29 August – 31 August 2023
Getting the Most Out of the Singapore Convention in Investor-State Disputes
by NUS Centre for International Law
1 September 2023, Friday
14:30 - 16:15

This seminar builds upon the success of CIL’s 2022 SC Week partner event addressing “Conciliation and Mediation Provisions in Investor-State Dispute Settlement Provisions”. This year’s event will take the discussion forward by providing delegates with a practical and up-to-the-minute examination of the role that the Singapore Convention can play in resolving investor-state disputes by looking at (a) the applicability of the Singapore Convention to investor-state disputes; (b) treaty-making trends regarding the inclusion of mediation provisions in investment treaties; (c) the current state of play of the reform of institutional rules on mediation and conciliation of investor-state disputes (e.g., UNCITRAL and ICSID); and (d) practical challenges for investors and states to use mediation as an effective dispute resolution tool.

*This event is a virtual event. Register for the event here.



Head of Investment Law & Policy, Centre, NUS Centre for International Law

N Jansen Calamita is Head of Investment Law & Policy, Centre for International Law, and Research Associate Professor (CIL), Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He was previously Director of the Investment Treaty Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and has held posts at the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford.


Prior to entering academics, Professor Calamita served in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the US Department of State (International Claims and Investment Disputes Division) and as a member of the UNCITRAL Secretariat. He began his career in private practice in New York. He holds a Juris Doctor magna cum laude (Boston) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Oxford). He is co-editor (with L Malintoppi) of International Litigation in Practice (Brill) and a member of the editorial board of the Yearbook of International Law and Policy (Oxford University Press). He continues to advise governments on matters relating to international investment and dispute resolution.


Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Waseda University, Japan

James Claxton is an independent arbitrator and mediator specializing in commercial and investment disputes. I have experience in cases brought under civil laws, common laws, and investment treaties arising particularly in the commercial, communications, construction, energy, investment, intellectual property, and transportation sectors.


Founding Partner, Honlet Legum Arbitration, Paris

Bart Legum is a founding partner. He concentrates on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-State. He has over 30 years of experience as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness. Civil law, common law and public international law have governed in cases he addressed. His case experience spans a wide variety of different sectors. These include energy, mining, construction, pharmaceuticals, banking, manufacturing, telecommunications and others. He is frequently appointed in cases involving States or state enterprises as well as business-business dsputes. He has acted as conciliator as well as arbitrator.

Daphne HONG

Attorney General’s Chambers, Singapore

Daphne Hong is concurrently the Solicitor-General of the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore and the DirectorGeneral of its International Affairs Division (IAD). She is Singapore’s Legal Adviser and heads IAD, the department that advises the Singapore government on all international law matters and represents Singapore in international negotiations and dispute resolution. She has been involved in, inter alia, the applications to the ICJ for the revision and interpretation of its 2008 judgement concerning the sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, and Singapore’s intervention as Third Party in the WTO Dispute on Australia’s Plain Packaging measure. She is also the lead negotiator for the delimitation of Singapore’s maritime boundaries.