California Arbitration is pleased to provide details on international arbitration events around the world.

ABA International Law Section Annual Conference

May 1 – 5, 2023

New York, NY

Save the date for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) largest event of the year. This conference will feature more than 50+ world-class programs covering a wide array of international legal topics such as dispute resolution, international finance, M&A, and corporate governance.

More information on the conference can be found here and registration information will be coming soon!

Arbitration in California: Insights from Practitioners

May 11, 2023 (8:30 am PDT)


Please join CalArb members, Sarah Reynolds, Marcus Salvato Quintanilla, and Giorgio Sassine for this webinar on May 11 at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Stanford International Arbitration Association.

Register here!

LCIA “Tylney on Tour” Vancouver: Energy Disputes

June 3, 2023

Vancouver, BC

A morning symposium and lunch, focused on energy disputes and international commercial arbitration, hosted at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG). This symposium follows and is designed to complement the ICCA and the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) joint conference on “Energy Infrastructure Disputes and Arbitration: Today and Tomorrow”, on June 2nd. The symposium is designed to be interactive and to provide an opportunity for delegates to share news and views on developments in the field of international commercial arbitration and ADR, on this occasion, specifically as they relate to Energy Disputes.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

2023 American Arbitration Association Construction Conference

June 8, 2023

Santa Monica, CA

The 2023 American Arbitration Association® Construction Conference focuses on best practices for avoiding and managing disputes on complex construction projects from the planning stages through completion of the project. A Breakfast with General Counsel opens the conference, discussing current issues important to construction companies, continuing with sessions on:

• Risky Business: Construction Disputes as Risk Management Problems;
• The New AAA DARB Rules – Changes and New Opportunities;
• Game Changer Takeaways in Construction Dispute Resolution;
• Incorporating “International” Arbitration Techniques into Domestic Arbitration Proceedings;
• Ethics Issues with Virtual Hearings and Document Production; and more.

Attendees will leave with techniques and best practices in dispute avoidance and resolution strategies for complex construction projects.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Stanford Law School Advanced Patent and Technology Mediation and Arbitration Course

June 8 – 9, 2023

Stanford University

Registration is now open for the Stanford Law School Advanced Patent and Technology Mediation and Arbitration Course presented by the Stanford Law School in conjunction with SVAMC and co-sponsored by CalArb. It is a two-day professional skills program designed to provide experienced litigation counsel legal knowledge and practical expertise in technology and patent arbitrations and mediations. CLE credit will be provided.

Register here!

ICAL 20th Anniversary Conference

August 31 – September 1, 2023

Stockholm, Sweden

Please join us for the 20 th Anniversary Conference of the ICAL program in Stockholm, Sweden on August 31 and September 1, 2023.  This momentous event will feature a 1.5 day conference on the theme of “Evolution or Revolution: Have We Mastered International Arbitration or Do We Need a New Blueprint for the Future”, a gala dinner, and other networking opportunities.

Information and registration are available here.

California Arbitration’s 2023 Writing Competition and Award – “Innovation in International Arbitration”

Submissions (along with a current résumé and headshot) must be emailed to by July 31, 2023

CalArb’s International Arbitration & ADR Writing Competition Committee is pleased to invite submissions for its first writing competition and award. This competition seeks to provide an opportunity to law students and young practitioners to research and address important issues, and to recognize and reward the most exceptional written contribution. See below for additional details:

  • Eligible Participants: CalArb’s writing competition is open to all law students and to all lawyers who have practiced for less than 10 years.
  • Topic: Submissions should address the theme of this year’s California International Arbitration Week, “Innovation in International Arbitration.”
  • Guidelines: Submissions must be the participant’s original work, written in English, and must be between 15-20 pages, including footnotes, with standard margins, minimum 12 point font, and 1.5 line spacing.
  • Award: CalArb will announce the winner of the writing competition by September 30, 2023. The winner will receive a cash award of $2,500, and CalArb will publish the winning submission on its website and circulate it to all CalArb members.
  • Free CalArb Membership: All eligible participants who submit a qualifying submission will receive one year of free membership to CalArb for participating in the competition.
  • Determining the Winner: CalArb will determine the winner of the writing competition on an objective and non-discriminatory basis through a blind judging process.
  • Participant Representations and Consent to Publication: By entering the writing competition, each participant consents to publication of their submission, their résumé, and their headshot on CalArb’s website.  Each participant represents that they alone created their submission; that they own all rights in their submission, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights as well as the right to consent to its publication; and that their submission does not infringe any third party’s copyrights or intellectual property rights and does not improperly include any third party’s proprietary information.  Any material violation of the above rules or failure to comply with the spirit of the competition will result in the forfeiture and return of the cash award and the free CalArb membership.

