International legal minds put skills through paces at ICC advanced-level arbitration training

  • 4 October 2013
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Some of the most complex procedural matters of arbitration were put under the microscope at a popular ICC advanced-level training which concluded yesterday in Paris.

ICC PIDA participants at the ICC Hearing centre
ICC PIDA participants at the ICC Hearing centre

The four-day international commercial arbitration training – known as PIDA – was held at the ICC Hearing centre and set out to reinforce participant’s understanding and first-hand experience of the ICC Arbitration procedure under the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration.

“This training takes place at a significant point in time for the Court as we celebrate our 90th anniversary,” said International Court of Arbitration Secretary General Andrea Carlevaris, in his welcome remarks to participants.

The training was one of the first programmes to be put in place by the ICC Institute of World Business Law and sets out to educate and train practitioners by means of an effective interactive experience, in lieu of a series of lectures. The programme was originally intended to run for 10 years but over 25 years later, the trainings are proving more popular than ever.

Chairing the training, Vice-Chair of the Institute and Vice-President of the International Court of Arbitration Chairman Eric Schwartz, who is Partner at King & Spalding, New York and Paris, said: “Drawing on ICC’s 90-year experience of administering arbitration, the mock case used in the training helps us to keep the focus on procedural issues and the related tactical and strategic considerations that counsel and parties may face when a dispute goes to arbitration.”

The sold out event attracted 42 participants and 15 speakers from 28 countries, including Argentina, El Salvador, Guinea Bissau and South Korea. They comprised practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, magistrates, academics and dispute resolution experts all aiming to enhance their practical knowledge and share views with international practitioners.

German law firm attorney Anna Engelhard-Barfield, was one such participant. “This is a truly international environment and I’ve interacted with participants from Australia, Cameroon, Egypt, Philippines as well as Europeans. I like the combination of both training sessions and small working groups, which allow time to interact, ask more detailed questions and delve deeper into issues,” she said:

Fabrizio Maria Prandi, Partner at Studio Legale Prandi, Italy, said: “In the brainstorming activity it was interesting to see the different interpretations of participants depending on their personal and professional experience. What I personally found most attractive and interesting about the training was the mock-case session.”

A practical case-study approach and role-plays are used to address a series of situations that arise during complex arbitral proceedings imparting on participants the expertise and competences needed to prepare for an arbitral proceedings under the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration. This includes drafting the request and the answer, preparing witnesses, and simulating an arbitral hearing.

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