

The Hon. Damian A. Gomez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs (tbc)

Paulette Brown, Locke Lord – Partner, American Bar Association – President, Mediator – United States District Court (confirmed)

Session 1 (9:00-10:00):

Maritime and Cruiseship Arbitration: Making Waves

Moderator: Dr. Peter D. Maynard, Head of Law Department, College of the     Bahamas; Senior Partner of Peter D. Maynard Counsel. & Attorneys; LCIA User Council for Latin America and the Caribbean (confirmed)


Judge Scott Silverman, Retired Judge 11th Judicial Circuit, USA, and Arbitrator/Mediator (confirmed)

Mr. Richard Lorenzo, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Miami (confirmed)

Matthew Egbadon, Highflyers Solicitors (tbc)

Renato Grion, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil; LCIA User Council for Latin America and the Caribbean (tbc)

BREAK (10.00-10:15)

Session 2(10:15-11:15):

Financial Services, Trade and Commercial Disputes: Arbitration as an effective ADR Mechanism

Moderator: Cherise Cox-Nottage, Head of Legal Department, UBS Wealth Management (confirmed)


Dr. Alexander J Belohlávek, Past President of the World Jurist Association; Law Offices of Professor Alexander J Belohlávek, Prague, Czech Republic (confirmed)

Paulette Brown, Locke Lord – Partner, American Bar Association – President, Mediator – United States District Court (confirmed)

Mr. Hernando Otero, Advisor on Foreign Investment and

International Arbitration; Adjunct Professor American University,

Washington, DC (confirmed)

Dr. Chris Malcolm, Jamaica (confirmed)

Ed Sullivan (tbc)

BREAK (11:15-11:30)

Session 3 (11:30-12:45)

Arbitration from a Global Perspective: New Trends, Staying Competitive, and Taking the Lead

Moderator: Richard Demeritte, Chair of the Board, Bank of the Bahamas;

Chair, CIArb Bahamas Branch (confirmed)


Mr. Albert Nahas, oil and gas businessman, former deputy US

Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago (tbc)

Mr. José I. Astigarraga, international arbitration and litigation,

Partner at Astigarraga Davis, Miami, Florida; former Vice President of the LCIA Court (tbc)

Mr. Nene Amegatcher, President of the Bar of Ghana; Sam Okudzeto and Associates, Accra, Ghana (confirmed)

Matthew H. Kirtland, Partner – Matthew H. Kirtland (tbc)
Eric Mutua Managing Partner EK Mutua & Co. Advocates, Certified Public Secretary of Kenya; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Kenya Chapter; Member of the Centre for Law & Research International – CLARION; and a Council Member of Law Society of Kenya (tbc)

Closing Remarks (12:45-1:00)

Day 2, Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Registration (8:00 AM)

Welcome (8:30-8:35)

Session 4 (8:45-10.00):

Investment Arbitration: What does the Future Hold?

Moderator: Gary Hunter (confirmed)

Panelists:    Justice Rubie Nottage (confirmed)

Mr. Luiz Aboim, White Case London (tbc)

Wade Coriell, King & Spalding International Arbitration Group Partner, Houston Texas (confirmed)

Steve Meyers (tbc)

BREAK (10.00-10:15)

Session 5 (10:15-11:30):

Niche Arbitration Clauses (Cruiseship, Maritime, Trusts, Banking, Financial Services, Sports, etc.): Just a Pipedream? Or how to make them Work for you?

Moderator: Peter D. Maynard (confirmed)


Professor Jan Paulsson, Founding Partner, Three Crowns LLP, Washington DC; University of Miami School of Law; Consultant on Arbitration to the Bahamas Government (tbc)

John M. Ohaga, Chairman Sports Disputes and Tribunal Kenya (confirmed)

Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Hon. Daniel Johnson MP (tbc)

BREAK (11:30-11:45)

Session 6 (11:45-13:00):

Investment and Economic Development in Emerging Markets

Moderator: Fernando Paláez-Pier, Past President of the International bar Association; Partner, Hoet, Palaez, Castillo & Duque, Caracas, Venezuela (confirmed)


The Hon. Khaalis Rolle, MP, Minister of State for Investments in the Office of the Prime Minister (tbc)

Dr. Metin Feyzioğlu, President, Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Turkey (tbc)

Dr. Nicola Virgill Rolle, National Development Plan, Bahamas (tbc)


Closing Remarks: The Hon. Hope Strachan, MP, Minister of Financial Services (tbc)

Vote of Thanks: Mr. Colin A. Jupp, Arbitration Counsel, Senior Associate Peter D Maynard Counsel. & Attorneys (tbc)

*Some of the speakers have not yet been confirmed.
* We need more Bahamian speakers on the panels.

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A world ruled by law, not force.” This has been the World Jurist Association (“WJA”)’s mission since its founding in 1963.  The WJA was formed in response to an international outcry for a free and open forum where judges, lawyers, law professors and other professionals from around the world could work cooperatively to strengthen and expand the Rule of Law and its institutions through the nations of the world.

As a non-governmental organization with special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, the WJA provides a unique forum for the international community. We have worked closely with governments, non-governmental organizations and international associations to foster a cooperative dialogue on world peace.  Through our support, decision-makers from around the world work together as individuals, rather than representatives of a particular country, class or ideology.

With nearly 50 years of accomplishments, the WJA is one of the few organizations working with such a broad range of stakeholders to promote the Rule of Law as the path towards world peace. Our members include sitting and retired Chief Justices, judges, government officials, law professors, lawyers and students from over 140 different countries. We have National Presidents in 85 countries and our Board of Governors represents every continent and aspect of the legal profession.

This is a brief look at the ways in which the WJA has sought to build the foundation for a system of laws that will ensure peace without the use of force.  The WJA is committed to its continuation to ensure peace through the Rule of Law for all generations.


Beginning with the first Congress on the Law of the World, the WJA has achieved many remarkable successes.  The congresses continue to provide a forum where individuals from all nations and all areas of the legal profession can gather and exchange ideas and experiences.  The results of this dialogue, expressed in the resolutions drafted by each Congress Resolutions Committee and approved by all delegates, is one of the most concrete and enduring accomplishments of the congresses.  Every two years, members of the legal profession are given the opportunity to call upon Heads of State and Government to recognize these resolutions and act accordingly.  The numerous messages received from these Heads of State and Government, in support and encouragement of the congresses, indicates the value placed upon the resolutions that come out of the Biennial Congress.

The establishment and celebration of World Law Day is another accomplishment of the WJA.  President Lyndon Johnson of the United States was the first Head of State to recognize World Law Day.  Chief Justice Kisaburo Yokota of Japan, the first Honorary World Chairman of World Law Day, remarked, “The lawyers of the World have marked another important milestone in their struggle toward the great goal of international peace.”  Justice Yokota went on to say that World Law Day calls upon the entire world to re-evaluate the place of law in the community of nations and to re-instill in our way of life the rule of law as an ultimate assurance of world peace.

The International Demonstration Trial, another tradition started by the WJA, began in 1971.  During the demonstration, hypothetical cases are argued by lawyers from various countries before a panel of Chief Justices of the world.  The Demonstration Trials have educated lawyers and laypeople around the world and have shown that law can indeed replace war as the proper forum for decisions of international disputes.  The Demonstration Trials give judges a time and place to express their great value to the peace process on a regular biennial basis.