“The Expert in the International Adjudicative Process”

Thursday, 27 April – Friday, 28 April 2017


The symposium intends to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas on a topic of considerable debate and divergent views. It will highlight and confront, among other issues, the appointment of experts, their roles and obligations, the modes of using experts within the framework of the proceedings, and the means of assessing expert evidence available to the judge. The interaction of highly experienced and specialised participants will provide for an in-depth practical and theoretical analysis of the topic, addressing current and emerging trends in relation to expert involvement in international dispute, as well as the scope for reform in this field. This symposium is organised in collaboration with Professors Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Makane Moïse Mbengue (University of Geneva) and forms part of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Project on “Experts and International Courts and Tribunals”.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

13:30-13:45 Welcome
13:45-14:00 Opening Remarks:
Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri & Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
14:00-14:50 Panel 1: Different forms of expert involvement: competition or complementarity?
Chair: Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri
Speakers: Ms Cherise Valles, Dr Georgios Petrochilos, Judge Mohamed Bennouna & Prof. Alain Pellet
14:50-15:40 Discussion
15:40-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:50 Panel 2: The adversarial principle and production of expert evidence: the cornerstone of ‘expertise’?
Chair: Prof. Makane Moïse Mbengue
Speakers: Mr Samuel Wordsworth, Mr Geoffrey Senogles, Mr James Flett & Dr Kate Parlett
16:50-17:40 Discussion
17:40 End of Session

Friday, 28 April 2017

09:00-09:30 Welcome coffee
09:30-10:10 Panel 3: Judicial assessment of expert evidence: towards an international legal epistemology?
Chair: Mr Samuel Wordsworth
Speakers: Prof. José Alvarez, Dr Isabelle van Damme, Judge Joan Donoghue & Prof. Gabrielle Marceau
10:10-11:00 Discussion
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:05 Panel 4: Ethical obligations of experts: in theory but also in practice?
Chair: Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Speakers: Ms Mélida Hodgson, Prof. Philippe Gautier, Prof. Roger Falconer, Ms Maria Pereyra
12:05-12:55 Discussion
12:55-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:50 Panel 5: Quest for a reformed experts regime in international law: does one size fit all?
Chair: Prof. Gabrielle Marceau
Speakers: Ms Kate Cook, Prof. Tullio Treves, Mr Nicolas Lockhart & Dr Brendan Plant
14:50-15:40 Discussion
15:40-16:00 Concluding Observations
Prof. Jean-Marc Sorel
16:00 End of Symposium

Contact person:
Martina Winkel; (+352) 26 94 88 923; events@mpi.lu

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Conference room, 4th floor
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg