08Jun 18

ICC YAF North America Regional Conference

Montreal, Canada, • English

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) invites you to attend its North America Regional Conference, generously hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.


The first ICC YAF Regional Conference to be held in Canada, the programme will feature an interactive set of panels discussing timely issues in international dispute resolution followed by an evening social programme allowing for excellent networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years or under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics. The ICC YAF Conference is an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and to enrich their network in the region.


08:30-09:00Registration and Breakfast
09:00-09:20Welcome Remarks
09:20-09:50Keynote Speech given by The Honourable L. Yves Fortier:

Reflections on the 60th anniversary of the New York Convention and the Evolution of International Arbitration

09:50-11:10The Unbearable Weightiness of NAFTA-ing

The status of NAFTA is changing with every new day.  This panel will examine the current state of negotiations, the impact of NAFTA renegotiations on the future of ISDS and the spillover effect on international commercial arbitration.

11:10-11:30Coffee Break
11:30-12:45WTF (Weighing the Factors) in TPF (Third Party Funding) !!

This session will demystify the mechanics and nuts and bolts of a third-party funding agreement from start to finish. The panelists will share practical advice and delve into issues that counsel, funders and claimants should consider when drafting and entering into a third party funding agreement.

12:45-14:45Lunch featuring a Luncheon Speech: Being Conscious of Unconscious Bias

Efforts toward diversity and equal opportunity are no strangers to the international arbitration community.  Unconscious bias is cited as a silent but powerful influence that hinders progress on this front.  The speech will illuminate how the players in international arbitration can identify and overcome such biases so that every stakeholder can best fulfil their responsibilities to clients, colleagues, and the system.

14:45-16:45 I(A), Robot: Decoding Technology in International Arbitration

          Cybersecurity/Data Security

•          Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

•          Artificial Intelligence/Legal Tech

The topics above appear frequently in headlines, not just in Gizmodo or TechCrunch, but also on Law 360 and Global Arbitration Review.  This last session will engage participants in a discussion on the world of tech in IA, led by experts in each respective field.  Participants will break out into working groups to discuss questions relating to the concepts, inherent risks, and potential opportunities associated with evolving technology, facilitated by ICC YAF Representatives for North America.  The session will conclude with an open forum discussion.

16:45-17:00Closing Remarks
18:00Drinks Reception – Le Local


Pierre BienvenuGlobal Co-Head of International Arbitration, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Montreal
Elizabeth BaltzanPrincipal, American Phoenix Trade Advisory Services PLLC, Washington, DC
Louise BarringtonChartered Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Place, Toronto
 Stephanie CohenIndependent Arbitrator, New York
Amy EndicottAssociate, Arnold & Porter, San Francisco
Alison FitzgeraldOf Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright, Ottawa
L. Yves Fortier QCIndependent Arbitrator, Montreal
Susanna KamCounsel, Trade Law Bureau, Global Affairs Canada, , Ottawa
Marek KrasulaCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York
Floriane LavaudAssociate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
John LazarDirector, Underwriting and Investment, Burford Capital, New York
Soeun (Nikole) LeeDeputy Director, ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York
Seth MeyerAssociate, Keller Lenkner LLC, Chicago
Alejandro Minor CastilloCounsel, Pemex, Mexico City
Alexandra MitretodisAssociate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Vancouver
Eric MorganAssociate, Litigation, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
Geoff MoysaInvestment Manager, Legal Counsel, Bentham IMF, Toronto
Charles RosenbergAssociate, White & Case LLP, Washington, DC
Amy ter HaarPresident, Integra Ledger; Board Member, Blockchain Canada, Toronto
Andrew TuckPartner, Alston & Bird, Atlanta
Albert YoonCo-Founder, Blue J Legal, Toronto

Logistical notes

Conference Venue:

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Suite 2500, 1 Place Ville Marie
H3B 1R1

Social Event Venue

Le Local – Restaurant in Old Town
740 Rue William
Montréal, QC


For more information, please contact

  • J. Mehr Kaur
  • 646-699-5702
  • Promotion Officer

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