California Conversations

California Conversations Episode 4 – Ken Korea

In Episode 4 of “California Conversations,” Colin Rule interviews Ken Korea. Ken is a technology transactions attorney, arbitrator and mediator with 29 years of experience in intellectual property licensing, litigation, and technology transactions. He practiced at leading US law firms and served as Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics as the head of the Silicon Valley IP Office from 2011 to 2021. Ken has handled over two hundred IP litigation matters, negotiated many patent licenses including three of the largest patent cross license agreements, and helped clients to acquire companies ranging from startups to a multibillion dollar company. He serves as an arbitrator for American Arbitration Association (AAA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International and as a neutral for World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Click here to watch Episode 4!

California Conversations Episode 3 – Kim Taylor

In Episode 3, Charles Dick interviews Kim Taylor, President of JAMS, who is a key figure in that organization’s development of an international arbitration practice. A California native who practiced law in Ventura, Kim served as a Research Attorney for Justice Steven Stone and followed the Justice to the JAMS organization when he retired from the bench in 1999. Her career in ADR has enjoyed a meteoric rise, beginning as a Manager in the company’s Ventura office before becoming the General Manager in New York City. Soon she became Regional Vice-President of the Eastern and Central Regions, and in that position she helped to grow the panel of international commercial arbitrators, while also serving as Associate General Counsel for the company. Her management skills made her a natural for assuming a role as Chief Operating Officer and then President, a position she assumed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (and all the changes in ADR caused by the quarantine). Kim has seen the expansion of commercial arbitration in California first-hand, and she shares her experiences in an interesting interview.

Click here to watch Episode 3!

California Conversations Episode 2 – Sally Harpole

In Episode 2, Charles Dick interviews Sally Harpole. Raised in Pasadena as the daughter of a lawyer, Sally Harpole was blessed with an ear for the many languages she heard spoken around her in school. At UC Berkeley she studied foreign languages, but a watershed moment occurred in 1972 when the United States opened a diplomatic relationship with China. Upon graduation, Sally took the plunge by immersing herself in 3 years of Chinese language study before returning to law school, where she supported herself as a Chinese-English interpreter for business negotiations. It was natural for her to join an international law firm, and she soon found herself establishing a Beijing office to support clients of the firm. What followed was over 3 decades as an American lawyer in Asia, culminating in the development of a commercial arbitration practice. Now back in San Francisco as an arbitrator, Sally Harpole is a key figure in California’s international disputes resolution practice.

Click here to watch Episode 2!

California Conversations Episode 1 – Patrick Byrne

In Episode 1 of “California Conversations,” Charles Dick interviews Patrick Byrne. A native of Fresno and the son of a lawyer, Patrick embodies a world-view that is typical of California arbitration practitioners. Educated at UC San Diego and the UC Hastings College of Law, Patrick practiced as a litigator in California before being drawn to study comparative international dispute resolution at Queen Mary University of London. Being the grandson of Irish immigrants to the United States afforded him citizenship in Ireland and an EU passport he has used to launch a career as a commercial arbitration specialist in Madrid. Work in Spain has brought him full circle to the federal courts in California, where he has found himself involved in litigation over ownership of artworks looted in World War II and currently in a Madrid museum. This California Conversation explains how all that was possible for a California lawyer who did not speak Spanish when he arrived in Spain.

Click here to watch Episode 1!

Past Events

Views from California: US-China Business & Next Generation Life Sciences Disputes

April 26, 2023 (2:00 – 6:00 pm PDT)

San Francisco, CA

Join ICC International Court of Arbitration President, Claudia Salomon for a half-day, in-person event featuring a two-part panel discussion followed by a cocktail reception. This program is for business leaders and practitioners in arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Panel one will discuss the state of US-China business and dispute resolution. Panel two will discuss the next generation of life science disputes.

More information on the panel and registration can be found here.

