15Feb 19

ICC Turkey Arbitration Day 2019

Istanbul, Turkey, • English

Jointly organized by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and ICC Turkey, in cooperation with TOBB, this conference will provide the participants with the updates on the latest trends in ICC arbitration.


The conference aims to contribute to the development of international commercial and investment arbitration in Turkey, to promote Istanbul as a place for arbitration and alternative dispute resolution as well as the work of Turkish arbitration practitioners both on the domestic and international levels.

Who should attend?

Practicing lawyers





Corporate counsel

In-house Counsels from Chambers

LLM and PhD students


08:30 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 09:10Opening Address: ICC and ICC Turkey Representatives
09:10 – 10:30Panel 1: ICC: A Centenary of Landmark Contributions to International Institutional Arbitration


Speakers from ICC Court and Secretariat will discuss the significant role played by the ICC over the past decades in shaping best practices in international arbitration and sustaining the attractiveness of arbitration as a fair, neutral and efficient method of dispute resolution. Furthermore, the panellists will share with the audience the features of ICC arbitration and the latest statistics reflecting the cases relevant to Turkey, and confirming the role of the ICC as the preferred international arbitration institution in Turkey.


A highlight will be shed on the new Rules of ICC as Appointing Authority and the role of the ICC Court acting as appointing authority in cases based on ad-hoc or UNCITRAL clauses, and how such role contributes to sustain efficiency and due process in the arbitration proceedings.



Bennar Aydoğdu



Alexander Fessas

Simel Sarıalioğlu

Aslı Yılmaz


10:30 – 11:10Official Keynote Speeches:

M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President of TOBB and Chair of ICC Turkey

Alexis Mourre, President of ICC International Court of Arbitration

HE Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Trade


11:10 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00Panel 2: Users’ Perspective on Arbitration as an Effective Dispute Resolution Mechanism


A roundtable of in-house counsel lawyers will discuss their views on arbitration as dispute resolution mechanism vs litigation. What are the expectations and concerns that can be addressed to have arbitration as an enhanced and more effective dispute resolution mechanism for users? Furthermore, this panel will discuss the crucial role that can be played by in-house counsels to ensure a cost efficient management of the arbitration proceedings.



Karl Hennessee



Kaan Aksu

Senem Özyavuz

Celal Savaş

Dr. Süleyman Talaş



13:00 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:15Panel 3: The Role of the Judiciary in Turkey’s Today Arbitration Landscape


What role is expected from the judiciary courts to enhance the perception of Turkey as an arbitration friendly hub in the region?


What is the stance of the Court of Cassation with respect to arbitration and the legislative developments in relation to arbitration?



Prof. Dr. Ercüment Erdem



Dr. Adem Aslan

Abdullah Yaman

Prof. Dr. Korkut Özkorkut

15:15 – 15:45Coffee break
15:45 – 16:55Panel 4: Evidentiary Proceedings in International Arbitration: An Overview of the Recent Developments


This panel will present a practical and insightful analysis of the challenging co-existence of common law and civil law approaches in international arbitrations, mainly in those featuring arbitrators and counsels from diverse legal backgrounds.


Topical discussions will include the procedural soft law and its increasingly important role today in international arbitrations (whether institutional or ad hoc). On this occasion, the panellists will  provide an overview of the IBA Guidelines on Evidence  and the Prague Rules and the guidelines therein with respect to conducting the evidentiary proceedings in international arbitration (document production, scope of discovery, the witness cross examination etc.)



Dr. İsmail Esin



Tuvan Yalım

Dr. Markus MeierMelis Acuner

16:55 – 17:00Closing Address

Sami Houerbi

17:00 – 18:00Networking Cocktail


Melis AcunerPartner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, UK
Kaan AksuChief Legal Counsel (Foreign Legal Affairs),  ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş., Turkey
Dr. Adem AslanMember of the11th Civil Chamber, Court of Cassation, Turkey
Bennar AydoğduFounder, BennArb Law Firm; ICC Court Member; Co-Chair of ICC Turkey Arbitration Commission, Turkey
Ercüment ErdemSenior Partner, Erdem & Erdem Law Office; ICC Court Member, Turkey
İsmail EsinPartner, Esin Attorney Partnership, Turkey
Alexander FessasSecretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, France
Karl HennesseeSenior Vice President, Airbus Group; ICC DRS Governing Body Chairman,  France
Rifat HisarcıklıoğluPresident, TOBB; Chair of ICC, Turkey
Sami HouerbiDirector, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle-East & Africa, ICC Dispute Resolution Services,  UAE, Tunisia

Founding Partner, Houerbi Law Firm, Tunisia, France

Markus MeierPartner, Hengeler Mueller,  Germany
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration,  France
Korkut ÖzkorkutProfessor, Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences; Co-Chair of ICC Turkey Arbitration Commission, Turkey
Senem ÖzyavuzLegal Director, Türk Telekom,  Turkey
HE Ruhsar PekcanMinister of Trade, Turkey
Simel SarıalioğluCounsel, Paksoy; ICC YAF Turkey Representative, Turkey
Celal SavaşChief Legal Officer, Socar, Turkey
Süleyman TalaşGeneral Counsel, TRT World, Turkey
Tuvan YalımPartner, Kabine Law Firm, Turkey
Abdullah YamanMember of the19th Civil Chamber, Court of Cassation, Turkey
Aslı YılmazCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, France

Logistical notes


Wyndham Grand İstanbul Levent Hotel

Esentepe Mah. Büyükdere Cad.No:177-183 Şişli-İstanbul 34394


Please kindly fill in the registration form latest by 11 February 2019.

For more information, please contact:

  • ICC Turkey
  • Fax: +90 0.312.219 42 58 Tel: +90 312 219 4254 (55-56-57)

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