DIS40 Autumn Conference 2022: ESG – Dawn of A New Era of Disputes in International Arbitration?


We are happy to invite you to the DIS40 Autumn Conference in Berlin on 14 September 2022 and celebrate the 20th anniversary of DIS40 with you.

This year’s topic is “ESG – Dawn of A New Era of Disputes in International Arbitration?”

You have certainly come across the three letters E-S-G in international arbitration, but do you know what it is really all about? Together with our audience and our diverse group of panellists, we will explore the different facets of ESG-related disputes and will shed light on this trending but still unknown topic. Is ESG a thing or is it much ado nothing, at least in commercial arbitration?

After an introduction to the topic, the first panel will address the “E”nvironmental aspect of ESG, namely environmental and climate change-related issues. Is international arbitration the right forum to solve climate change disputes? What is the role of commercial arbitration in transitioning to a net zero future? How can we reduce the CO2 footprint of arbitral proceedings?

The second panel will be dedicated to the “S”ocial aspect of ESG, focusing on the intersection between business human rights and international arbitration. Both the Bangladesh Accord and the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration seek to create a forum for these disputes. Can arbitration increase accountability of international businesses? Does it provide the right forum for affected stakeholders? How does the arbitral process need to be adjusted in order to promote justice in a fair and efficient manner?

Finally, the conference will be concluded by debating the “G”overnance aspect of ESG, in particular fraud and corruption in international arbitration. What are the duties of tribunals to investigate red flags? Is there an obligation to report to law enforcement authorities? What is the applicable standard of proof?

DIS40 Conference: ESG – Dawn of A New Era of Disputes in International Arbitration?

Date: 14 September 2022, 9:45 am – 4:30 pm
Venue: Radisson Collection Hotel Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3, 10178 Berlin, Room Nikolai I

The full programme is available here.


Celebration of DIS40’s 20th anniversary

Date: 13 September 2022, 7:45 am – 11:15 pm
Venue: MS Rhein (boat), departing at East Side Gallery, Berlin (the pier is located in front of the Mercedes Benz Arena next to the restaurant ZOLA East Side - Friedrichshain)

Detailed information and registration can be found here.

Additional events

6th Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture
Date: 14 September 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: Orangerie im Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 22-24, 14059 Berlin
Detailed information and registration can be found here.

DIS Autumn Conference 2022
15 September 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Radisson Collection Hotel Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3, 10178 Berlin, Room Nikolai I
Detailed information and registration can be found here.

Plus further events organized within the framework of the Berlin Dispute Resolution Days.

Hotel reservation

For the conference, we have blocked hotel rooms for the period 13 - 14 September 2022 which you can draw on when making a booking. Please make your room reservation directly with the hotel.

Please note that the hotel contingents are limited and only valid until 17 August 2022!

You can find more information on contingents and the venues here.

Registration information

The registration fee for the DIS40 Conference is EUR 160 plus VAT. By booking you accept the General Terms and Conditions for Conferences and Workshops. The number of participants for the event is limited.

We kindly ask for timely registration on or before 6 September 2022.

To register, please use the registration boxes below according to the type of membership.

When registering, please be sure to give the correct, invoiceable address. In case of doubt, please contact your accounting department.


If you have any questions about the DIS40 Autumn Conference, please contact dis40(at)no_spamdisarb.org.


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