ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America

Sao Paulo, Brazil, • English

The ICC Court of Arbitration is organizing, with the International Bar Association (IBA) Arbitration Committee, an event to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 23 August entitled “Arbitration and Rule of Law in Times of Change in Latin America.”


The ICC International Court of Arbitration is organizing a conference in Brazil with the support of the International Bar Association (IBA) Arbitration Committee. The conference will be dedicated to international arbitration proceedings in times of crisis, specifically in the Latin American region. It will include the participation of local and foreign speakers with vast academic and professional experience in the field who will address topics related to procedure and substantive issues in the abuse of process and access to the justice. Furthermore, this conference will delve into subjects related to the powers of arbitrators and the fit and functions of ethics in international arbitration.

Alexis Mourre , President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration will participate in this conference, together with other high officials of the ICC Court and the IBA Arbitration Committee.

The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) Annual Regional Conference will precede this event on 21 August.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Welcoming Remarks

9:30 – 10:15 Keynote Speech – Ethics in the Legal Profession: the role of arbitration

10:15 – 10:30 Q&A Session

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Roundtable on “Abuse of Process: procedure and substantive aspects”
· Unfounded challenges to arbitrators
· Extensive requests for document production
· Frivolous anti-arbitration injunctions
· Introduction of important claims, arguments and evidence at an advance stage
of the proceedings
· Ungrounded claims or allegations
· Criminal proceedings against the parties, arbitrators or counsel
· Frivolous setting aside proceedings against awards rendered

12:30 – 12:45 Q&A Session

12:45 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Roundtable on “Powers of arbitrators”
· The role of arbitrators as result of the increasing use of international arbitration and sophistication of the arbitration process
· Does public policy affect arbitrators’ duties? To what extend?
· The power or duty of arbitrators to investigate allegations of corruption in International Arbitration. How to address it?
· Confrontation between fundamental principles?
o Jurisdiction
o Admissibility of the claims
o Legality of the contract
o Transnational public policy
o Burden and standard of proof
· The ICC Experience

15:45 – 16:00 Q&A Session

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:45 Roundtable on “Access to Justice”
· Rethinking the use of amicus curiae in international arbitration
· The Role of European Commission in Investor-State Arbitration
· The impact of party impecuniosity and insolvency in arbitration
· The validity of arbitration agreements in these situations

17:45 – 18:00 Q&A Session

18:00 – 18:30 Closing Remarks


Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris)

Alfredo Bullard, Bullard Falla Ezcurra (Lima)

Ana Vermal, Proskauer (Paris)

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer, White & Case LLP; Senior co-chair of the International Bar Association Arbitration Committee (Geneva)

Celso Xavier, Demarest Advogados (Sao Paulo)

Eduardo Gonçalves, Vice-chair of the International Bar Association Arbitration Committee Mattos Filho (Sao Paulo)

Eduardo Silva Romero , Vice-chair of the ICC Arbitration Commission; Dechert LLP (Paris)

Eduardo Zuleta, Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta (Bogotá)

João Bosco Lee, Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Lee Taube Gabardo (Curitiba)

José Emilio Nunes Pinto, Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; José Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogados (Sao Paulo)

José Ricardo Feris, Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris)

Julie Bédard, Skadden (Sao Paulo)

Marcelo Ferro, Chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee, ICC Brasil; Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados (Rio de Janeiro)

Ricardo Aprigliano, Aprigliano Sociedade de Advogados (Sao Paulo)

Sabina Sacco, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler (Geneva)

Logistial notes

Venue: InterContinental São Paulo located at Alameda Santos, 1123, São Paulo – SP, 01419-001, Brazil.

Registration Fee
ICC Members – 750 Brazilian Real
Non ICC Members – 900 Brazilian Real
Students – 600 Brazilian Real

For further information
To register and for further information, please send an email to iccbrasil@confirmar.com.br or contact us by telephone at: +55 21 22278668