February 2022 Club Meeting - Should the Hague Choice of Court Convention be ratified?

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Event Location: Zoom

Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Hale and former winner of the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for best article in the field of international arbitration will lead a discussion on The Hague Choice of Court Agreement Convention:  Why It Should Not Be Ratified.  We will also be joined by João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, First Secretary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, who will provide arguments in defense of ratification, and James B. Cunningham, a former senior U.S. diplomat with expertise in negotiating with foreign governments on behalf of U.S. businesses, who will expand upon corruption in foreign government decision making and particularly in the judicial process.  A copy of the Convention--ratified by the EU, Denmark, Mexico, Montenegro, Singapore and the UK, and signed but not ratified by China, Israel, North Macedonia, Ukraine and the U.S.--is attached, along with Mr. Born and Mr. Ribeiro-Bidaoui's blog posts on the subject.