13th ICC New York Conference on International Arbitration

New York, United States, • English
ICC New york conference

This annual conference seeks to create a highly interactive environment and lively debate among arbitrators, legal practitioners, in-house counsel and academics who wish to learn more about developments in international dispute resolution.


27 September the ICC Institute of World Business Law is organizing a training on The Conduct of the Proceedings and Case Management.

28 September marks the 13th ICC New York Conference on International Arbitration. A “must attend” for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in North America. This conference will offer not only a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network.

Who should attend?

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

27 September Training programme

Advanced training: The Conduct of the Proceedings and Case Management – the arbitrator’s perspective – Thursday 27 September 2018

09:30 – 09:45Welcoming address and introduction 
09:45-10:00Active case management techniques
From the very outset of the arbitration, the tribunal has to actively assist the parties in organizing and streamlining the conduct of the proceedings. During this session, participants will learn and discuss both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint effective case management techniques. These will include issues related to drafting the terms of reference, preparing and conducting case management conferences, and adopting procedural timetables.
10:00-10:30Effective management of arbitration: an ICC perspective
During this session participants will be provided with ICC insights and best practices on various active management techniques
10:30-11:30Case scenarios on active case management techniques and debate
11:30-11:45Coffee Break
11:45-12:15Arbitrators’ authority: scope and limits
The notion of ‘authority of the arbitral tribunal’ is a complex and multifaceted one which plays a key-role in the creation of a suitable framework for the arbitration. It involves both the relationship between the arbitrators as well as the tribunal’s relationship with counsel and raises challenging questions. Among others: how far a dissenting opinion can go and still be effective and appropriate; what is the scope of the tribunal’s authority to sanction counsel’s wrongful conduct: what types of sanctions are available?
12:15-13:15Case scenarios on arbitrators’ authority: scope and limits and debate
14:15-14:45Allowing additional claims and parties
One of the aspects of the growing complexity of international commercial arbitration cases is the increasing number of arbitrations involving multiplicity of parties, including non-signatory parties, claims and cross-claims, and multi-contract disputes. This session will address the main pitfalls as well as the challenging jurisdictional matters that arbitrators face when confronted with complex arbitrations.
14:45-15:30Case scenarios on allowing additional claims and parties and debate
15:30-15:45Coffee Break 
15:45-16:15Managing the exchange of information
Obtaining and presenting information is of paramount importance when preparing an international commercial arbitration case. The mission of the arbitral tribunal lies in managing such exchange of information, taking into consideration the different cultural legal approaches of the parties and their counsel and the particular circumstances of each case. Paritcipants will learn how arbtirators should deal with issues such as: the management of electronically stored information; the preservation of the confidentiality of information and related issues of applicable law; protection of trade, technological and commercial secrets; privacy of the arbitral proceedings; and ethical conduct of the parties.
16:15-17:05Case scenarios on managing the exchange of information and debate
17:05-17:15Concluding remarks 

Training speakers

Yas Banifatemi,Partner, Shearman & Sterling, France;  Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Stephen DrymerHead of International Arbitration, Woods LLP, Canada
Horacio A. Grigera NaónIndependent Arbitrator, Washington D.C., United States; Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, American University, Washington DC; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Mélida N. HodgsonPartner, Foley Hoag LLP, New York, United States; Former Associate General Counsel at USTR; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Marek KrasulaCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration®, SICANA, Inc., New York
Stefan KröllIndependent Arbitrator, Germany; Director, Center of International Dispute Resolution, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg; Director, Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot Court
Carolyn LammPartner, White & Case, Washington D.C., United States; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

28 September Conference programme

09:00 – 09:30Introduction & Welcome Remarks 
09:30 – 10:00Keynote Speech
10:00 – 11:15Spotlight North America: Developments Affecting the Hemisphere
– Overview of the changing legal landscape including recent legislative changes and noteworthy case law
– ISDS reform and implications
11:15 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:00Efficiency is Money: Techniques to Improve International Arbitration
– Arbitrators’ mandate to streamline proceedings and appropriate limits to tribunal’s authority
– Role of counsel and clients to ensure expeditious resolution of dispute
– Expedited procedure provisions and Emergency arbitrator procedures
– Issues related to taking of evidence
– Bifurcation and summary dispositions
13:00 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 15:30A Debate: Freedom of Choice vs. Assurance of Expertise
– Should arbitrators be required to undergo formal training to acquire certain qualifications?
– To what standard should arbitrators be held?
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:15A Tale of Two Perspectives: In-house Counsel – External Counsel Dialogue
What clients want counsel to understand vs. what counsel wish clients would consider
– Protecting companies’ confidential information
– Judicial interference risks
– Ability to collect
– Factors considered when choosing counsel and arbitrators
17:15 – 17:30Closing Remarks
17:45 – 19:15Cocktail Reception 

Keynote address by: 

John W.H. Denton AO, ICC Secretary General

Conference speakers

Arif AliPartner, Dechert LLP, Washington, D.C., United States
Marine AssadollahiGeneral Counsel for North America, Fives Group, Canada
Claudia Benavides Galvis Partner, Baker McKenzie, Bogota, Colombia
Cecilia CarraraPartner, Legance Avvocati Associati, Italy
Tina CicchettiIndependent Arbitrator, Vancouver, Canada
Kabir DuggalAssociate, Arnold & Porter, New York, United States
John FellasPartner, Hughes Hubbard, New York, United States
Franco FerrariDirector, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law, New York University School of Law, New York, United States
Alexander G. FessasSecretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Susan D. FranckProfessor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C., United States
Marek KrasulaCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration®, SICANA, Inc., New York
Yasmine LahlouPartner, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York, United States
Christian LeathleyPartner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York, United States
Soeun (Nikole) LeeDeputy Director, Head – ICC Young Arbitrators Forum North America Chapter, ICC International Court of Arbitration®, SICANA, Inc., New York
Benjamin S. LongletSenior Counsel, Litigation, Chevron Upstream, San Ramon, United States
Dana C. MacGrathCounsel, Sidley Austin LLP, New York, United States
Ari D. MacKinnonPartner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, United States
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Janet OhSenior Vice President Legal Affairs, Clean Power Sector, SNC-Lavalin, Montreal, Canada
Richard J. PaulVice President and General Counsel, Lockheed Martin International, Arlington, United States
Ina C. PopovaPartner, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, United States
Eduardo Siqueiros T.Partner, Hogan Lovells, Mexico City, Mexico
Greig TaylorManaging Director, AlixPartners, New York, United States
Nancy M. TheveninGeneral Counsel, United States Council for International Business, New York

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 27-28 September 2018
New York University School of Law, 108 West Third Street, New York NY 10012
Conference: New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York NY 10012
Registration fees13th ICC New York Conference
Early bird until 27 July 2018: US$589
ICC member: US$699
Non-member: US$867
Advanced Training
Early bird until 27 July 2018: US$602
ICC member: US$694
Non-member: US$867
Package: Training and Conference
Early bird until 27 July 2018: US$998
ICC member: US$1,162
Non-member: US$1,452
Travel and accommodationTravel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees.
Special discountsGroup rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.
Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
Working languageEnglish
Credits and hoursICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York ‘s approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is an accredited CPD provider by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales.
Cancellation policy50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 31 August 2018. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required. Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 7US$ + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. 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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