ICC YAAF & YAAP: Young approaches to arbitration

01 Apr 2023

Vienna English
Start: 10:00 (CEST) || End: 14:00 (CEST)

Join us for this year’s edition of the ICC YAAF & YAAP joint conference, traditionally taking place during the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Followed by an inspiring keynote speech, the panel discussion will focus on effective advocacy in international arbitration and the essential question of how advocates can persuade arbitrators to rule in their favour. In particular, the panellists will provide guidance on how to master persuasive skills in written submissions, in opening and closing submissions and during cross-examination. The discussion will cover different perspectives to advocacy from different jurisidictions.

As always, this ICC YAAF & YAAP event will be an ideal forum for Vis Moot students and young practitioners to exchange knowledge, share their experiences and expand their network. 

Who should attend?

  • Students interested in arbitration
  • Academics
  • Lawyers specialised in dispute resolution or interested in arbitration
  • In-house counsel

Open to those aged 40 and under, YAAF provides opportunities for individuals to gain knowledge, develop their skills and understand ICC’s arbitral procedure and other dispute resolution services.


What is ICC YAAF?

At ICC, we believe that through training and mentorship, we can mould the next generation of leading international arbitration and ADR experts. Through the ICC Young Arbitration and ADR Forum (YAAF) network, we are able to better inform, connect and inspire young professionals with interests in dispute resolution and dispute avoidance.

Throughout the world, ICC YAAF organises a number of educational and social events that allow young professionals to discover best practices, discuss topical issues, network and create meaningful connections with experienced practitioners. 

Learn more about ICC YAAF  | Join the network

CEST Time Zone


Welcome coffee and registration


Welcoming remarks

  • Angelika Zoder, Legal Affairs, ICC Austria, Vienna
  • Tamara Manasijevic, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Attorney at Law, ARP, Vienna 


Keynote speech: Between Zeal and Civility: Why Ethical Advocacy is Effective

  • Franz T. Schwarz, Partner, WilmerHale, London


Panel discussion: Maximizing Your Advocacy Skills in International Arbitration


  • Roxanne de Jesus, Partner, Pitkowitz&Partner, Vienna


  • Margarita Chatzi, Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Victoria Ivasechko, Of Counsel, Queritius, Kyiv
  • Roopa Mathews, Associate, Lalive, Zurich
  • Sam Song, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs, Dubai


Closing remarks

  • Yoanna Schuch, Co-Chair, YAAP, Vienna



Margarita Chatzi

Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Victoria Ivasechko

Of Counsel, Queritius, Kyiv

Roxanne de Jesus

Partner, Pitkowitz & Partners, Vienna

Roopa Mathews

Associate, Lalive, Zurich

Yoanna Schuch

Co-Chair, YAAP, Vienna

Franz T. Schwarz

Partner, WilmerHale, London

Sam Song

Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs, Dubai

Angelika Zoder

Legal Affairs, ICC Austria, Vienna


Kleiner Festsaal, University of Vienna

Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria


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For further information, please contact:

Tamara Manasijevic

ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Attorney at Law, ARP, Vienna  

+43 1 89 04 100


Yoanna Schuch

Legal Specialist, United Nations Office for Project Services, Vienna; Co-Chair, YAAP


Sophia Zaia

Executive Assistant,  Arbitration and ADR, Europe, ICC Dispute Resolution Services

+33 1 49 53 30 63


Please contact Tamara Manasijevic, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Attorney at Law.