41st ICC Institute Annual Conference: Rethinking the Paradigms of International Arbitration

29 Nov 2021

Hybrid English CNB/CLE/MCLE credits & hours available
08.30 h (CET)
Early bird rates until 29 October 2021

The 41st edition of the ICC Institute Annual Conference will take place on 29 November 2021. This year the theme is “Rethinking the Paradigms of International Arbitration”.

The pandemic forced us into confinement. However, our arbitration work had to continue and thus we discovered working remotely. Through the ingenious use of technology, we realized that all of our constant traveling and face-to-face meetings were in fact not so essential. From our office, and at the height of the pandemic from our own home, we have come to discover that we are more efficient in this new, virtual world. Indeed, the world of arbitration flourishes without the need for the so-called arbitration tourism that made us waste our lives at airports, hotels and exhausting meeting rooms. And whilst we were increasing the efficiency of our work, we were also questioning the very way in which we had been carrying out arbitration proceedings, questioning the very basis of international arbitration. We were Rethinking the Paradigms of International Arbitration.

Who should attend?

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

All times shown are in CET

08.30 – 09.00

Welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.20

Opening Session

Welcome address

  • Eduardo Silva RomeroPartner and co-Chair, International Arbitration Global Practice, Dechert LLP, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Introduction of the conference

  • Bernardo M. CremadesPartner, B. Cremades y Asociados, Spain; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

09.20 – 10.05

Discretionary Powers of Arbitrators: Duties and Delimitations

Delimiting the role and powers of arbitrators to promote the efficiency of arbitration proceedings and to control costs.

Discussing the inherent and implied powers of arbitrators, including how to limit any due process paranoia.

Examining whether arbitrators should intervene more frequently regarding procedural aspects of proceedings as opposed to relying on the cooperation of counsel.

  • Catherine Kessedjian, Professor Emerita, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), France
  • Moderated by: Ndanga Kamau, Independent Arbitrator, Ndanga Kamau Law, Kenya/Netherlands; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

10.05 – 10.20

Q&A

10.20 – 10.40

Coffee break

10.40 – 11.25

Technology and Arbitration: Revisiting the Paradigms of Case Management

Discussing how to reform the paradigms of case management on a practical level considering the increased use of technology (for example, the use of video conferencing to facilitate more interaction between the tribunal and parties at an earlier stage of the proceedings through techniques such as mid-stream conferences and the structuring of proceedings in a way that provides an opportunity to decide key issues at an earlier stage and possibly encourage settlements).

Mining the symbiosis that exists in international arbitration between civil and common law systems, and how this very symbiosis can lead to duplication (e.g., from the request for arbitration to the memorials, the hearing, post-hearing briefs, etc.). Is this duplication and repetition necessary? How can we harness the opportunities that technology offers to minimize this repetition?

  • David W. Rivkin, Partner, International Dispute Resolution Group, Debevoise & Plimpton, United States/United Kingdom
  • Moderated by: Melanie van Leeuwen, Partner, Derains & Gharavi International, France; Vice-Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

11.25 – 11.40

Q&A

11.40 – 12.25

Retiring the Redfern Schedule: Document Production and the Need for New Models

Standard directions for document production with Redfern schedules have turned document production into an overly burdensome and excessive process in many cases.

Discussing possible alternatives and models.

Examining the use of technology to improve the speed and efficiency of document production (for example, the use of predictive coding tools).

  • Gonzalo Stampa, Founding Partner, Stampa Abogados, Spain
  • Kathryn Khamsi, Partner, Three Crowns, France
Moderated by:
  • Erica Stein, Partner, Dechert LLP, Belgium/France

12.25 – 12.40

Q&A

12.40 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 14.05

Introduction of the Afternoon Sessions

  • Eduardo Silva Romero, Partner and co-Chair of International Arbitration Global Practice, Dechert LLP, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law

14.05 – 14.50

The Use and Abuse of Factual Witnesses

Discussing the role of witness evidence and when it is useful (or not).

Refocusing the way that we prepare, use and present witness evidence to maximize its value (for example, addressing issues related to influences on witnesses’ memories, examined in the Report of the ICC Task Force on Maximising the Probative Value of Witness Evidence, and difficulties with lengthy witness statements that form part of a party’s written submissions).

Analyzing how best to address the issues that arise with regard to witness testimony given remotely.

