ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators Washington

Washington DC, United States, • English

This advanced level training will provide participants with an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into some of the provisions of the ICC Rules of Arbitration while learning about the latest developments and best practices related to serving as an international arbitrator.



As the practice area of international commercial arbitration has flourished within the last decade, the ICC Institute of World Business Law proposes its Masterclass for individuals interested in serving as international arbitrators. The condensed format, as well as the reasonable pricing of this two and half day training, makes it convenient and practical for working professionals.

This ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators will provide participants with an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into some of the new provisions of the ICC Rules of Arbitration while learning about the latest developments and best practices related to serving as an international arbitrator.

In keeping with its commitment to excellence, ICC has recruited some of the world’s leading practitioners and scholars as lecturers for this important event. Participants will have the rare opportunity to learn firsthand from them and to develop helpful contacts with arbitration practitioners from around the world. The course will consist of presentations and interactive discussions using mock cases designed to hone participants’ understanding of critical theoretical concepts while also emphasizing many practical aspects involved in conducting an international arbitration.

The purpose of this course is to provide training with respect to serving as an arbitrator. Completion of the course will not result in students being awarded any type of certification or accreditation by ICC in terms of their fitness to serve as international arbitrators.

Who should attend

  • Practitioners who have a significant experience in international commercial arbitration as counsel but who have little or no experience as arbitrators
  • Arbitrators wishing to reinforce their knowledge may also participate
  • Attendees are expected to have already mastered the essentials of arbitral proceedings and ICC Arbitration as these will not be reviewed during the Masterclass

Please note that a Curriculum Vitae is requested upon registration as candidates will be accepted depending on their experience


Monday 13 March 2017Registration and welcome breakfast 08:00 – 09:00

MORNING SESSIONS 09:00 – 12:30

Constitution of the arbitral tribunal

The appointment of arbitrators starts with a selection process often involving various issues such as the interview process, the initial disclosures and conflict checks. How should a potential arbitrator deal with these issues? What do the concepts of impartiality and independence require in concrete terms and what types and level of disclosure are required? How is the chairman selected by the co-arbitrators? The sensitive issue of the arbitrator’s fees and expenses, notably institutional arbitration vs. ad hoc, will also be discussed.

Mock cases and debate

This session will feature short mock cases designed to hone participants’ understanding of critical theoretical concepts while also emphasizing many practical aspects involved in the appointment of arbitrators: “In such a case, what would you do?”

Establishing your authority over the parties and the framework for the arbitration

The arbitrator must establish his or her authority at the outset and create a suitable framework for the arbitration. This may pose particular challenges for young arbitrators or arbitrators dealing with experienced attorneys. Participants will learn manners of setting out the rules of the process at the very beginning and how to deal with issues related to the characteristics or behaviour of the parties, such as cultural differences, recalcitrant parties or how to maintain a level playing field in order to create a balance between the parties and the temptation of helping the less experienced/weaker party.

Mock cases and debate

Lunch 12:30 – 14:15


Conduct of the proceedings and case management techniques

This session will focus on the general administrative, as well as critical procedural matters that arbitrators and parties have to deal with in order to establish an orderly and efficient process. These include issues related to jurisdiction, terms of reference, the governing law and procedural rules, multiparty arbitrations, interim measures, standards of evidence, discovery and many more. Participants will also be provided with several demonstrations on the different case management techniques available for controlling time and costs.

Questions and answers

Conducting hearings

Conducting hearings in an efficient and fair fashion is one of the most critical and challenging tasks faced by arbitrators. Because an arbitrator is not a judicial officer with state sanctioned authority to hold parties and advocates in contempt, maintaining control and decorum may pose a significant challenge for arbitrators. The experienced lecturer will share his insights notably on the questioning of witnesses or attorneys by arbitrators, deciding whether to request additional evidence not provided by the parties and evaluating the need to appoint an expert.

Mock cases and debate

Welcome cocktail 18:00 – 19:30

Tuesday 14 March 2017MORNING SESSIONS 09:00 – 12:30

Relations between arbitrators – Part 1

– Pathological behaviour of party appointed arbitrators
– Dissenting opinions and truncated tribunals
– Role of the chairman

Questions and answers

Relations between arbitrators – Part 2: Mock arbitral tribunal

Several demonstrations with a mock arbitral tribunal will be presented to explore and give a practical insight into the following issues: consultation with co-arbitrators before and during the hearing; getting along with your co-arbitrators; trying to build consensus; dealing with conflicting personalities or styles; dealing with perceived bias or other perceived inability to properly function.

