8th ICC European Conference on International Arbitration

18-20 Mar 2024

Paris English CNB hours available

Join us for the 8th ICC European Conference on International Arbitration on 18 & 20 March 2024! The Conference will kick off Paris Arbitration Week on Monday 18 March.

 

This year’s theme is “Towards Mutual Gain: Navigating Party Interests in Arbitration” 

Arbitration is widely recognised for ensuring party autonomy, providing procedural flexibility, and delivering efficient resolutions with predictable costs. However, its potential to align with and prioritise parties' interests, a core element of other methods of alternative dispute resolution, remains underexplored. This year’s ICC European conference will explore to what extent arbitration can transcend its traditional role to consider not just the rights but also the broader interests and objectives of the parties involved. Does it have the capacity to shift from a zero-sum game to a more holistic approach that seeks mutually beneficial solutions? 

This is a must-attend event for arbitration professionals wanting to keep pace with the latest arbitral institutional developments and the evolution of arbitration across Europe. Be among our distinguished line-up of speakers, immerse yourself in captivating discussions, and take advantage of exceptional networking opportunities. Be sure not to miss out on this must-attend conference!

 

An ICC Institute of World Business Law Advanced Training on Dispute Boards will take place on 20 March 2024.

 

Who should attend?

  • Practising lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Business professionals and academics from around the world

 

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Conference: Monday 18 March 2024
Training: Wednesday 20 March 2024

Towards Mutual Gain: Navigating Party Interests in Arbitration

 Arbitration is widely recognised for ensuring party autonomy, providing procedural flexibility, and delivering efficient resolutions with predictable costs. However, its potential to align with and prioritise parties' interests, a core element of other methods of alternative dispute resolution, remains underexplored. This year’s ICC European conference will explore to what extent arbitration can transcend its traditional role to consider not just the rights but also the broader interests and objectives of the parties involved. Does it have the capacity to shift from a zero-sum game to a more holistic approach that seeks mutually beneficial solutions?

08.00 – 09.00 

Registration and welcome coffee 

09.00 – 10.00 

Official Opening of Paris Arbitration Week Introduction 

10.00 – 10.20 

Introductory Speech of the 8th ICC European Conference 

  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services 

10.20 – 11.10 

Navigating the global business landscape: unveiling the ICC-Jus Connect-McCann Report on Cross-Cultural Business 

Commissioned by ICC and Jus Connect, this report – a key instalment in the McCann Truth Collection series – sets out findings of a global survey, offering invaluable insights into international business practices. Explore how these insights empower us to adapt to current and future trends, providing a strategic roadmap for navigating the complexities of the ever-evolving global business landscape.  

10.20 – 10.50 Key Report Findings  

10.50 – 11.10 Cross-Cultural Business: Roundtable Discussion 

 

11.10 – 11.40 

Coffee break 

11.40 – 12.30 

Session 1: Beyond the Verdict: Exploring Interest-Based Approaches to Arbitration  

What are the parties’ underlying interests in a dispute, and can they be met within an arbitration? Arbitrators must decide the parties’ dispute within the framework of the law and the requests of the parties. But can and should they do more? What do parties expect from arbitrators and should arbitrators do more than just hear the parties and decide their case?  

From settlement facilitation to making creative use of arbitrations’ inherent flexibility to maximise value, this session will delve into the opportunities and limits of arbitration as a dispute resolution tool when it comes to addressing the interests underlying a parties’ dispute. 

12.30 – 13.00 

Discussion 

13.00 – 14.30 

Lunch 

14.30 – 15.30 

Session 2: Rendering Decisions with Impact: Writing Awards that Meet Parties’ Needs 

This panel discussion will explore what parties seek from an arbitral award and the role of arbitrators in meeting these expectations. While arbitrators are expected to decide disputes in accordance with applicable law, this session will explore the nuances of how they apply the law, any flexibility they may have when doing so, and what more arbitrators can do to provide value through their award. We will examine the legitimate expectations of parties regarding rule-based decisions from arbitrators and discuss the delicate balance between legal precision and commercial practicality in arbitration. 