Law and Policy Roundtable: Offshore Wind Energy Comes to California

April 19, 2023 (2:30 – 5:30 PM)

Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Join HKA Partner Patrick Jensen as he speaks on the risks and challenges of offshore wind at the Law and Policy Roundtable: Offshore Wind Energy Comes to California on April 19 at 4:30 PM PT. The three-hour seminar begins at 2:30 PM PT and is being held at the law offices of Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP in Los Angeles. California has set the ambitious goal of achieving 100% renewable energy and zero-carbon electricity by the end of 2045. The state’s plan to achieve this goal largely depends on its ability to successfully implement offshore wind energy. In 2022, regulatory approvals were granted to move forward with two designated development areas, and auctions were held. This is a huge step forward in the effort to bring offshore wind to California. The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, USC Gould School of Law, and Energy Industries Council are sponsoring and hosting this free program to address the business, policy, and legal issues raised by this development.

California International Arbitration Week 2023

March 13-17, 2023

Join California Arbitration, the California Lawyers Association and leading arbitration institutions and organizations from around the world in a week-long series of complimentary online and in-person programs celebrating international arbitration in California.

Stanford International Arbitration Association Fireside Chat: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

March 9, 2023 (12:30 – 1:30 pm PST) / Stanford Law School

The Stanford International Arbitration Association is honored to host a fireside chat on “Artificial Intelligence and Ethics” with two leaders in the industry: Amy Endicott and Prof. Jerry Kaplan. The event will take place this Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at Stanford Law School.

Amy Endicott is a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. She helps clients develop strategies to navigate and resolve cross-border technology disputes that arise as her clients undertake the transformation to business models powered by machine learning and enterprise blockchain. An internationally recognized arbitration practitioner based in California’s innovative Silicon Valley, Ms. Endicott has represented chip makers, life sciences companies, and aerospace innovators in international arbitrations conducted under the rules of leading organizations, including the ICC, AAA-ICDR, and UNCITRAL. She publishes and speaks frequently on issues concerning the intersection of AI and law. Ms. Endicott also co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC)’s Young Professionals, which is dedicated to fostering dialogue with thought leaders in the technology and arbitration spaces.

Prof. Jerry Kaplan, Ph.D., is widely known as an Artificial Intelligence expert, serial entrepreneur, technical innovator, educator, bestselling author, and futurist. He co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, two of which became publicly traded companies, and teaches “Social and Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence” at Stanford University. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Business Week, and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator.

California International Arbitration: Coming of Age

March 8, 2023 (12:00 – 1:00 pm PST) / Webinar

Click here to watch a recording of the Daily Journal webinar “California International Arbitration: Coming of Age” featuring CalArb officers Giorgio Sassine, Jeff Daar and Laura Abrahamson.

CalArb Co-Sponsored Event:

Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law Symposium – Cross Border Conflicts: Identifying Parameters, Transforming Perceptions and Methodologies

March 2-3, 2023 / Malibu, CA

The Pepperdine Caruso Law Dispute Resolution Law Journal Symposium brings together leaders in international conflict resolution to address the uncertain future of the world’s most pressing geopolitical and international problems. This two-day conference will explore a variety of cutting-edge solutions to the Xinjiang issue, the Cyprus conundrum, and global immigration challenges. Distinguished speakers include high-caliber professionals from Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, George Washington University, the University of Southern California, Liberty University, Pepperdine University, the American Arbitration Association, JAMS; elite private sector organizations like the San Diego-based High Conflict Institute; and renowned firms including Sheppard Mullin and White & Case. CLE Credit available!

Efficient International Commercial Arbitration: A Discussion Between VanIAC and CalArb Practitioners

March 1, 2023 (10:30 – 11:30 am PST) / Webinar

Join the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (VanIAC) and CalArb practitioners for a discussion on efficient international commercial arbitration. CalArb panelists Dana Welch and Thomas Hanrahan will join VanIAC panelists Ludmila Herbst, KC, Alexandra Mitretodis, and Elsa Sardinha.

Young CalArb: A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner

February 24, 2023 / University of San Diego School of Law

Young CalArb will be hosting “A Day in the Life of an International Arbitration Practitioner” on February 24th at the University of San Diego School of Law in conjunction with USD’s Pre-Moot. The panel will feature Katie Connolly, an International Arbitration Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, Giorgio Sassine, an Associate at Musick Peeler & Garrett, and Charlotte Klinger (moderator), a law student at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University.

