Foley Hoag Partner Mélida Hodgson to Participate on Panel at GAR Live BITs Conference

April 18, 2016

Foley Hoag LLP Partner Mélida Hodgson will participate in a panel discussion at the 2nd Annual Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Live BITs conference on Monday, April 18, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  The event will feature a variety of sessions and discussion focused on the state of the BIT era, the key points of controversy, and the future.

Hodgson’s panel, “Mega-treaties – What are the Implications?,” will examine the impact of mega-treaties on the wider investor state dispute landscape.  Questions the panel are expected to debate include: Has the level of protection pendulum swung too far, because states fear challenges? Do meritorious claims still have a prospect of success? Did the drafters focus too much on past problems and miss an opportunity to look to tomorrow? What happens to parallel BITs, and can they/will they be terminated? Are there any elements from the new treaties that investors might seek to import to older BITs using MFN clauses?

Hodgson is a member of Foley Hoag's International Litigation and Arbitration group, and is resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on investor-State and commercial arbitrations, as well as counseling governments and state-owned entities with respect to international investment protection obligations, World Trade Organization dispute resolution and international trade policy issues.

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