05:30 – 05:35 P.M. Welcome by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Chairman, Advisory Committee of the Conference
05:35 – 05:40 P.M. Opening Address by Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog
05:40 – 05:50 P.M. Address by Mr. Alexis Mourre, President, ICC
05:50 – 06:05 P.M. Keynote Address by Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Government of India
06:05 – 06:20 P.M. Presidential Address by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T.S. Thakur, Chief Justice of India and Patron-in-Chief of the Conference
06:20 – 06:40 P.M. Chief Guest’s Address by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India
06:40 – 06:45 P.M. Vote of Thanks by Secretary General, Governing Council, ICADR
06:45 P.M. National Anthem
07.30 P.M. onwards Dinner Hosted by NITI Aayog Venue Hotel Hyatt Regency, New Delhi After Dinner Speaker Mr. Fali S. Nariman, Senior Advocate
09:30 – 10:40 A.M. Panel I Theme: Setting up a World-Class Autonomous Arbitration Institution: Looking Beyond Brick and Mortar The session will focus on what goes into setting up a world-class arbitral institution. This will be an interactive session among the people who have played a prime role in placing their arbitral institution on the world map. The speakers will discuss the structuring they followed, its suitability for India, the state support they received and the initiatives they undertook to promote their institution.
10:40 – 11:50 A.M. Panel II Theme: Indian Arbitration Act: The Good, The Not-So-Good and The Unfinished Business This session will essentially be a critique of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and the 2015 Amendments thereto. The session will also discuss the possibilities for expedited dispute resolution procedures for special users/groups.
12:10 – 01:15 P.M. Panel III Theme: Case Management of Arbitration: Dos and Don’ts The session will explore the best practices, including dealing with errant respondents and types of sanctions that can be deployed. The session will also explore the soft laws of arbitration (the IBA Rules on Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration and the IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest and others) including the larger issue of the extent to which courts should give deference to these practices.
02.00 – 03.15 P.M. Panel IV Theme: Court Support for Arbitration in its Three Stages: Before, During and Post Rendering of the Arbitral Award The role of the court differs at different stages. While non-intervention by courts is a fundamental feature of the Indian Act, court support is vital in thwarting attempts to stall the arbitration at various stages and assist in discovery, interim measures, witness examination, etc. At the enforcement stage, the Indian courts now wear three hats (having to apply different tests under Section 34 and Section 48 of the Arbitration Act). The session will also explore how this will work out in practice and what is the right balance that the courts must strike in the interest of justice.
03:15 – 04:30 P.M. Panel V Theme: An Outsider’s Perspective of Arbitrations in India While there are no true ‘outsiders’ in international arbitrations, this session will focus on what eminent international aribtrators have to share on India-seated aribtrations, how developed and emerging jurisdictions have navigated unfamiliar waters and what lessons can usefully be drawn by India.
04:45 – 06:00 P.M. Panel VI Theme: Experience Sharing This session will largely have members from the user community, i.e., corporate leaders and senior government officials who have been in the thick of high level disputes. They will share how arbitrations have worked for them as an ADR mechanism and whether other ADR mechanisms have fared better and if not, then why. They will also share a lay perspective on their expectations from the courts, the State and the arbitration tribunals.
09:30 – 10:45 A.M. Panel VII Theme: The Future of International Arbitration This will be an interactive session with invited Hon’ble Chief Justices from the International Judiciary on strengthening arbitration and the role of the Asia-Pacific region on the same.