  • Christopher Newmark, Partner, Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP, United Kingdom
  • Xavier Favre-Bulle, Partner, Head of Arbitration, Lenz & Staehelin, Switzerland

Moderated by:

  • Jennifer Kirby, Independent Arbitrator, France

14.50 – 15.05

Q&A

15.05 – 15.50

Redefining the Role and Value of Expert Evidence

Discussing new paradigms in the use and presentation of expert evidence to meet the needs of the tribunal, including exploring alternative models.

Discussing whether party-appointed experts are truly independent and when it is appropriate for the tribunal to appoint its own expert.

  • Doug Jones, Independent Arbitrator, Australia/United Kingdom/Canada
  • Moderated by: Sophie Nappert, Independent Arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom

15.50 – 16.05

Q&A

16.05 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.15

Hearings: Remote vs. In-person vs. Hybrid

Discussing the issues that arise in relation to remote hearings and how best to address them.

Examining the role of advocacy and whether effective advocacy differs in remote and in-person hearings.

Exploring ways in which remote and in-person hearings might be improved (for example, should there be limits to cross-examinations? Are there aspects of our experience with remote hearings that might be employed to improve in-person hearings in the future?).

  • Stephanie Cohen, Independent Arbitrator, United States; Chair, Working Group on Information Technology in International Arbitration, ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR
  • Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe, Senegal
  • Jason Chan, SC, Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore
Moderated by:
  • Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, Arbitrator, Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd., Finland; Immediate Past Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

17.15 – 17.30

Q&A

17.30 – 17.45

Conclusion

Closing remarks

  • Patricia Peterson, Independent Arbitrator, Peterson//ADR, France; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

17.45 – 19.00

Award Ceremony of the 2021 Institute Prize & Cocktail Reception

Jason Chan, SC

Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

Stephanie Cohen

Independent Arbitrator, United States; Chair, Working Group on Information Technology in International Arbitration, ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR

Bernado M. Cremades

Partner, B. Cremades y Asociados, Spain; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Xavier Favre-Bulle

Partner, Head of Arbitration, Lenz & Staehelin, Switzerland

Doug Jones

Independent Arbitrator, Australia/United Kingdom/Canada

Ndanga Kamau

Independent Arbitrator, Ndanga Kamau Law, Kenya/Netherlands; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Kathryn Khamsi

Partner, Three Crowns, France

Mouhamed Kebe

Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe, Senegal

Catherine Kessedjian

Professor Emerita, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), France

Jennifer Kirby

Independent Arbitrator, France

Sophie Nappert

Independent Arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom

Christopher Newmark

Partner, Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP, United Kingdom

Patricia Peterson

Independent Arbitrator, Peterson//ADR, France; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

David W. Rivkin

Partner, International Dispute Resolution Group, Debevoise & Plimpton, United States/United Kingdom

Eduardo Silva Romero

Partner and co-Chair, International Arbitration Global Practice, Dechert LLP, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Gonzalo Stampa

Founding Partner, Stampa Abogados, Spain

Erica Stein

Partner, Dechert LLP, Belgium/France

Melanie van Leeuwan

Partner, Derains & Gharavi International, France; Vice-Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm

Arbitrator, Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys Ltd., Finland; Immediate Past Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

Date and venue

29 November 2021

Les Salons de L’Aéro-Club de France, 6 rue Galilée, 75116 Paris, France

Registration fees

In person conference:

Early bird rate (until 29 October 2021): €449

Standard rate (from 30 October 2021): €595

Including 20% VAT

The registration fee for the in person conference includes all conference documentation, lunch and cocktail reception as well as a copy of the publication of the proceedings of the conference, should they be published in the Dossiers of the Institute series. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

Online conference:

Early bird rate (until 29 October 2021): €75

Standard rate (from 30 October 2021): €100

20% VAT will be applied to all persons based in France and those based in Europe without an Intracommunity VAT number

Special discounts:

ICC Members may benefit from a 20% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.

In house Counsel and Government representatives may attend the conference free of charge. 

Full time Academics may benefit from a 30% discount. Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details.

Travel and accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A list of hotels in Paris, with which ICC has negotiated preferential room rates, 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.

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If you are not in a position to give evidence as requested by the organisers despite your commitment to do so, the organisers reserve the right to deny you entry to the event.

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Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 29 October 2021. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. Subject to agreement from ICC Global Events 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 format, content, speakers and timing of the programme. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expenses incurred by the participant.

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