The AIIB Legal Conference and AIIB Law Lecture are held annually at AIIB Headquarters in Beijing, China. These events examine legal theme relevant to AIIB and to stakeholders more broadly. Expert participants include of preeminent academics, senior legal officers of International Financial Institutions and leading international practitioners, together with AIIB Senior Management.
AIIB 2018 Law Lecture
Professor Georg Nolte, Chair of the International Law Commission of the United Nations (69th Session, 2017/2018), delivered the 2018 AIIB Law Lecture on the subject of International Organizations in the Recent Work of the International Law Commission to conclude the conference. He addressed an audience of international lawyers, academics, Beijing-based graduate law students and Bank staff.
AIIB 2018 Legal Conference
The AIIB 2018 Legal Conference was held under the theme “International Organizations and the Promotion of Effective Dispute Resolution.” As legal entities and global actors, international organizations are sustained by the rule of law, in place of the hinterland of states, and the effectiveness of international organizations is aligned with the efficient interaction of the laws which enable them to exist and to act. The lawful effective resolution of disputes is therefore the central concern to all international organizations.
As with last years’ inaugural AIIB Legal Conference, attendees included senior lawyers from other international organizations along with senior academics, arbitration and other practitioners as well as AIIB Senior Management. From Academia: William T. Loris, Director, Rule of Law for Development Institute, Loyola University Chicago & former Director-General, International Development Law Organization; Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor of International Arbitration and Commercial Law, Queen Mary University of London & Editor, International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Resolution; Malik Dahlan, Professor of International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary University of London; Asif Qureshi, Professor of International Economic Law, Korea University; Locknie Hsu, Professor of Law, Singapore Management University; Kristina Daugirdas, Professor of Law, University of Michigan; Wenwen Liang, School of Law Lecturer, Wuhan University. From International Financial Institutions: Andreas Baumgartner, Executive Director, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dispute Resolution Authority; Marie-Anne Birken, General Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Ramit Nagpal, Deputy General Counsel, Asian Development Bank; Gonzalo Flores, Deputy Secretary-General, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes Secretariat; Frits Bontekoe, Legal Counsel, World Intellectual Property Organization; Heikki Cantell, General Counsel, Nordic Investment Bank; Diego Devos, General Counsel, Bank for International Settlements. From Arbitration Institutions: Cavinder Bull SC, Vice President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Court of Arbitration; Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, Director-General, London Court of International Arbitration; Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary-General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Matthew Gearing QC, Chair, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Jingzhou Tao, Managing Partner, Asia, Dechert LLP & Member, Advisory Committee of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission; Hugo Hans Siblesz, Secretary-General, Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Inaugural Meeting of Chief Legal Officers of Asia-based IFIs
The first meeting of Chief Legal Officers (CLOs) of Asia-based IFIs was held on Oct. 20, 2017 at the AIIB Headquarters. Participants included Christopher Stephens, General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank; Gerard Sanders, General Counsel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Gene Soon Park, General Counsel of the Credit Guarantee & Investment Facility; Olga Glukhova, Managing Director (Legal) of the Eurasian Development Bank; Raul Herrera, Interim General Counsel of the Green Climate Fund and Nikolay Chernenkiy, Head of Legal of the International Investment Bank. Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel, joined the Plenary Session as Special Guest. Other senior lawyers from represented IFIs also participated in and contributed to the discussions.
During the meeting, the CLOs introduced the legal development at their institutions and discussed the legal challenges they faced and the solutions they produced during 2016/2017. The event was organized as follows: Plenary Session I: Introductions/Presentations; Plenary Session II: Governance; Breakout Session A: Treasury & Investment Operations; Breakout Session B: Institutional Matters; Closed Session for CLOs and Open Session for All.
Inaugural AIIB Law Lecture
Attendees at the AIIB Legal Conference were also able to hear the inaugural AIIB Law Lecture on Oct. 19, 2017 at AIIB Headquarters, given by Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel. The title of the Under-Secretary-General’s lecture was "The Necessity of Cooperation between International Organizations".
Gathering of General Counsel
Some 23 general counsel and other chief legal officers of international organizations participated in the 2017 AIIB Legal Week. A closed-session meeting of these participants was held. The purpose was to facilitate networking and to share, on a confidential basis, views on legal and other issues relevant to many organizations.
AIIB 2017 Legal Conference
The 2017 AIIB Legal Conference theme was Good Governance and Modern International Financial Institutions. Four panels were convened, chaired by senior lawyers of the AIIB’s Office of the General Counsel, on the topics of "The Governance Role of Multilateral Shareholders", "Institutional Design and Effective Governance", "External Dimensions and Governance Mandate" and "Governance and the Rule of Administrative Law". The Conference concluded with a plenary discussion, chaired by the AIIB's General Counsel, and closing remarks by the President.
The 2017 AIIB Legal Conference speakers were drawn from Academia, International Financial Institutions and Practitioners. From Academia: Yifeng Chen, Peking University Law School; Catherine Weaver, University of Texas; Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; and Dan Sarooshi, Essex Court Chambers and University of Oxford. From International Financial Institutions: Marie-Anne Birken, General Counsel, EBRD; Pascale Helene Dubois, Vice President for Integrity, World Bank Group; Yan Liu, Assistant General Counsel, IMF; and Rutger de Witt Wijnen, General Counsel, Global Fund. As well as other Practitioners: Whitney Debevoise, Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and former World Bank Group Executive Director; Natalie Lichtenstein, inaugural General Counsel, AIIB; Stilpon Nestor, former Head of Corporate Affairs Division, OECD; and Joan Powers, former Assistant General Counsel, IMF.