15.30 – 16.00 

Discussion 

16.00 – 16.10 

Closing Remarks 

16.10 – 17.30 

Meet & Greet with ICC Court Secretariat Representatives 

Join us for an informal networking session where you can connect with ICC Court Secretariat representatives. Grab a drink and enjoy the opportunity to engage in conversations with representatives from the ICC case management teams, regional offices and ICC International Centre for ADR. This is your chance to build valuable connections and gain insights into the workings of the Court! 

ICC Institute of World Business Law Advanced Training on Dispute Boards 

Programme originally developed by: David Brown and Cecilia Misu

A Dispute Board (DB) is a method commonly used in complex long-term projects, from joint ventures to engineering and construction projects. It involves an independent committee established by the parties to the construction contract and are, usually, in place from the commencement of the project.

Our one-day DB training is an intensive program designed to equip participants with the skills and expertise they need to enhance dispute avoidance and become familiar with the Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB) process, so that they can confidently act as a dispute board member and advise or represent their clients establishing the DB and manage ongoing operations for maximum effectiveness.

The training will start with an introductory overview of the origins of the DB process. It will include interactive exercises and business case for their use on projects centered around construction issues.

The training will also address topics such as decision writing and challenges of organizing virtual site visits and hearings.

08:00-09:00

Welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.15

Introduction: Learning objectives 

09.15 – 09.45

General presentation on Dispute Boards and Q&A 

  • Present the key steps for third party dispute resolution 
  • Dispute Resolution policies and procedures before the appointment of a DB. Dispute Resolution strategies, assessment of past experiences with ADR, incorporation of DB provisions, type of DB (recommendation/ resolution; ad-hoc/permanent) 
  • Presenting key aspects of ICC DB Rules and the role of the ICC ADR Centre: appointing DB members, deciding on challenges of DB members, fixing the DB members’ fees, acting as depositary of the funds, and reviewing the decisions of DAB and CDB 

DAB agreement and DAB activities: Data availability, transfer and security, virtual site visits, platform (for data transfer) 

09.45 – 10.05

Dispute Avoidance 

  • From disagreement to dispute 
  • How to prevent disputes 
  • Practical examples 

10.05 – 10.20

Q&A

10.20 – 10.30

Presentation of the Mock Case on Dispute Avoidance 

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break 

11.00 – 12.00

Working Groups on Dispute Avoidance

12.00 – 12.45 

Plenary session: debate and simulation

12.45 – 14.05

Lunch

14.05 – 14.35

Formal Dispute Boards procedure in case of disputes

  • Key steps for third party dispute resolution 
  • Virtual hearings, platform (for data transfer as well as for the hearings) 
  • Differences in cases of ad-hoc/permanent DB (f.i. claims prepared by project members vs. claims prepared by lawyers and Experts) 
  • Witness of fact (written statements?)
  • Evidence of damages incurred 
  • Post hearings statements 

14.35 – 14.45

Q&A

14.45 – 15.05

Presentation of the Mock Case on Dispute Boards procedure 

 15.05 – 15.35

Coffee break

15.35 – 16.35

Working Groups on Dispute Boards procedure

16.35 – 17.20

Plenary session: debate and simulation

17.20 – 17.40 

Enforcement of Dispute Boards conclusions – Presentation

17.40 – 17.50

Q&A 

 17.50 – 18.00 

Concluding remarks

Training 

Confirmed speakers

Lindy Patterson KC (Co-Chair) 

Arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute boards, 39 Essex Chambers, United Kingdom  

Murray Armes 

 Senior Managing Director, Construction Advisory Project Architecture Lead, JS Held, United Kingdom  

Radu Ionescu  

Partner, PMG, Switzerland 

Alya Ladjimi 

Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR, Paris 

Christopher Seppälä 

Independent Arbitrator, Seppälä Arbitration, France 

Conference

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab 

Professor of Law, Cairo University; Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt  

