11th ICC New York Conference on International Arbitration

New York, United States, • English

Attend ICC’s 11th New York Conference on international arbitration and keep up to date with the latest regional developments.


The eleventh annual conference is a “must attend” for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in North America. The conference will offer a line-up of top-class speakers, an excellent opportunity to network and topical discussions on:

  • ICC Institutional Reform
  • Parallel Proceedings
  • Witness testimony

Who should attend?

Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, mediators, business professionals and academics from around the world.


Registration (08.30 – 09.00)

MORNING SESSIONS (09.00-13:00)

Welcome remarks

Keynote address

  • Alexis Mourre , President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Panel 1 : ICC Institutional Reform: Too Far or Not Far Enough?

The ICC Court has adopted a series of reforms to address users’ demands for enhanced transparency and predictability in arbitration. These reforms reflect broad questions about the role of an arbitral institution, the tools it has available to satisfy user demands and the appropriate degree of regulation. This panel will examine these questions through the lens of recent reforms at the Court, including: (i) publication of arbitrator names, including their nationality and method of appointment; (ii) revisions to the arbitrator’s availability statement and issuance of the Guidance Note on conflict disclosures by arbitrators; (iii) impact of delays on arbitrators’ fees; and (iv) providing reasons for certain Court decisions. This session will examine whether these reforms sufficiently meet the expectations of users or if the Court should go further, such as drafting conduct guidelines.

Coffee Break (11:00-11:30)

Panel 2: Parallel Proceedings: Taking Hostage of an International Arbitration

An international arbitration can be complex enough. What happens when other proceedings related to the same dispute also arise? Parallel arbitrations between the same or closely related parties, multiple arbitrations in a series of vertical contracts, civil suits in one or more courts and even criminal investigations and prosecutions have increasingly become companions to international arbitration. This panel will explore how international arbitration and other dispute resolution systems cooperate and sometimes conflict in addressing the many dimensions of a complex case.

Lunch (13:00-14:15)


Panel 3: Can We Handle the Truth About Witness Testimony?

Witness testimony is commonly presented in international arbitration. Yet cognitive science has demonstrated the fallibility of human memory, and how easily recollections can be distorted. This panel will explain the contemporary scientific understanding of witness recall, whether the implications of this research present a problem for arbitration and how arbitration practice might change to take into account what we have learned from cognitive science to improve arbitrators’ ability to reliably determine the facts.

Coffee Break (16:00-16:30)

Panel 4: Live from New York – It’s the ICC Court!

In celebration of the inaugural ICC Court plenary session to be held in New York City the day after the conference, members of the ICC International Court of Arbitration will lead this interactive mock plenary session in which each conference delegate will become a Court Member and can contribute to the deliberation on an arbitrator challenge.

Closing remarks

Cocktail reception



José I. Astigarraga , Partner, Astigarraga Davis, Miami, United States

Yas Banifatemi , Head of Public International Law, Shearman & Sterling LLP, France; Visiting Lecturer of Law, Yale Law School, United States; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Julie Bédard , Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Săo Paulo/New York, Brazil/United States

Pierre Bienvenu , Senior Partner and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice, Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Allan Campo , Founder and Litigation Consultant, AJC Consulting, Florida, United States

Andrea Carlevaris , Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris

Edward W. Diggs , Senior Counsel and Manager of Claims, Bechtel Corporation, Oil, Gas and Chemical (OG&C) Global Business Unit, Houston, United States

Rocío Digón , Managing Director and Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, SICANA, Inc., New York

Laura W. Doerre , Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, JELD-WEN, Houston, United States

Mark Friedman , Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, United States; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

John Gleeson , Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, United States; Former United States District Judge, New York

Eduardo Damiăo Gonçalves , Partner, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, Săo Paulo, Brazil

Katherine González Arrocha , Director for the Americas, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Panama City

Jean E. Kalicki , Independent Arbitrator, New York & Washington D.C., United States; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center & American University Washington College of Law

Crenguta Leaua , Managing Partner, Leaua & Asociatii, Romania; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Noiana Marigo , Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York, United States

Michael McIlwrath , Global Chief Litigation Counsel, GE Oil & Gas Division, Italy

Alexis Mourre , President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Lucy Reed , Professor and Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Eric A. Schwartz , Partner, King & Spalding LLP, Paris/New York, France/United States; Former Vice-President and Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Vice-Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Laurence Shore , Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York, United States

Deryn Strange , Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Psychology, The City University of New York, New York, United States

Howard Zelbo , Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, New York, United States

Eduardo Zuleta , Partner, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados, Colombia; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Logistial notes


Wednesday 14 September 2016


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
One Liberty Plaza, New York NY 10006, United States

Registration fees

Registration fees include all conference activities including documentation, lunch, coffee breaks, cocktail reception and dinner*. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
*Subject to last minute changes and modifications by the organizers.

Early-bird rate (until 15 July 2016): $499*

ICC member rate (after 15 July 2016): $599*

Non-member rate (after 15 July 2016): $750*

Accompanying person for social events: $210**

* VAT exemption – French Tax Code, Article 259A5°
** includes cocktail reception and dinner. Sessions and lunch are restricted to participants only.

Special discounts
ICC Members may benefit from an extra 5% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.
Group rates : Register 5 people from the same company and pay for 4. Please contact events@iccwbo.org if you wish to benefit from this discount.
In-house Counsel, full time Academics, Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount. Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
Financial aid may be available . For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedure, please contact events@iccwbo.org .

How to register

Easier and faster: register online (secured payment by credit card) by clicking here

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration fees.

To benefit from early bird rates, please note that ICC Services must receive the payment before the deadline.

Travel and accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. You might however be interested to know that ICC has secured a room block with preferential rates of 425$ (excl. taxes) for single and double occupancy at the Andaz Wallstreet Hotel , a 10 minute walk from the conference location. Details about how to make a reservation will be sent upon registration. Please note that the room block will expire on 12 August 2016 .

We are only able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application once we have received your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

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Credits and hours

ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credits under New York ‘s approved jurisdiction procedures. This training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys and has been sent to the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for approval. ICC Training and Conferences is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to provide CPD for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales .French Bars : This training has been sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for the reimbursement of this course from the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux ), subject to terms and conditions.

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 12 August 2016 . Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required. Please note that ICC Services reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Services will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


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