Join us for the third dispute resolution forum! Do you think you heard enough of renewables? Join our first webinar and think again: both the design of the support schemes and the jurisprudence are constantly changing. The second webinar takes us to the battle field. Can litigation save us from the imminent catastrophe of climate change and prove once and for all that states are responsible for climate hazards? Beyond the court system, shareholders and financing institutions lead their own battle to ensure that businesses stop contributing to the climate crisis. Our third dispute resolution forum is an entirely online event – and our third webinar will focus on a hot topic: the virtual unreality of dispute resolution.
Renewable support schemes have been the starting point of numerous investment arbitrations. After Italy, Spain and Czech Republic, it was just a matter of time until the Energy Community Contracting Parties had to test the viability of their own support schemes. Despite structural problems in the Ukrainian electricity system, which also affected the feed-in tariff scheme, Ukraine has managed so far to avoid arbitrations; it may not be able to do so in the future. Going forward, what lessons can be drawn from the renewable energy arbitrations? Can the state ever design a bullet-proof support scheme, to withstand the test of arbitration and litigation, and to benefit customers, producers and investors equally?
Moderator: Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat and Chair of the Energy Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre
Renewable Energies and Investor-State Arbitration– Antolin Fernandez Antuña, Antuña and Partners
Designing effective renewable schemes: an economic perspective – Dan Harris, Brattle Group
1 March 2021: Speakers of Webinar 1
Mr. Dan Harris has more than fifteen years of experience as an expert in valuation and quantification of damages. He has been retained by major law firms and their clients to testify on damages and quantum in international arbitration proceedings in a variety of forums including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Mr Harris has particular expertise in the energy industry, and regularly acts as an expert in disputes involving natural gas and LNG in long-term contracts both in Europe and Asia. He has also testified in disputes concerning energy infrastructure including petroleum distribution assets, power stations, and LNG import terminals. Mr. Harris is listed as one of the world’s leading arbitration experts in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration. He is a regular speaker at gas and electricity conferences, and lectures at the Florence School of Regulation. Prior to joining The Brattle Group in 2002, Mr. Harris worked for Shell’s upstream oil and gas business in the Netherlands for five years in a variety of roles, including the development of economic models for new oil and gas field developments.
Antolín Fernández Antuña
Antolín Fernández Antuña is the founder and managing partner of Antuña & Partners, specializing in international arbitration. He is a lawyer, accountant, and holds a master’s degree in public administration, public policy and taxation. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and his experience includes, among others, the following sectors: energy, transport, construction, infrastructure, mining and telecommunications. He has participated as Counsel in 40+ renewable energy investor-State arbitrations (ICSID, PCA, SCC), including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy arbitration cases.