ICC Institute training on the conduct of the proceedings and case management

San Francisco, United States, • English

This training is of an advanced level and will focus in depth on how the arbitrator should establish his or her authority over the parties throughout the proceedings, including hearings, and interact with his or her fellow-arbitrators.


This training is of an advanced level and will focus in depth on how the arbitrator should establish his or her authority over the parties throughout the proceedings, including hearings, and interact with his or her fellow-arbitrators. Attendees are expected to have mastered the basics of ICC international commercial arbitration. The training will consist of presentations and interactive discussions using mock case scenarios designed to hone participants’ understanding of critical theoretical concepts while also emphasizing many practical aspects involved in conducting an international arbitration.

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academics
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration


MONDAY 1 May 2017

Cocktail reception (18.30) generously hosted by DLA Piper

TUESDAY 2 May 2017

MORNING (09.30-13.15)

Welcoming address and introduction

Active case management techniques

From the very outset of the arbitration, the tribunal has to actively assist the parties in organizing and streamlining the conduct of the proceedings. During this session, participants will learn and discuss both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint effective case management techniques. These will include issues related to drafting the terms of reference, preparing and conducting case management conferences, and adopting procedural timetables.

Effective management of arbitration: an ICC perspective

During this session participants will be provided with ICC insights and best practices on various active management techniques.

Case scenarios on active case management techniques and debate

Coffee Break (11.30-11.45)

Arbitrators’ authority: scope and limits

The notion of ‘authority of the arbitral tribunal’ is a complex and multifaceted one which plays a key-role in the creation of a suitable framework for the arbitration. It involves both the relationship between the arbitrators as well as the tribunal’s relationship with counsel and raises challenging questions. Among others: how far a dissenting opinion can go and still be effective and appropriate; what is the scope of the tribunal’s authority to sanction counsel’s wrongful conduct; what types of sanctions are available?

Case scenarios on arbitrators’ authority: scope and limits and debate

Lunch (13.15-14.15)

AFTERNOON (14.15 – 17.00)

Allowing additional claims and parties

One of the aspects of the growing complexity of international commercial arbitration cases is the increasing number of arbitrations involving multiplicity of parties, including non-signatory parties, claims and cross-claims, and multi-contract disputes. This session will address the main pitfalls as well as the challenging jurisdictional matters that arbitrators face when confronted with complex arbitrations.

Case scenarios on allowing additional claims and parties and debate

Managing the exchange of information

Obtaining and presenting information is of paramount importance when preparing an international commercial arbitration case. The mission of the arbitral tribunal lies in managing such exchange of information, taking into consideration the different cultural legal approaches of the parties and their counsel and the particular circumstances of each case. Participants will learn how arbitrators should deal with issues such as: the management of electronically stored information; the preservation of the confidentiality of information and related issues of applicable law; protection of trade, technological and commercial secrets; privacy of the arbitral proceedings; and ethical conduct of the parties.

Case scenarios on managing the exchange of information and debate

Concluding Remarks


Henri Alvarez, QC Sole Practitioner, Canada
Cedric ChaoPartner, Co-head of International Arbitration Practice, DLA Piper LLP, San Francisco, United States of America
Maria Chedid Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP, San Francisco, United States of America
Alexander FessasManaging Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Sally Harpole Arbitrator & Mediator, Hong Kong & San Francisco
Grant L. Kim Partner, LimNexus LLP, San Francisco, United States of America
Marek KrasulaCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, SICANA, Inc.
Sophie LambPartner, Co-chair of International Arbitration Practice, Latham & Watkins LLP, United Kingdom
Steven L. SmithPartner, Jones Day, San Franscico, United States of America

Logistical notes


2 May 2017


The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

2 Montgomery Street,

San Francisco, CA 9410

Registration Fees

The registration fee includes all conference documentation, coffee breaks, lunch and cocktail reception. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

Early Bird Rate until 7 April 2017: $552

After 7 April 2017:

ICC Member Rate: $642

Non-member rate: $803

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and registration fees

Special Discounts

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

Travel and accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. Participants can receive a reduced room rate at the Palace Hotel until 10 April. To make a reservation, please use the following link.

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 language



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

7 CLE credits and 6 MLCE credits available.

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 7 April 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 will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


The photos and audiovisual recordings taken at this meeting/event may be used and published by ICC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, for informational or promotional purposes in printed materials or online, including on ICC websites and in social media. Participation in the meeting/event implies agreement to such use of photos or audiovisual recordings in which the participant may appear unless ICC receives written notification to the contrary.

For further information please contact


For further information please contact

  • J. Mehr Kaur
  • Promotion Officer