International Commercial Arbitration One Year Post-COVID: What Have We Learned, and What Can We Expect Post-Pandemic? 

Mar. 17, 2021

The CBA International Law Section presents:

International Commercial Arbitration One Year Post-COVID: What Have We Learned, and What Can We Expect Post-Pandemic? 

March 17, 2021 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern

Zoom Video Conference

Join the CBA's International Law Section for our first brown bag session focused on how COVID-19 has reshaped international commercial arbitration practice, and dispute resolution more generally. Speakers Myriam Seers and Christopher Petrucci will share practice insights and discuss recent developments, and consider how international commercial arbitration may be practiced post-pandemic. This event will be of interest to anyone looking to sharpen their advocacy skills, learn more about complementary practice areas, or anyone with a budding interest in the area.

Specific areas for discussion include:

  • Novel issues related to procedural fairness in virtual hearings;
  • How to prepare for virtual hearings, and virtual advocacy tips generally;
  • Drafting arbitration clauses to account for COVID-related concerns; and
  • One-year post-pandemic, what have we learned, and what opportunities lay ahead?


A Q&A session will follow the speakers’ presentation.


Jeremy D’Souza                             


Myriam M. SeersTorys LLP

Myriam practices litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation involving clients in the mining, electricity, oil and gas, and transportation sectors. Myriam has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, in international arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules, in all levels of Ontario and Canadian federal courts, before Ontario administrative tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal, and in domestic arbitrations.

Myriam is the Vice-Chair of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee. She is ranked as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in arbitration by Chambers Canada and as an arbitration Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal.

Christopher PetrucciBennett Jones LLP

Chris practices corporate and commercial litigation in a variety of industries with a special focus on energy (including power and oil and gas), construction and infrastructure, surety claims, shareholder disputes, mining, and real estate. Chris also has an active alternative dispute resolution practice.  He has represented clients in various forms of dispute resolution involving Judicial Dispute Resolution, mediation, and arbitration, including international arbitration under multiple procedural regimes, such as UNCITRAL, ICC, IBA, and LCIA.

In 2020, Chris was recognized as one of Canada’s leading infrastructure lawyers by Lexpert. He has also been recognized as one of Canada’s leading litigators by Lexpert and a future leader in construction law by Who’s Who Legal.


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    March 17, 2021
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)


    Instructions will be sent via email the day prior to the event.


    CBA members: Free

    Non-members: $25                                                                                                                                                            





Augusta Acquah
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The Canadian Bar Association
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