01 Dec 17

37th Annual Meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law

Paris, France, • English

This year’s 37th Annual Meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law is dedicated to “Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration”.

Description

Taking place in Paris on 1 December 2017, the annual conference of the ICC Institute of World Business Law will gather international business practitioners, legal experts and academics to deliberate on the topic of “Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration”. 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.

The Institute will also publish a book on Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration (Dossier XVI of the Institute series). Prepared by some of the key speakers, each participant will receive a free copy as part of their conference materials.

Who should attend?

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

Programme

08:30 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 09:10Opening
  • Yves Derains, Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, Paris, Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
09:10 – 09:20Introduction
  • Michael Polkinghorne, Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
09:20 – 10:20The Rules and the Practice
As many of us know, the Amended ICC Rules of Arbitration entered into force on 1 March 2017. They, like other rules, are responsive to user demands that expedited procedures have a role in modern systems of commercial dispute resolution.

Experience has shown that while some rules, such as those of ICSID, authorize arbitral tribunals to take expeditious measures in order to dispense with clearly unmeritorious claims, they have been rarely used. And many other rules in the commercial and investment spheres have in the past lacked such express authority. But are we not seeing change, as arbitral institutions react to user desire to see tribunals take a firmer hand over the procedures, and so will we see their use more frequently? What has recent experience shown us concerning tribunal attitudes to such issues?

  • 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
  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Bo G.H. Nilsson, Partner, Advokatfirman Lindahl, Sweden
10:20 – 10:50Questions and answers
10:50 – 11:10Coffee Break
11:10 – 12:10The possibility of immediate measures once a tribunal is instituted
What can the parties do in advance of any dispute so that the tribunal is vested with the requisite authority to move things along? What works and what does not work in crafting arbitration agreements to seek the expeditious resolution of their disputes? And come what may, what can a tribunal do where the rules are silent? Will tribunals be marooned in a sea of what Klaus Peter Berger recently called due process paranoia, and how will national courts deal with challenges to awards where tribunals have taken the plunge, as it were, in resolving disputes or questions in an expeditious fashion? How do they work then in practice?
Tribunal

  • Christophe Seraglini, Partner, Betto Seraglini, France

Parties

  • Patrick Baeten, Deputy General Counsel, Disputes at Engie, France
12:10 – 12:40Questions and answers
12:40 – 14:15Lunch break
14:15 – 15:15Of sports and domain names…
Examples of expedited procedures already exist in the world of arbitration, in areas such as domain name and sports disputes. How do these work in practice and what lessons can we learn from them in seeking to streamline and expedite arbitration in the broader sense? What has experience taught us within these specific areas? Can the lessons learned be used to good advantage in crafting solutions in the wider field of commercial or treaty arbitration?
Sports

  • Bernard Hanotiau, Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Belgium; Council Member, ICC Institute of Wolrd Business Law

Domain names

  • Andrea Mondini, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
15:15 – 15:45Questions and answers
15:45 – 16:05Coffee Break
16:05 – 17:05The prickly subject of summary judgement and enforcement issues
To close the day, speakers will look at the specific issue of summary judgment and the ever-present issue of the enforcement of such decisions. Once again the debate will revolve around recent experience in this field where many rules, such as those of the SCC and SIAC have provided express authority to render expedited awards or other decisions. In looking at decisions of national courts or commentators, what are the traps and pitfalls that a tribunal should avoid in taking such measures, and can one see any issues already arising out of international enforcement systems such as, first and foremost, the New York Convention or domestic systems of enforcement?
  • Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner & Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt; Chair of Private International Law, Cairo University; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Constantine Partasides QC, Partner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom
17:05 – 17:35Questions and anwers
17:35 – 17:45Conclusions
  • Laurent Lévy, International Arbitrator; Founding Partner, Levy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
18:00 – 19:30Award Ceremony of the 2017 Institute Prize and Cocktail Reception

Speakers

Co-chairs: 

Laurent Lévy, International Arbitrator, Founding Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Michael Polkinghorne, Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Patrick BaetenDeputy General Counsel, Disputes Engie, France
Yas BanifatemiHead of Public International Law, Shearman & Sterling LLP, France; Visiting Lecturer of Law, Yale Law School, United States; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Yves DerainsChairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, Paris, Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Alexander G. FessasSecretary General & Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Bernard HanotiauPartner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Belgium; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Andrea MondiniPartner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Bo G.H. NilssonPartner, Advokatfirman Lindahl, Sweden
Constantine Partasides QCPartner, Three Crowns LLP, United Kingdom
Antonio RigozziFounding Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland
Christophe SeragliniPartner, Betto Seraglini, France
Mohamed Abdel WahabFounding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt; Chair of Private International Law, Cairo University; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Logistical notes

Date and venueDate: 1 December 2017
Venue: International Chamber of Commerce Headquarters
33-43 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Registration feesEarly-bird rate until 20 October 2017: €910.80
ICC member: €1092
Non-member: €1310.40
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.

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