Climate Change, Global Energy and Environmental Disputes

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    26 October 2021 | 14:30 – 16:30 (GMT+1)

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the  are please to present a joint webinar on ‘Climate Change, Global Energy and Environmental Disputes’, taking place on 26 October 2021. Please check your .


The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators provides education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators. The CIArb also acts as a global hub for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business, supporting the global promotion, facilitation and development of all ADR methods.


The CIArb’s growing membership of over 17,000 is based across 149 countries and supported by an international network of 42 branches.


The CIArb offers a range of resources including guidance, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities, as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events. It is a not-for-profit, UK registered charity.


THE IDR GROUP® is a small group of international dispute resolution specialists. The membership is made up of arbitrators, lawyers and other professionals from a number of countries around the world. They are qualified and experienced in international commercial arbitration and other dispute resolution processes.


The experience of the Group reaches into the State level of international dispute resolution: members have sat as Judges and Arbitrators in the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, and in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.


The Group is based at the International Dispute Resolution Centre’s new premises at 1 Paternoster Lane, St. Paul’s, London EC4M 7BQ.


Ann Ryan-Robertson is the Chair of the ICDR® Rules Revision Committee. She is an International Partner at Locke Lord LLP, Houston, Texas USA. She holds a J.D. and a LL.M in International Economic Law and acts as arbitrator and advocate in international and domestic arbitrations. She is experienced in cross-border commercial disputes involving a variety of oil and gas issues, franchise law, partnerships, sales contracts (including those governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods), and commercial contracts pertaining to manufacturing, supply, warranties and project development.

Ann Ryan-Robertson is recognised as a leading disputes lawyer having been named to Global Arbitration Review’s “Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration” since 2015, named to The Best Lawyers in America, International Arbitration-Governmental since 2014, and in 2014 and 2017 named Lawyer of the Year, International Arbitration –Governmental (Houston) by The Best Lawyers in America. In 2020, the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation recognized Ann as a “Premier Woman in the Law” and in 2008, she was named one of 30 “Extraordinary Women in Texas Law” by Texas Lawyer. In 2016, she was the recipient of the University of Houston Law Center’s “Private Sector Achievement Award.”

Recently, the United States Department of Trade selected Ann as one of ten arbitrators appointed by the United States to serve as a dispute settlement panelist pursuant to Chapter 31 of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Ann Ryan-Robertson is President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a past member of the Board of Trustees of CIArb and a past Chair of the North America Branch of CIArb.

Anthony Connerty is a Barrister in practice in Chambers in London. He has acted as Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator in international arbitrations and mediations in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Lagos, London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Washington D.C. under the Rules of various international institutions including AAA/ICDR, LCIA, ICC, CIETAC, CIArb, SCC (Stockholm), RCICAL (Lagos), LME (London Metal Exchange), ICA (International Cotton Association) and in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. He has acted as Counsel in arbitration- related litigation in London and in the Turks and Caicos Islands and acted as Adviser in arbitration – related litigation in the Courts of the People’s Republic of China. His areas of experience include complex international multi-million U.S. dollar cases involving general commercial disputes; oil and gas; metals; cotton; banking; online dispute resolution; art law. Head of the IDR Group.

Nasir Khan M.B.E. is Head of Contract Solutions at Currie & Brown, a global consultancy where he leads procurement advisory, claims, dispute avoidance, management and resolution. Nasir Khan is an engineer, chartered QS, chartered procurement and legally qualified. He is a highly motivated leader with a proven track record of successful delivery in various industries spearheading business improvements, cost savings, project delivery, risk management, procurement, contract management and dispute resolution of large complex programmes. He regularly advises major programmes on procurement routes and conflict avoidance strategies. He has led large and complex claims on quantum, delay and engineering issues. He has Fellowship of various institutions and acts as an expert, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator. Nasir Khan is on the ‘CIArb Approved Faculty List’ and founding member of CIArb Pakistan Branch.


For his work on inter-faith relations and raising equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) awareness, Nasir Khan was awarded MBE at Her Majesty’s Birthday 2020 Honours for the services to Muslims and BAME communities in the UK.

Emilia Onyema is Professor of International Commercial Law at SOAS University of London. She is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, as a Solicitor in England & Wales and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrator. She teaches international commercial arbitration and international investment law; convenes the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference series; and leads the Arbitration in Africa biennial survey research project. She co-published the African Promise and founded the Arbitration Fund for African Students charity. In her arbitration practice, she has experience as presiding, co and sole arbitrator in international commercial arbitration.

Lucy Greenwood is an independent international arbitrator specializing in commercial and investment disputes. She has practised international arbitration since 1998 (working in London, Paris and Houston) and has been appointed as arbitrator in over 60 arbitrations since becoming a full time arbitrator in 2017.  She is highly regarded for her prompt, efficient resolution of disputes and active case management of arbitrations and is particularly in demand as a chair for major energy disputes. Lucy is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Texas attorney and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.  She is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Past Chair, International Committee, Dispute Resolution Section, American Bar Association, Past Chair, North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is the founder of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of international arbitrations.  More information is available at

Philip Andrews-Speed is a Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore. He has 40 years in the field of energy and resources, starting his career as a mineral and oil exploration geologist before moving into the field of energy and resource governance. Until 2010 he was Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Dundee and Director of the Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

His current research focuses on the low-carbon energy transition in China and Southeast Asia and on the governance of nuclear energy. Philip’s latest book China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Lifting the Veil appeared early in 2019. Philip is a member of the IDR Group.

Pierce Riemer is the Director General of the World Petroleum Council. The WPC is a non-advocacy, non-political organisation with charitable status in the U.K. and has accreditation as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from the United Nations. The WPC is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable management and use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. Pierce’s role as CEO of the WPC involves managing the 70 member countries and international committees of the WPC and liaison with other international organizations and with the UN. He is a climate change expert and represents the WPC at UNFCCC meetings and at the UNFC Sustainability Committee and UNECE Reserves and Resources Committees. Pierce sits on the board of the Energy Access Platform with the OPEC Fund for International Development.

Houston -the energy capital of the world -will host the WPC’s 23rd World Petroleum Congress on 5-9 December 2021.

Pierce is a member of the IDR Group

Professor Munir Maniruzzaman is the lead author of a Special Issue of Transnational Dispute Management “International Investment Arbitration – Environmental Protection and Climate Change Issues”. He is a long-standing member of the IDR Group.

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