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Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world’s leading forum for debating international security policy. During the main conference in February, the MSC assembles more than 450 high-profile and senior decision-makers as well as thought-leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, high-ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate. To learn more about the MSC please visit https://securityconference.org.

International Law Forum

The International Law Forum (ILF) is an official side event within the framework of the MSC. It is hosted by Seven Summits Arbitration and will take place on 13 February 2020 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Munich’s storied Literaturhaus. The ILF is dedicated to legal issues involved in debates on current geopolitical developments. Its aim is to foster a high-level dialogue on the role of international law and dispute resolution in enhancing peace and prosperity. The focus of the 2020 edition will be on world trade law, investment protection and international dispute resolution.

Agenda and Speakers

Speakers (in alphabetical order):

  • Mr. Naboth van den BroekWilmerHale
  • Professor Kathleen ClaussenUniversity of Miami
  • Professor Steffen HindelangSyddansk University
  • Ms. Wendy J. MilesDebevoise & Plimpton
  • Mr. Dirk PulkowskiPermanent Court of Arbitration
  • Professor August ReinischInternational Law Commission
  • Ms. Shirin SaifRoschier
  • Professor Stephan SchillUniversity of Amsterdam
  • Judge Bruno SimmaIran-United States Claims Tribunal
  • Professor Christian WalterLMU Munich
  • Professor Hong ZhaoWorld Trade Organization

The agenda is as follows:

  • 09.00 – 09.30 am

    Registration and opening remarks

  • 09.30 – 09.50 am

    Welcome address (Professor Christian Walter)

    Keynote (Professor August Reinisch)

  • 09.50 – 12.05 pm

    Investment Panel:
    “The Future of Arbitration and Investment Protection in Times of Deglobalization”

    Moderator: Gebhard Bücheler
    Panelists: Wendy J. Miles, Dirk Pulkowski, Professor Stephan Schill, Judge Bruno Simma

  • 12.05 – 12.55 pm


  • 12.55 – 01.15 pm

    Keynote (Professor Hong Zhao)

  • 01.15 – 03.30 pm

    Trade Panel:
    “WTO Stalemate, Trade Wars and Economic Sanctions: It Is Always Darkest Before the Dawn”

    Moderator: Gustav Flecke-Giammarco
    Panelists: Naboth van den Broek, Professor Kathleen Claussen, Professor Steffen Hindelang, Shirin Saif

About the International Law Forum

The ILF audience consists of MSC guests and external invitees. Speakers and contributors are experts from international and governmental organizations, academia, law firms and businesses. The participants will have the opportunity to exchange views, expand their network, and share their interests and concerns at the highest level. The ILF was founded by Igor Vasiljević, Gebhard Bücheler and Gustav Flecke-Giammarco.


Literaturhaus München

Salvatorplatz 1
80333 München

Please note

The Chatham House Rule applies. Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered. The participation is subject to special invitation only and cannot be transferred. An invitation to the ILF does not entitle to participate in the MSC.