ICC-FIDIC Conference on International Construction Contracts & Dispute Resolution

Tbilisi, Georgia, • English
ICC-FIDIC International Construction Contracts Conference

ICC and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) will hold their annual ICC-FIDIC Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, a gateway between Asia and Europe.

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The event, which gathers the world’s leading construction practitioners aims to provide participants with an update of the latest industry trends and developments, deliver real-world insight and specialist knowledge, as well as offer an exclusive networking platform for the international construction community.


Internationally renowned engineers, construction arbitration specialists and in-house lawyers of leading companies in the field will share their practical experience and knowledge on the FIDIC contracts and the related procedures for claims and disputes, Dispute Boards and ICC Arbitration in construction cases.

Who should attend?

Any practitioner involved in international construction contracts and disputes:

  • engineers, contractors, in-house lawyers from construction companies
  • construction lawyers, arbitrators
  • mediators, experts, contract managers
  • financial institutions and Government entities involved in procurement


FIDIC is the French acronym for the International Federation of Consulting Engineers. It was founded in 1913 to promote the professional interests of member associations and to disseminate information of interest to members of its constituent national associations. FIDIC membership represents more than 99 countries and most of the practising consulting engineers in the world. Buy your FIDIC books here.

Conference programme

DAY 1: Thursday 20 September 2018
9.00 – 09.10Welcome address and introduction
09.10 – 09.20Welcome by co-chairs
09.20 – 10.45Session 1: An introduction to the FIDIC and its Forms of Contracts, including the new 2017 FIDIC Suite of Contracts
FIDIC was established in 1913 and the first Red Book was published in August 1957. Since, FIDIC contracts have evolved to what they are today – the international standard. This session will provide an overview of FIDIC the organization its forms of contracts before outlining the salient features of the 2017 of the Red, Yellow and Silver FIDIC conditions of contract.
– FIDIC: The organization
– Background and principles of the FIDIC forms of contract
– Overview and comparison of the Red, Yellow and Silver Books
– Salient features of the FIDIC 2017 update
10.45 – 11.15Coffee break
11.15 – 12.45Session 2: Dispute Boards in Action: A Mock Dispute Avoidance and Adjudication Board (DAAB)
The FIDIC contracts are specially noteworthy in the requirement that the parties constitute a Dispute Avoidance and Adjudication Board (DAAB) and that all disputes must go through the DAAB process. This Mock DAAB session is designed to provide an overview of the actual operation of a dispute board, the issues that can arise and how the DAAB can be effective in helping the parties to resolve their disputes, but avoid disputes in the first place.
12.45 – 14.15Lunch
14.15 – 15.45Session 3: Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Clauses in FIDIC Contracts
Disputes have always featured in construction projects, but today’s cost sensitive clients demand that the parties focus on project success and effectively avoid disputes and resolve unavoidable disputes efficiently. This session will provide an insightful perspective on this trend and will offer an overview of its impact on the dispute management tools and techniques provided for under the 2017 FIDIC Conditions.
15.45 – 16.15Coffee break
16.15 – 17.45Session 4: the ICC Emergency Arbitrator in Construction Disputes
The ICC Arbitration Rules offer a procedure for parties to seek urgent temporary relief, usually within 15 days. This procedure offers a short-term solution for parties that are unable to wait for the constitution of an Arbitral Tribunal and is often used in construction cases, raising considerable interest among international arbitration practitioners as an attractive option. This panel will explore how this emergency arbitrator procedure is funtioning and the ICC jurisprudence on construction disputes (including compatibility of DAB clauses with EA proceedings, urgency and other requirements applied in the context of requests for injuctions preventing the calling of performance bonds).
17.45 – 19.00 Cocktail reception
DAY 2: Friday 21 September 2018
09.00 – 09.10Welcome by co-chairs
09.10 – 10.45Session 5: Contract and Claims Administration in FIDIC contracts
This session will discuss ways to try to avoid claims arising in the first place but then, if they do arise, how best to present claims under the FIDIC form with particular reference to/
– The enhanced claims provisions in the new suite
– The role of the Engineer
– The requirements for notices of claim and the time bar provisions
– How best to prevent claims from becoming disputes
10.45 – 11.15Coffee break
11.15 – 12.45Session 6: Liability Issues During the Life of the Project in Construction Disputes
– Global Cliams
– Liquidated Damages
– Limitation Periods and Waivers of Right
– Exceptional Circumstances and Force Majeure in Construction Contracts: New Developements?
– Third Party Liability: Guarantors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, Agents, Funders, and/or Insurers
12.45 – 14.15Lunch
14.15 – 15.45Session 7: Enforcement of DAB decisions and Arbitral Awards in CIS countries and Caucasus region
Recent updates. Enforcement and enforceability of DAB decisions by arbitral tribunals (by way of interim/partial awards etc.) in different jusridictions; statistics on how often DAB decisions are upheld/overturned arbitration, and raise conclusions about their efficiency and usefulness.
15.45 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.45Session 8: A Particular Focus on the One Belt Road Initiative and the construction projects in CIS countries and Caucasus region
– How can standard contracts play a role?
– From the contract and arbitration perspectives
– New ICC initiative
17.45 – 18.00Closing of the Conference

Conference speakers

Ellis BakerHead of Construction & Engineering Practice Group, White & Case, United Kingdom
David BrownPartner, Clyde & Co., France; Council Member, Institute of World Business Law; FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators
Philippe CavalierosPartner, Simmons & Simmons LLP, France
Valéry Denoix de Saint MarcPartner, August Debouzy, France
Ziva FilipicManaging Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Karen GoughBarrister and Arbitrator, Member of 39 Essex Chambers, United Kingdom
Nick GvinadzeManaging Partner, Gvinadze & Partners LLC, Georgia
Levent IrmakFounder and Managing Partner, MC2 Modern Construction Consulting, Turkey; Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)
Eva KalninaCounsel, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland
Daduna KokhreidzePresident, Association of Consulting Engineers Georgia; Partner, Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners, Georgia
Alina LeoveanuManager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris
Aisha NadarSenior Consultant, Procurement Management and Dispute Resolution, Advokatfirman Runeland, Sweden; Member, FIDIC Executive Committee adn Chair of Procurement Policy Sub-Committee
Luminita PopaManaging Partner, Suciu Popa Attorneys, Romania
Mark RoePartner, Head of International Arbitration, Pinsent Masons LLP, United Kingdom
Guillaume SauvagetPartner, PS Consulting, France
Christopher R. SeppäläPartner, White & Case LLP, France; FIDIC’s Observer, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Legal Advisor, Contracts Committee, FIDIC
Wei SunPartner, Beijing Zhong Lun Law Firm; Secreatry General, Permanent Forum of China Construction Law, China
Simon WorleyB Eng (Hons), Chartered Engineer; Member, FIDIC Sub-Contract Task Group, United Kingdom

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 20-21 September 2018
Venue: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, 1 Rose Revolution Square, Tbilisi, Georgia
Registration feesICC FIDIC Conference
Early bird until 15 June 2018: 549 €
ICC members: 639 €
Non-members: 799 €
Registration fees include all conference documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and a cocktail reception.
Special discountsGroup rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.
In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.
Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
How to registerRegistration will open in due course.
Travel and accommodation Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fee. ICC has however negociated preferential room rates with the hotel Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel. The complete information will be sent upon registration enabling participants to make their reservations directly.
Working languageEnglish
Credits and hoursICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York ‘s approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is an accredited CPD provider by the Bar Standards Board of Englandand Wales.
French Bars: This training will be sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for reimbursement from 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 Monday 20 August 2018. 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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