Events | May 16, 2023

Roschier Arbitration Forum 2023

The 13th Roschier Arbitration Forum (RAF) is a full-day and free-of-charge event on current arbitration issues. This year's panels, composed of leading arbitration practitioners, scholars, and experienced in-house counsel, will address several issues relating to the topic of "Navigating the New Geopolitical Landscape in Arbitration: Insights on Commercial Disputes and Investor Protection."

When:  Friday, 26 May 2023 at 10:00 – 16:00
Where: At Six, Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm.
A closing reception with live music will be held after the seminar at Roschier’s offices at Brunkebergstorg 2.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had a significant impact on the global economy and direct implications on the conduct of arbitration. The situation also sheds light on the broader issue of the impact of geopolitical factors on the resolution of international disputes.

Against this backdrop, this year’s Roschier Arbitration Forum will focus on international arbitration in a rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape. When does investment screening regulation unduly infringe upon foreign investors’ rights under public international law? What is the future of the Nordics as a seat for resolving disputes with a geopolitical angle? Will we see an increased number of investor-state arbitrations in the wake of Russian invasion of Ukraine?


10:00 Coffee and registration at At Six, Brunkebergstorg 6, Stockholm
10:30 Opening Address, Johan Sidklev (Partner, Roschier
10:45 Panel 1: Investment Screening – Protecting a Sovereign’s Strategic Interests vs. Investors’ Rights under International Law

Steffen Hindelang (ICSID arbitrator and professor of international investment and trade law at Uppsala University)

Paschalis Paschalidis (Counsel in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice of Arendt & Medernach)

Lars-Göran Larsson (Head of the department for foreign direct investments at the Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products)

Emma Johansson (Principal Associate, Roschier)

Bruno Gustafsson, moderator (Senior Associate, Roschier)

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Panel 2: The Nordics as Seat for International Arbitrations Involving Sanctioned Parties – Status and Future Developments

Caroline Falconer (Secretary General of the SCC Arbitration Institute)

Sanna Kaistinen (Secretary General of the FAI)

Dmitri Evseev (Independent arbitrator)

Aapo Saarikivi (Partner, Roschier)

Laila Sivonen, moderator (Partner-elect, Roschier)

14:00 Coffee Break
14:30 Panel 3: Investment Arbitration in the Wake of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Causes of Action, Prospects of Success for Investors, and Status of Pending Cases

Said Mahmoudi (Professor of international law at Stockholm University)

Samantha J. Rowe (Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton)

Aino Kyytsönen (Vice President at Huhtamaki)

David Ribbing (Head of legal, management consulting division, at AFRY)

Paula Airas, moderator (Counsel, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, Roschier)

15:45 Concluding remarks, Shirin Saif (Partner, Roschier)
16:00 Closing reception with drinks and food at Roschier’s offices at Brunkebergstorg 2.


Please register for the event by 17 May 2023. If you have already registered for the event, you do not have to re-register. We look forward to seeing you at RAF 2023!