Shelby Grubbs, executive director Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation and Glenn Hendrix Arnall Golden Gregory Shelby Grubbs, executive director, Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation (left) and Glenn Hendrix of Arnall Golden Gregory (Photo: John Disney / ALM)

The Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, known as AtlAS, has attracted a posse of high-profile international practitioners to address a timely topic—international arbitration in a time of resurgent nationalism.

Lawyers from the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Middle East, Stockholm, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. are convening in Atlanta for the conference, “International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism” on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Omni CNN Center downtown.

Lord Peter Goldsmith, the former attorney general for England and Wales who now heads Debevoise & Plimpton’s European and Asian litigation practice, is delivering the keynote speech.

Charles Adams, the head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s international arbitration practice in Geneva and the ambassador to Finland during the Obama administration, is also speaking.

A series of panels will investigate how the rise of nationalist sentiments and a backlash against globalism—such as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership and recent national elections—are affecting international arbitration.

Questions under discussion include: Is investor-state arbitration dead? How does the pushback against international trade treaties affect cross-border business disputes and commercial arbitration? Will nationalist sentiments affect where and how businesses resolve cross-border disputes?

One panel will offer tips for foreign participants on navigating stepped-up U.S. border security in arbitrations located in the United States.

AtlAS members moderating the panels are: Glenn Hendrix of Arnall Golden Gregory, Elizabeth Silbert of King & Spalding, Matt Richardson of Alston & Bird and Wayne Thorpe of JAMS.