Effective Dispute Resolution for International Business Transactions

Reykjavík, Iceland, • English

The conference will introduce and present the current trends in international commercial arbitration as well as promote arbitration after the full liberalization of the foreign trade relations of Iceland in March 2017.


This Conference is the first of two events co-organized by the ICC International Court of Arbitration on international arbitration as an effective tool for international commercial dispute resolution. It will be followed by the Round Table Practical Issues of International Arbitration and in Particular ICC Arbitration on 8 September 2017.

Who should attend?

Practitioners in international law, international commerce, and commercial law; judges; practitioners in dispute resolutions; a wide range of representatives active in commercial practice who are interested in international transactions; financial sector specialists


09:00 – 10:10General Features of International Arbitration and the Jurisdiction of Arbitral Tribunals and ICC Arbitration in Particular.


Prof  Dr  Alexander J BĚLOHLÁVEK, Prague, Czech Republic (Moderator)

Associate Professor Eiríkur Elís ÞORLÁKSSON, Reykjavík, Iceland

Piotr NOWACZYK, Warsaw, Poland

10:10 – 10:30Coffee break
10:30 – 12:20Selection of Arbitrators. Role of Permanent Arbitral Institutions and in Particular under ICC Rules.


Hjördis Birna HJARTARDÓTTIR, Paris, France (Moderator)

Przemysław P KRZYWOSZ, Warsaw, Poland

Niels SCHIERSING, Copenhagen, Denmark & London, England

Prof Patrick THIEFFRY, Paris, France

Suvi LAPPALAINEN, Cologne, Germany (Finland)

12:20 – 13:30Lunch break
13:30 – 14:45Arbitral Awards. What will the Parties get? What to do with an Award? Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards.


Garðar Víðir GUNNARSSON, Reykjavík, Iceland (Moderator)

Dr Herman VERBIST, Ghent and Brussels, Belgium

Rabab YASSEEN, Geneva, Switzerland

14:45 – 15:00Coffee break
15:00 – 16:30Procedural Efficiency. What to do to Speed Things up? Expedited ICC Procedure.


Hafliði Kristján LARUSSON, Reykjavík, Iceland (Moderator)

Dr Anton BAIER, Vienna, Austria

Dr Bernd EHLE, Geneva, Switzerland

Christopher NEWMARK, Paris and London, France / United Kingdom

Friederike SCHÄFER, Paris, France


Welcome Note by Mrs. Sigríður Á. AndersenIceland´s Minister of Justice
Dr Anton BaierFounding Partner, Baier, Vienna
Prof Dr Alexander J BělohlávekManaging Partner, Belohlavek Law Offices, Prague
Dr Bernd EhlePartner, Lalive, Geneve
Garðar Víðir GunnarssonPartner, LEX Law Offices, Reykjavik
Hjördis Birna HjartardóttirDeputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Przemysław P KrzywoszManaging Partner, Przemko, Warsaw
Hafliði Kristján LárussonPartner, Fjeldsted & Blöndal, Reykjavik
Suvi LappalainenCounsel, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
Christopher NewmarkPartner, Spenser Underhill Newmark, London; Chairman, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
Piotr NowaczykIndependent Arbitrator, Warsaw
Associate Professor Eiríkur Elís ÞorlákssonAssistant Professor, Reykjavik University, Reykjavik
Friederike SchäferCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration Paris
Niels SchiersingIndependent Arbitrator, Copenhagen
Prof Patrick ThieffryIndependent Arbitrator, Paris
Dr Herman VerbistAttorney at law, Ghent and Brussels
Rabab YasseenPartner, Mentha Avocats, Geneva, Switzerland

Logistical notes


School of Law – Reykjavík University / Lagadeild – Háskólinn í Reykjavík

Menntavegur 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland


Every participant is expected to arrange his/her own transport and accommodation. Hotels HILTON NORDICA and Hotel GRAND are recommended.

For more information, contact

  • Vedis Hervor Arnadóttir
  • +354 5107100
  • Iceland Chamber of Commerce
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