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Event occurred on: 4-10-2024

ESG in Dispute: Rethinking Investor-State Arbitration in a Sustainable World - The 2024 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium

Time: 2:15 - 3:30 PM PT

Freshfields’ International Arbitration partner Thomas Walsh will be speaking on a panel titled “ESG in Dispute: Rethinking Investor-State Arbitration in a Sustainable World” at the 2024 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium, organized by the Berkeley Journal of International Law, taking place at UC Berkeley School of Law (Goldberg Room) on Wednesday April 10, 2024.

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The panel which will be moderated by Professor Neil Popovic will delve into the complex dynamics between ESG objectives and investor-State dispute settlement mechanisms. The discussion will focus on the rising trend of foreign investors to leverage ISDS to challenge state climate and environmental actions. Participants will explore potential avenues to address this issue, considering the inclusion of ESG protections in international treaties and the emergence of new claims and defenses.

This year’s Stefan A. Riesenfeld symposium titled “ESG & International Law” will convene legal experts, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore the intricate relationship between Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations and international legal frameworks. Participants will delve into key topics such as the impact of ESG factors on trade agreements, investment treaties, human rights, and dispute resolution mechanisms, offering insights into emerging trends and best practices.

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Freshfields Speakers

Thomas W. Walsh

Partner, Freshfields

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