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The Italian Society of International Law (Società Italiana di Diritto Internazionale – SIDI) will hold its XII Annual Meeting at the University of Milan on 8-9 June 2007. The conference is devoted to “International Economic Relations and the Evolution of Their Legal Regime – Subjects, Values and Instruments” (“I rapporti economici internazionali e l’evoluzione del loro regime giuridico – soggetti, valori e strumenti”).

The meeting is structured in three sessions: the first one deals with the topic in a public international law perspective, the second one focuses on contracts in international trade law and the third one on arbitration as a dispute resolution method.

Here’s the programme of the second and third sessions (our translation; the sessions will be held in Italian, except otherwise specified):

Second session (Friday 8 June 2007, 15:00)

Contracts in International Trade (“La disciplina dei contratti nel commercio internazionale”)

Chair and introductory remarks: Giorgio Sacerdoti (“Luigi Bocconi” University, Milan)

  • The Law Applicable to Contracts: Conflict of Laws and Substantive Rules (in English): Richard Plender (QC, London)
  • Party Autonomy in International Economic Relations and its Limits (“L’autonomia privata nelle relazioni economiche internazionali e i suoi limiti”): Sergio Maria Carbone (University of Genoa)

Shorter reports:

  • EC Rules on Jurisdiction in Contracts (“I criteri comunitari di giurisdizione in materia di contratti”): Francesco Salerno (University of Ferrara)
  • Protection of the Weaker Party (“La protezione del contraente debole”): Andrea Bonomi (University of Lausanne)
  • The Impact of EC Antitrust Rules on Enterprise Autonomy (“L’incidenza delle norme comunitarie antitrust sull’autonomia delle imprese”): Francesco Munari (University of Genoa)
  • Party Autonomy vis-à-vis lex contractus, lex societatis and lex mercatus in the EC Market of Rules (“L’autonomia negoziale tra lex contractus, lex societatis e lex mercatus nel mercato comunitario delle regole”): Massimo Benedettelli (University of Bari)

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Third Session (Saturday 9 June 2007, 9:00)

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (“La soluzione delle controversie: la via arbitrale”)

Chair and introductory remarks: Riccardo Luzzatto (University of Milan)

  • International Commercial Arbitration: Evolution Trends (“L’arbitrage commercial international: tendances évolutives”) (in French): Pierre Mayer (University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Arbitration in Investment Disputes: Developments and Uncertainties (“L’arbitrato in materia di investimenti: sviluppi e incertezze”): Andrea Giardina (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)

Round Table:

Luca Radicati di Brozolo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan); Stefano Azzali (Chamber of National and International Arbitration of Milan); Lucy Reed (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York); Alexis Mourre (Castaldi Mourre Sprague, Paris); Cesare Fabozzi (University of Milan).

For further information and registration, see the website of SIDI-ISIL.

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