24 Apr 17

1st ICC European Conference on International Arbitration

Paris, France, • English
ICC European conference on International Arbitration

The conference is the launch event of the first Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) and will end with the PAW opening cocktail reception. This conference is a “must attend” for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest institutional developments and the evolution of arbitration in Europe.


Les Salons Hoche, 9, Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, France
Conference: Salon Elysée
PAW opening cocktail reception: Salon Monceau

Conference: 09.00-18.15
PAW opening cocktail reception: 18.30-20.30

Who should attend?

  • Practising lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in Europe


Shaping ICC arbitration for the future

08.00 – 09.00Registration and welcome coffee
09.00 – 09.30Welcome address – ICC Arbitration today and tomorrow in Europe
9.30 – 10.30What do ICC users say
10.30 – 11.00Discussion
11.00 – 11.30Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30ICC Expedited Rules – One size does not fit all
Small claims are 30% of the arbitration cases administered by the ICC International Court of Arbitration and they deserve a specific treatment. The ICC Expedited Rules, that took effect on March 1, 2017, are offering new possibilities for users, and aimed at reducing both the time and cost of ICC arbitrations with lower value claims, but also when parties feel they are appropriate regardless of the amount in dispute with an “opt-in” basis. This panel doesn’t aim to study the procedural mechanisms of this new set of Rules but rather to explore some practical examples where the ICC Expedited Rules could be chosen, with the various perspectives of users, arbitrators and practitioners. What are the ICC Expedited Rules? How do they work for small arbitration claims? How could they also be opted into for bigger claims and how is expedited arbitration the answer to legitimate user concern about time and costs?
12.30 – 13.00Discussion
13.00 – 14.30Lunch
14.30 – 15.30Regional challenges to arbitration in Europe
Europe, especially North and West Europe, is home to many of the leading arbitral institutions in the world, but also home to specialised and experienced national courts regarded as being supportive of arbitral proceedings. But there are a number of countries, notably in East Europe, where arbitration is still in its early period and where local courts are not regarded as being supportive of arbitral proceedings. This panel aims to explore the multiple challenges which are appearing in such context, ranging from arbitrability and jurisdictional issues, changes within the State Courts to compete with arbitration, the key issue of transparency and quality control (including scrutiny), as well the role of regional Courts, notably the European Court of Justice, and how they intervene in the arbitration process.
15.30 – 16.00Discussion
16.00 – 16.30Coffee break
16.30 – 17.30Revisiting the concept of “a good ICC arbitrator” – Round table
Has the profile of a modern ICC arbitrator changed?
What make a good ICC arbitrator in light of the state of affairs? Diversity, availability, Admin Secretaries, need (or not) of being a specialist etc.
“ICC kitchen” in terms of selection and appointment of arbitrators: how does it work? Intervention of one NC and someone from the Secretariat.
17.30 – 18.00Discussion
18.00 – 18.15Closing remarks
18.30 – 20.30Opening cocktail PAW


Patrick Baeten Deputy General Counsel – Disputes, Engie, France
Andrea Carlevaris Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
Alexander Fessas Managing Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Bruce Gailey Consultant, Borden Ladner Gervais, Switzerland
François Georges Secretary General, ICC France, Paris
Beata Gessel- Kalinowska vel Kalisz Arbitrator; Senior Partner, Gessel Attorneys at Law, Poland; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Susanne Gropp-Stadler Head of Litigations, Siemens AG, Germany; Partner, Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Germany; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Inka HanefeldPartner, Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Germany; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Gefion Hauer General Counsel, Head Sports Group, Austria
Maria Hauser-Morel Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Karl Hennessee Senior Vice-President Head of Litigation & Investigations – Airbus Group Legal & Compliance, France; President, Governing Body, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Vladimir Khvalei Partner, Moscow Branch of Baker & McKenzie CIS Ltd. Russia; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Crenguta Leaua Managing Partner, Leaua & Asociatii, Romania; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Marnix Leijten Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V., The Netherlands; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Laetitia de Montalivet Director, Arbitration and ADR Europe, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Alexis Mourre President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Robin Oldenstam Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, Sweden; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Philippe Pinsolle Managing Partner, Paris Office, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, France
Carita Wallgren-Lindholm Arbitrator, Finland; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration & ICC Institute of World Business Law
Oliver Wieck Secretary General, ICC Germany, Berlin

Logistical notes

Date and venueDate: 24 April 2017
Venue: Les Salons Hoche, 9 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, France
Registration feeConference:
The registration fee covers all conference activities*, including documentation, lunch, coffee breaks, and the opening PAW cocktail reception. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
* subject to last minute changes and modification by the organizers.
Early Bird rate until 3 March 2017: €679 (€814,80 incl. VAT)
After 3 March 2017:
ICC members: €796 (€955,20 incl. VAT)
Non-members: €995 (€1194 incl. VAT)
PAW opening cocktail reception:
Free of charge
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 persons from the same company and pay for 4
-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.
Travel and accommodationTravel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A list of hotels in Paris, with which ICC has negotiated preferential room rates, will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration.VisaWe are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration online.
Working languageEnglish
Credits and hoursICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York’s and Florida’s approved jurisdiction procedures, 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 before the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.
Cancellation policy50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 24 March 2017 . 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 5€ + 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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For further information, please contact

  • Charlotte Strandberg
  • +33 1 49 53 29 34
  • Programme and logistics
  • Mouna El Jabri
  • +33 1 49 53 28 67
  • Registration issues
  • Sandra Sanchez Nery
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  • Sponsorship