Co-sponsored by the International Economic Law Interest Group and Women in International Law Interest Groups
In June 2009, Meg Kinnear became the first full-time Secretary-General of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). This discussion with Secretary-General Kinnear will explore her plans for ICSID and discuss matters, such as the increasing use of public international law in investor-state arbitration, increasing arbitral regional and gender diversity, transparency, administrative efficiency and costs, and careers in international arbitration.
Moderator: David Caron, University of California, Berkeley Law
Meg Kinnear, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
David D. Caron is C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley Law. He currently teaches public international law, resolution of private international disputes, ocean law and policy, and the advanced international law writing workshop.
Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1987, Caron practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. From 1985 to 1986, he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law. A Fulbright scholar and former navigator and salvage diver in the U.S. Coast Guard, Caron graduated from Boalt in 1983. He then served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard Mosk and Charles Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
Since 1999, Meg Kinnear has been General Counsel (Senior General Counsel from 2006) and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada, a joint legal unit of the Departments of Justice and of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. In that capacity, she has been responsible for the conduct of all international investment and trade litigation involving Canada.
Ms. Kinnear has also been responsible for the provision of advice on international investment and trade questions as well as legal support for investment and trade treaty negotiations and for the implementation of such treaties. Ms. Kinnear has published numerous articles on international investment law and procedure and is a frequent speaker on these topics.
Meg Kinnear of the World Bank addresses the polarizing question of whether arbitrators should also serve as counsel. While Kinnear says she understands the concerns about this practice, she also recognizes the limited number of "qualified, available, non-conflicted" people to serve.