ICC YAAF: Arbitration and Climate change: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges

09 Mar 2023

Geneva English
Start: 15:30 (Geneva) || End: 19:00 (Geneva)

Join us for the ICC YAAF Climate Change and Arbitration conference in Geneva! Hosted by Lenz & Staehelin, this conference will explore the many repercussions of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts on international arbitration. Commercial, investor-state and state-state disputes will all be addressed by an incredible lineup of leading young practitioners.

The global economy must cut its carbon emissions almost completely over the coming decades in order to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. Many sectors will accordingly undergo rapid and profound transformations that are likely to generate a large number of disputes. This conference seeks to explore international arbitration’s potential in resolving those disputes. Our talented lineup of speakers will discuss relevant trends in commercial, investment and state v. state arbitration and assess how arbitration’s contributions to the transition to net-zero emissions may grow over the next years and decades.

(Geneva Time Zone)




Welcome remarks

  • Andreas Schregenberger, Gabriel Arbitration, Zurich
  • Benjamin Moss, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe


Remarks on the carbon footprint of arbitration proceedings

  • Alveen Shirinyans, Counsel, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels
  • İpek İnce, Partner, Gedik & Eraksoy, Istanbul


Panel I: Commercial Arbitration

This panel will map out the types of disputes associated with climate change mitigation and adaption efforts that are emerging in sectors such as energy, construction, heavy industry and mining.

  • Lale Defne Mete, Partner, CBC Law, Istanbul (moderator)
  • Katherine Bell, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
  • Yael Ribco Borman, Senior Associate, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, Frankfurt
  • Alfredo Yañez Matesanz, Head of Contract Management for ME-SEA-ANZ , Acciona, Madrid




Panel II: Investment Arbitration

  • This panel will explore the many proceedings already initiated by investors in the renewable energy sector, prospects for future disputes arising from government efforts to curb emissions, and the rapidly changing investment treaty landscape.
  • Hanno Wehland, Counsel, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva (moderator)
  • Isabel San Martin, Senior Associate, Lalive, London
  • Daniel Felipe Cristóbal García Clavijo, Senior Associate, Uría Menéndez, Madrid
  • David Ingle, Counsel, Allen & Overy, Washington DC




PANEL III: State v. State Disputes

This panel will examine arbitration’s potential in disputes arising from states’ obligations under the Paris Accord and future treaties.

  • Sarah Hill-Smith, Associate, Clyde & Co, London (moderator)
  • Alexandra van der Meulen, Counsel, Freshfields, Paris
  • Daniel Müller,Partner, FAR Avocats, Paris


Closing Remarks


Dinner Aperitif

Katherine Bell

Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich

Daniel Felipe Cristóbal García Clavijo

Senior Associate, Uría Menéndez, Madrid

Sarah Hill-Smith

Associate, Clyde & Co, London

İpek İnce

Partner, Gedik & Eraksoy, Istanbul

David Ingle

Counsel, Allen & Overy, Washington DC

Lale Defne Mete

Partner, CBC Law, Istanbul

Daniel Müller

Partner, FAR Avocats, Paris

Yael Ribco Borman

Senior Associate, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, Frankfurt

Isabel San Martin

Senior Associate, Lalive, London

Alveen Shirinyans

Counsel, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels

Alexandra van der Meulen

Counsel, Freshfields, Paris

Hanno Wehland

Counsel, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

Alfredo Yañez Matesanz

Head of Contract Management for ME-SEA-ANZ, Acciona, Madrid


Lenz & Staehelin, Route de Chêne 30, 1208 Geneva

Working language English
Registration The event is free, however, prior registration is required.

For further information, please contact:

Sophia Zaia

Executive Assistant ICC DRS Europe

+33 1 49 53 28 85


Benjamin Moss

ICC YAAF Representative for Europe

+33 7 63 04 60 49