CalArb Sponsored Event:

UC College of Law at San Francisco Speaker Series: The Enforcement of Metaverse-related Disputes Resolved in International Arbitration

February 14, 2023 (5:15 – 7:15) / In-person (UC Law SF) & Webinar

Elizabeth Chan from Allen & Overy (Hong Kong) will be speaking via zoom on the enforcement of metaverse-related disputes resolved in international arbitration.

ADR Case Law Update

January 26, 2023

Join this series on ADR case law updates related to mediation and arbitration presented by the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section. Panelists Paul Dubow and James (Jim) Madison will provide their thoughtful analysis and discuss the most interesting ADR cases decided since September 2022. This webinar is free to all CLA members and MCLE credit will be available.

CalArb Co-Sponsored Event:

Stanford International Arbitration Association (SIAA) – International Arbitration 101 with Hugh Carlson, Three Crowns LLP

January 19, 2023 (2-3:30 pm) / Crooker Garden (Stanford Law School)

Please join the Stanford International Arbitration Association (SIAA) and Hugh Carlson of Three Crowns LLP on Thursday, January 19 at Stanford Law School for an introduction to international arbitration and practical tips for breaking into this competitive field. Topics include key practice differences between international arbitration and litigation, suggestions on favorably distinguishing one’s candidacy, and pointers on excelling in one’s first year of practice.

Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference

January 13, 2023 / In-person (Phoenix, AZ) & Webinar

The fifth annual Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference will convene top lawyers, counsel for global corporations, internationally-recognized arbitrators and mediators, academics, and leaders at arbitration institutions to engage in discussions on timely issues in international dispute resolution. Featuring CalArb member Les Schiefelbein.

CIArb-NAB’s Ask the Arbitrator: “Reflections and Recommendations of an International Arbitrator with Expertise in International Business and Technology Law” Interview with Gary Benton

January 11, 2023 at 9:00 AM (PDT) / Zoom

CIArb-NAB’s monthly webinar series “Ask the Arbitrator” will be featuring Gary Benton this Wednesday, January 11. Gary will be interviewed by Anqi Luan, an LL.M student with the White & Case International Arbitration program at the University of Miami, School of Law, Florida.

CalArb / CIArb Sponsored Event:

Of Privilege & Privacy: Navigating Inconsistent Legal Privilege and Personal Data Protection Regimes in International Arbitration

December 5, 2022 3:30 – 7:00 PM

Musick Peeler Office / Los Angeles, CA

Join both CalArb and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for a discussion on privilege and privacy in international arbitration.

CalArb Sponsored Event:

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North American Branch’s Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment

December 2-3, 2022

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) Office / San Francisco, CA (Market Street)

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship program put on by CIArb-NAB, and co-sponsored by CalArb and SVAMC is designed for senior practitioners in the field of dispute resolution. This program includes five interactive workshops plus three plenary sessions that explore the challenges of organizing and managing a complex international arbitration and the drafting of an enforceable reasoned award.

2022 Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China

November 30, 2022 (3:00 – 7:20 PM UTC)

Virtual Conference

Hear CalArb members Gary Benton, Jeff Benz and David Huebner speak at the 2022 Annual Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China hosted by the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

The Devil Wears Arbitration – Litigating in the fashion industry

November 25, 2022, 9:00 – 4:30 PM (CET)

Hybrid event

Join the Milan Chamber of Arbitration for the 13th edition of the CAM Annual Conference where experts and practitioners in the field will discuss the many advantages arbitration has for the fashion industry. Topics covered include why arbitration is a good idea in the fashion industry, resolving disputes related to trademark issues and distribution agreements, and the future of litigation: NFTs and metaverse. This event is featuring one of our very own CalArb members, Ghada Qaisi Audi!

Nurturing Innovations in Arbitration in Japan

November 18, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (JST)


The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) presented a special webinar event in celebration of its 69th anniversary. This webinar covered current and future innovations in arbitration in Japan and at the JCAA, including the use of AI and technology in evidence gathering and administration of arbitration cases, as well as the innovative features aimed at expedited case resolution embodied in the JCAA’s Interactive Arbitration Rules.

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Presents Arbitration Advocacy in the Virtual & Hybrid World

April 25, 2022 – December 25, 2022

A five session program breaking down the arbitration process from start to finish. Each of the sessions covers one essential stage of the process and examines how this era of videoconferencing and hybrid proceedings has created new obstacles and opportunities. Join the series at any point and register for as many sessions as your schedule allows.