Debate on the mock arbitral tribunal

Lunch 12:30 – 14:15


Drafting enforceable awards

Participants will learn the general guidelines and best practices pertaining to what can be referred to as the most prominent duty of an arbitrator. Accordingly, the session will focus on the procedural as well as formal requirements, and cover the issue of the necessary substantive accuracy of the award.

Questions and answers

Working groups

Participants will be given the opportunity to study a draft award before scrutiny by the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Each working group will be responsible for reviewing the award and will make its comments as if it were a Counsel of the ICC Court of Arbitration Secretariat.

Mock Court session: scrutiny of awards by the ICC International Court of Arbitration and debate

This is an opportunity for participants to witness the type of discussions that are held between members of the Court and representatives of the ICC Secretariat when reviewing a draft award. The parties to this mock court session will debate on the draft award reviewed by the working groups.

Wednesday 15 March 2017MORNING SESSIONS 09:00 – 13:10

Decisions as to the costs of the arbitration

The arbitral tribunal has the difficult mandatory duty to evaluate and fix the costs of the arbitration in the final award and decide in what proportion they shall be borne by the parties pursuant to article 37 of the ICC Rules. Such costs include the fees and expenses of any experts appointed by the arbitral tribunal and the reasonable legal and other costs incurred by the parties for the arbitration. Participants will benefit from the precious advice of a learned practitioner on how to make such decisions.

Questions and answers

Challenge and replacement of arbitrators

This session will focus on the different procedures applicable to the challenge and replacement of Arbitrators notably under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, but also before National Courts. The concepts of impartiality and independence will be largely discussed.

Questions and answers

Arbitrator immunity

As in many legal endeavours, the world of arbitration involves issues related to an arbitrator’s legal exposure. The faculty will discuss the nature and extent of arbitrator immunity and provide suggestions on what an arbitrator should do if he or she gets sued. The discussion will also touch upon matters relating to potential unauthorized practice of law issues.

Questions and answers

The ICC 2012 rules of arbitration’s emergency arbitrator provisions

Participants will benefit from a comprehensive presentation of these provisions, providing parties with potential emergency relief prior to the arbitral tribunal’s receipt of case. The main questions why? when? who? will be addressed. Practitioners will present the general characteristics of the emergency arbitrator provisions and share their experience.

Expedited Rules

Questions and answers

Concluding remarks



Yves Derains Founding Partner Derains & Gharavi Paris; Chairman ICC Institute of World Business Law


Arif H. Ali Co-chair of International Arbitration practice Dechert LLP Washington D.C. United States of America
Mark Beckett Partner Cooley LLP New York United States of America
Andrea Carlevaris Secretary General ICC International Court of Arbitration Director ICC Dispute Resolution Services Paris
Stephanie Cohen Independent Arbitrator New York United States of America
Rocío Digón Managing Director and Counsel ICC International Court of Arbitration SICANA Inc. New York
Donald Francis Donovan Partner Debevoise & Plimpton New York United States of America
Horacio Grigera Naón Independent Arbitrator Washington D.C. United States of America; Council Member ICC Institute of World Business Law; Former Secretary General ICC International Court of Arbitration
Grant Hanessian Partner Baker & McKenzie New York United States of America; Court Member ICC International Court of Arbitration
Hilary Heilbron QC Barrister International Arbitrator Brick Court Chambers Barristers United Kingdom
Colm O’Hoisin SC Senior Counsel Ireland; Court Member ICC International Court of Arbitration
Jan Paulsson Professor of Law University of Miami Miami United States of America
Michael Young QC Partner Allen & Overy LLP France; Vice-President ICC Court of Arbitration
Anne Marie Whitesell Professor LL.M. Program and Faculty Director Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Professor of Law Georgetown University Law Center Washington D.C. United States of America; Former Secretary General ICC International Court of Arbitration

Logistical notes

Registration feesThe registration fee includes all conference documentation, coffee breaks and lunches. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

Early bird rate until 17 February 2017: $1499

After 17 February 2017:
ICC members: $1712
Non-members: $2140

Special discounts

ICC Members may benefit from an extra 5% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.

Dates and venueMonday 13 March – Wednesday 15 March 2017

Dechert LLP
1900 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1110

Travel and accommodationParticipants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

We are only able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application once we have received your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

Working languageEnglish
Credits and hoursICC is eligible for CLE credit under New York’s approved jurisdiction procedures, and is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

19.5 CLE credits and 16 MLCE credits available.

Cancellation policy50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 24 February 2017. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC 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 note that ICC 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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ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators Washington

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