Jean-Remi de Maistre 

CEO and Co-Founder, Jus Mundi, France 

Alexander G. Fessas 

Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services  

Karl Hennessee 

Senior Vice-President, Head of Litigation, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs, Airbus, France 

Ulrich Kopetzki 

Acting Director, Arbitration and ADR, Europe, ICC Dispute Resolution Service 

Claudia Salomon 

President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris 

Nadia Tuma-Weldon 

Head of Luxury Strategy & Insights, McCann Paris, France; Global Head of Thought Leadership, McCann Worldgroup 

Malgorzata Surdek-Janicka 

Independent arbitrator, Surdek Arbitration, Poland; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration 

Angeline Welsh KC 

Barrister, Essex Court Chambers, United Kingdom 

 

Gideon Wilkins 

Group Head of Research, McCann Worldgroup, United Kingdom 

 

Dates and venues

Conference: Monday 18 March 2024

Venue: The Westin Paris – Vendôme,3 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris, France

Training: Wednesday 20 March 2024

Venue: International Chamber of Commerce, 33-43, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France

Registration fees

Registration fees for non-ICC members: 


Conference

Early Bird (until 26 January 2024): 525€
Standard (26 January – 1 March 2024): 685€
Last Chance (2 March – 18 March 2024): 835€


Training 

Early Bird (until 26 January 2024): 630€
Standard (26 January – 1 March 2024): 790€
Last Chance (2 March – 18 March 2024): 940€

Package – Training and Conference (20% discount) 

Early Bird (until 26 January 2024): 925€
Standard (26 January – 1 March 2024): 1180€
Last Chance (2 March – 18 March 2024): 1330€

20% VAT will be applied. 

 

Registration fees for ICC members:  

20% discount on the above rates. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code. 

Special discounts  

FULL TIME in-House Counsel and Government representatives may attend the conference free of charge. LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE.  

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.  
FULL TIME Academics may benefit from a 20% discount.  

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details. 

Travel and accomodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. ICC has negotiated preferential room rates at the Westin Paris – Vendôme, where the conference is taking place. The booking link will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration. 

We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration and full payment of your registration fees. Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more information.  

Working language

English

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 24 February 2024. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 0.6€ + 6% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.

Subject to agreement from ICC prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required. Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Credits, hours and points

This event is eligible for credits before the Paris Bar. Please note that this is subject to validation of ICC Global Events’ application (or individual application, as necessary).

Further, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider

If you have any questions please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org

Disclaimer

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BENEFITS

STRATEGIC PARTNER €20,000

NETWORKING PARTNER €12,000

BRANDING PARTNER €7,000 

Showcase your brand prominently on the ICC DRS App

x

   

Opportunity to host a social side event** (included in the official programme)

   

Guest contributor on the ICC blog

1 Article

   

Strategic logo placement in banners & collaterals

   

Testimonial quote on the event page*

x

   

Private meeting room reserved for 1 hour

x

   

Sponsor a lunch (will be co-sponsored as available) 

   

Participants list available in priority

x

x

 

Pop-up notification on the ICC DRS App

2 notifications

1 notification

 

Company video to be played during session breaks

1min

30sec

 

Opportunity to provide lanyards OR Delegate Bags OR Notebooks & Pens OR Water Bottles (as available)**

 

Sponsor a coffee break (will be co-sponsored as available)

 

Exhibition space and exhibitor pass

 

Complimentary registrations to the conference

8

Special reduced registrations (30% reduction

8

Company profile included on the ICC DRS app

x

x

x

Opportunity to Include a branded item in the participant bags**

x

Sponsor recognition on email and social media 

Use of the official event sponsor logo 

Maximum visibility with signage at the venue and on all digital materials

*All content to be approved by ICC

** Sponsor to bear all associated costs

Our sponsorship packages do not include speaking opportunities. Please let us know should you wish to submit a speaker candidate.

For further information, please contact:

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Sponsorship team : sponsorship@iccwbo.org

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