ICC YAAF: State Immunity – The Enforcement-Court Perspective

11 Jun 2024

Frankfurt English
Start: 19:00 CET - End: 22:30 CET

On the occasion of the Frankfurt Investment Moot, we invite you to join us for this ICC YAAF comparative panel discussion regarding recent jurisprudence of State courts concerning State immunity defense of sovereign States.

Enforcement against sovereign States becomes increasingly relevant and difficult. The number of sovereign States refusing to comply with final and binding awards voluntarily increases. The result is an ever-more complex and, in some cases, contradictory jurisprudence by State courts on topics of State immunity. Issues such as “Does the ICSID Convention constitute a general waiver of sovereign immunity?” or “Can investors enforce in assets of State-owned companies?” have occupied courts in many jurisdictions. The event will involve a panel of young practitioners from multiple jurisdictions (incl. Australia, England, France, U.S.), discussing the recent developments from their respective jurisdiction. The participants will be able to draw a meaningful comparison between the discussed jurisdictions, participate in the discussion and also share experiences from their own jurisdictions.

Who should attend?

Open to those aged 40 and under, YAAF provides opportunities for individuals to gain knowledge, develop their skills and understand ICC’s arbitral procedure and other dispute resolution services.

(Frankfurt Time Zone)

19:00 - 19:25

Welcome and registration

19:25 - 19:30

Opening remarks

  • Paul Hauser, ICC YAAF representative for Europe; Counsel, Clifford Chance, Frankfurt

19:30 – 20:30

Panel discussion

  • Nadja Harraschain, Associate, A&O Shearman, Frankfurt
  • Maanas Jain, Associate, Paul Hastings, London
  • Jackson Kern, Partner, Addis Law Group, Dubai
  • Amy Wei Wen, Counsel, CMS, Hong Kong

20:30 - 21:30

Questions from Participants

21:30 - 22:30

Drinks Reception hosted by A&O Shearman

Nadja Harraschain

Associate, A&O Shearman, Frankfurt

Paul Hauser

ICC YAAF representative for Europe; Counsel, Clifford Chance, Frankfurt 

Maanas Jain

Associate, Paul Hastings, London

Jackson Kern

Partner, Addis Law Group, Dubai

Amy Wei Wen

Counsel, CMS, Hong Kong


A&O Shearman, OpernTurm, Bockenheimer Landstrasse 4, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Maximilian Pika

Partner, Aurelius Cotta



Sophia Zaia

Executive Assistant, Arbitration and ADR, Europe, ICC Dispute Resolution Services





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