10May 19

Enforcement, setting aside and related treaty claims: A view from Europe

Geneva, Switzerland, • English

This conference is a “must attend” for arbitration practitioners and more generally dispute resolution professionals who want to keep up to date with the latest developments and increasing challenges when it comes to enforcement and setting aside of arbitral awards.


With a highly interactive format and dynamic presentations from real thought leaders in arbitration, this premier event of its kind in Switzerland will bring together panelists (arbitration counsel, arbitrators, and academics) from all over Europe to discuss recent trends and decisions in relation to the setting aside and enforcement of arbitral awards, and the circumstances under which the violation of the New York Convention could amount to a violation of investment protection standards.

The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception.


13:30-14:00Welcome address and introduction
14:00-16:00The final battle(s): a tour d’Europe of the practice of national courts in relation to the setting aside and enforcement of arbitral awards

The first panel, composed of specialists coming from different jurisdictions, will discuss the recent trends of their respective national courts in relation to the setting aside and enforcement of arbitral awards, and the increasing tendency of some state courts to interfere in the arbitration process.

16:00-16:30Q&A session
16:30-17:00Coffee break
17:00-18:30Arbitration agreements and awards as investment: how far does the protection of international law go?

The second panel will cover issues such as whether an arbitral award or the right to arbitrate itself are protected assets under investment treaties, and under what circumstances can the violation of the New York Convention amount to a violation of investment protection standards. The panel will also explore the chances of success of such claims, and discuss whether the number of similar claims can be expected to rise given the continuously growing interference of EU law in the field of international arbitration.

18:30-19:00Q&A session
19:00-19:30Closing address


David AriasPartner, Arias SLP, Spain
Yas BanifatemiVice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Shearman & Sterling, France
Maria Beatrice DeliProfessor of International Law; Secretary General of the Italian Association for Arbitration and Secretary General of ICC Italy, Italy
Xavier Favre-BullePartner, Lenz & Staehelin, Switzerland
Pietro GalizziHead of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Eni gas e luce S.p.A., Italy
Alexander G.FessasSecretary General of the ICC International Court of

Arbitration and Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris

Jan KleinheisterkampAssociate Professor, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Françoise LefèvreMember of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Linklaters, Belgium
Sebastiano NessiConference Co-chair; Senior Associate, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Giulio PalermoConference Co-chair; Partner, Archipel, Switzerland
Réka Agnes PappSenior Asssociate, Bureau Pierre Tercier; Senior Researcher, CIDS Switzerland
Olena PerepelynskaMember of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Integrites, Ukraine
Philippe PinsollePartner, Quinn Emmanuel, France
Maxi SchererProfessor in International Arbitration; Special counsel, WilmerHale, United Kingdom
Anne Véronique SchlaepferMember of the ICC Executive Board and Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, White & Case, Switzerland
Urs Weber-StecherPresident of the Swiss Commission of Arbitration (National Committee) of ICC Switzerland; Partner, Wenger & Vieli, Switzerland

Logistical notes


La Maison de la Paix

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2,

1202 Genève

Registration fees include

  • All documentation and coffee breaks.
  • Cocktail Reception.

Additionally, please note:

  • In the morning of 10 May 2019: arbitration events organised in coordination with ICC Switzerland, Swiss Arbitration Association, Comité Français de l’Arbitrage, Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato, Cepani, Club Español del Arbitraje, Russian Arbitration Association and Ukrainian Arbitration Association. The morning events preceding the ICC Conference are free of charge, more information will follow in due course
  • On 9 May 2019, ASA below40 Spring Seminar.

Travel and accommodation

Travel 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 Geneva, with which preferential room rates have been negotiated, will be sent to you upon receipt of registration.


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In order to register for this event please send to info@icc-switzerland.ch

  1. The Registration Form filled and signed
  2. Evidence of payment of the registration fees.

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