ICC Institute Training for Tribunal Secretaries

Paris, France, • English

During the first Paris Arbitration Week, the ICC Institute of World Business Law launches its brand-new, one day training for tribunal secretaries.


As part of the first Paris Arbitration Week, the ICC Institute of World Business Law is pleased to launch its brand-new in-depth Tribunal Secretaries training.

Aimed at legal professionals, this one day training explains the roles and tasks of a tribunal secretary and the skills necessary to excel in this function.


Wednesday 26 April 2017

09.00-09.10Welcoming remarks
09.10-09.30Introductory remarks
– Introduction on the benefits a tribunal secretary can provide to the arbitration proceedings
– Introduction to the controversies regarding the role of tribunal secretaries
– Overview of the training programme
09.30-10.10I. What is expected from a tribunal secretary?
– The perspective of arbitrators/parties/ICC on the role of the tribunal secretary and nature of his/her tasks
– How a tribunal secretary can be helpful/main advantages to the arbitration proceedings in their perspective?
10.10-10.30Q&A session
10.30-10.50II. The appointment of tribunal secretaries
– In which type of cases would the appointment of a tribunal secretary be helpful? In all instances? Should this depend on the complexity of the case or the amount in dispute?
– Who should act as a tribunal secretary? (Junior lawyer/experienced lawyer/paralegal?)
– Statement of Independence and Impartiality (ICC Note on the Appointment, Duties and Remuneration of Administrative Secretaries/IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest in International Arbitration)
– Remuneration of the tribunal secretary (Comparison with other institutions and ad hoc arbitration)
– Objections by the parties to the appointment of tribunal secretaries and decision by the arbitral tribunal
10.50-11.00Q&A session
11.00-11.15Coffee break
11.15-11.45III. Overview of the tribunal secretary’s tasks and role in the organization of the proceedings
Nature of the tasks: administrative nature?
– Analysis of the main administrative tasks pertaining to the tribunal secretary
– Analysis of the main non-administrative tasks pertaining to the tribunal secretary
– The taks in which the tribunal secretary should not be involved and reasons for such limitation
– The specificity of ICSID proceedings
11.45-12.00Q&A session
 12.00-12.45IV. The support provided by tribunal secretaries from receipt of the case file until the signature of the terms of reference
– The first contacts with the parties
– Drafting the Terms of Reference (ToR) pursuant to Article 23 of the ICC Rules
– Drafting the Procedural Rules (usually Procedural Order No. 1, “PO 1”)
– Preparation of the Case Management Conference (Art. 24 of the ICC Rules)
12.45-13.00 Q&A session
14.30-16.00V. The support provided by tribunal secretaries from the signature of the terms of reference until the evidentiary hearing
14.30-14.50Procedural aspects
– Issues relating to bifurcation, interim measures, provisional measures: inform arbitral tribunal and prepare procedural orders under the tribunal’s direction and supervision
– Document production requests: provide copies of relevant documents to the president of the tribunal, attend/follow deliberations in this regard, and prepare draft decision in the Redfern Schedule under the tribunal’s direction, control and supervision
– Preparation of pre-hearing conference
– Preparation for the evidentiary hearing
– Role during the Hearing
14.50-15.00Q&A session
15.00-15.45Technological aspects
– Creation, organization and transmission of electronic files in order to facilitate the organization of the proceedings
– Cyber-security
– Technical aspects of eDisclosure
15.45-16.00Q&A session
16.00-16.30Coffee break
16.30-17.15VI. The award
– The role of the tribunal secretary in the deliberations
– The role of the tribunal secretary in the drafting of the award
– Requests for correction/interpretation: draft addendum/decision and liaise with ICC Secretariat
17.15-17.30Q&A session
17.30-17.45Closing remarks


Yves DerainsFounding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law Paris; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Rahul DondeSenior Associate, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Ziva FilipicCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Julien FouretPartner, Betto Seraglini, France; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Christine GuerrierVice President, Disputes Resolution & Litigation, Thales, France; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Laurent JaegerPartner, Orrick, France; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Ana Paula MontansAssociate, Derains & Gharavi, France
Erik ShäferPartner, Cohausz & Florack, Germany; Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR; Co-Chairman, ICC Task Force on IT in Arbitration; Past Co-Chairman, ICC Task Force on Guidelines for ICC Expertise Proceedings; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Catherine SchroederCounsel, Derains & Gharavi, France
Ana Serra e MouraCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Pierre TercierIndependent Arbitrator, Switzerland; Professor Emeritus, Fribourg University; Honorary President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Thomas WebsterIndependent lawyer & Arbitrator, United Kingdom

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 26 April 2017

Venue: ICC Hearing Centre, 10 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris

Registration feesThe registration fee covers all training activities*, including documentation, lunch and coffee breaks. Travel and hotel expenses are not included. *subject to last minute changes and modification by the organizers.

Early Bird rate until 3 March 2017: €425 (€510 incl. VAT)

After 3 March 2017:
ICC members: €500 (€600 incl. VAT)
Non-members: €625 (€750 incl. VAT)

Special discounts
ICC Members may benefit from an extra 5% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.
Group rates : Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.

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 Paris , with which ICC has negotiated preferential room rates, will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration.

 VisaWe are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration online.
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 England and 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 Friday 24 March 2017. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.
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This training is fully booked. To be added to the waiting list, contact events@iccwbo.org.

For further information, please contact

  • Katharine Bernet
  • +33 1 49 53 28 91
  • Programme and logistics
  • Mouna El Jabri
  • +33 1 49 53 28 67
  • Registration issues