Young Arbitration and ADR Forum (YAAF)

Register now to benefit from 4th Global YAF Conference early-bird fee

  • 21 May 2013
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The full programme of a unique conference uniting all of ICC’s Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) chapters is now available on the ICC website. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to take advantage of an early bird rate that ends 22 May.

Set to take place in New York from 27-29 June 2013, ICC’s young arbitrators’ event of the year provides a rare opportunity for young arbitrators to share experiences and ideas with fellow practitioners from around the world. 

“The 2013 ICC Global YAF is shaping up to be one of this year’s best events, with a truly diverse range of speakers and thought provoking issues (oh… and social events). Pack your arbitration bags for the Big Apple,” said James Morrison, Senior Associate, Allens Linklaters, Sydney ; Former Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

The dynamic programme offers a highly interactive event experience and features purposefully provocative sessions conducted by a geographically diverse selection of speakers and moderators. Speakers based in approximately 30 countries comprise 30 nationalities.

The 4th Global YAF Conference gets underway on Thursday 27 June with a welcome cocktail hosted by Baker & McKenzie.

On Friday 28 June, an opening address on fostering legitimacy in international arbitration will be followed by a debate among state representatives, investors, arbitration practitioners and academics on some of the criticisms and controversial topics concerning the state of affairs in the investment arbitration system. Delegates will also have a chance to participate in a series of topical debates conducted using the World Café method to spur creative conversation. The day will conclude with a roundtable on pertinent topics, giving the regional perspectives of a diverse international group of arbitration practitioners.

Saturday 29 June offers participants a choice between a workshop on how to communicate effectively in cross-cultural settings and another on calculating damages in international arbitration.

The conference comes to a close with a keynote address examining the appointment of young or younger arbitrators.

“I cannot think of a better forum for young practitioners from all horizons to come together and debate the present and future of international arbitration. I very much look forward to discussing issues of legitimacy with the YAF delegates, whose actions will have such a role to play in that respect in years to come,” said Salim Moollan of Essex Court Chambers, London and Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Hosted by the New York University School of Law, the conference is designed to ensure optimal networking time through a range of social activities. These include a guided visit of New York’s famed Guggenheim Museum, dinner at a traditional brewery and an excursion to the city’s new Highline Park, built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side.

Open to both YAF and non-YAF members alike, the conference is aimed at arbitration and dispute resolution practitioners approximately 40 years of age and under, including counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel and academics of any nationality.

Early bird registration for the conference is available until tomorrow only and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.