Brazil events put dispute resolution in the spotlight

  • 2 April 2014
ICC Court

ICC has opened registration for two events in May that are set to bring leading practitioners together in Sao Paulo for enlightenment on key issues and developments in the world of dispute resolution.

With a special focus on Brazilian practice and experiences, ICC’s Brazilian Arbitration Day on 14 May will feature the Brazilian Launch of the 2014 ICC Mediation Rules and will be followed by the debut in Brazil of the ICC Institute of World Business Law’s Masterclass for Arbitrators.

“Brazil’s economic growth has led to an increase in the number of often complex and sophisticated commercial transactions and the establishment of a solid dispute resolution culture,” said Jose Ricardo Feris, Deputy Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. “ICC’s unrivalled experience and state-of-the-art dispute resolution rules and practices are ideally suited to the needs of Brazilian businesses. This is why in recent years Brazilian parties have continued to rank among the top four users of ICC Arbitration worldwide.”

Taking a look at the current state of corporate arbitration in Brazil, Arbitration Day topics will include an overview of current problems and solutions; recent experience in emergency arbitrator proceedings; and a discussion on using the evidence of experts. A panel on mediation will also provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2014 ICC Mediation Rules, canvassing the reasons to choose mediation, how to start and conduct mediation proceedings, and how to find the right person for your dispute.

Jose Emilio Nunes Pinto, Vice-President of the Court and Founding partner, José Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogados, Brazil said: “We are bringing ICC expertise to Brazil with a programme tailored to the interests of practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, academics and other professional interested in international arbitration in Brazil and Latin America.”

Featuring leading arbitration experts and mock cases as the basis of discussions, ICC’s Masterclass for Arbitrators on 15-17 May will give experienced practitioners a chance to come up-to-speed with the latest developments and best practices in the rapidly growing field of corporate arbitration and provide networking opportunities with arbitration practitioners from around the world.

“ICC is committed to excellence and has recruited some of the world’s top practitioners and scholars to help participants hone their understanding of crucial theoretical concepts while covering the practicalities of conducting an international arbitration,” said Yves Derains, President of the Institute of World Business Law and Founding Partner of Derains & Gharavi, Paris.

Topics of the two-and-a-half-day training include how to establish authority over the parties and determine a framework for the process, critical procedural matters such as jurisdiction, as well as sensitive issues such as the fixing of costs and the arbitrator’s legal exposure to being sued.

The masterclass is designed for practitioners who have significant experience as counsel in international commercial arbitration but who have not yet worked as arbitrators, as well as arbitrators who wish to reinforce their knowledge. The masterclass is limited to 60 participants, and a Curriculum Vitae is requested upon registration, as candidates will be accepted depending on their experience. Early registration is advised to avoid disappointment. Both the conference and the masterclass will be held in English and Portuguese, with simultaneous translation.

ICC is offering a 15 % discount on the masterclass registration fee for any participants wishing to attend both events. Use the code “PDB-0996” when registering to benefit from the offer.

ICC thanks event sponsors Demarest, Lilla, Huck Otranto, Camargo, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.