ICC YAAF: Psychology in Arbitration & Mediation: The impact of bias

08 Sep 2022

Frankfurt am Main English
18.30 (CEST)

Join this interdisciplinary in-person ICC YAAF event for some insights in and a discussion of the interplay between psychology in arbitration and mediation, illustrated from the different perspectives of counsel, arbitrator, mediator and academic. 

Traditionally, there is a belief that the law is an objective science and will be applied by rational and conscious decision makers. Based on the Roman principle "Da mihi facta, dabo tibi ius", the general idea is that the application of the law is nothing but the outcome of an objective thought process in consideration of clear cold facts. However, behavioural research and neuroscience suggest that the notion of the purely rational lawyer is largely misguided, and that psychology forms an integral part of the law.

Nevertheless, traditional legal education focuses mainly on academic knowledge, research and writing skills. To a much lesser extent, it sometimes includes so-called soft skills such as advocacy and negotiation skills. Ultimately, these soft skills rest on insights gained from psychology.

So which role does psychology play in assessing, winning, deciding or mediating a case?

The format of the event will be structured by a moderated panel discussion. The speakers will address the interplay between arbitration, mediation and psychology from different professional backgrounds and experiences (counsel, arbitrator, mediator and academic).

Both students and practitioners interested in arbitration, mediation, advocacy and psychology are invited to the event. Participants will be able to attend and participate in the speakers' discussion.

*CEST Time Zone


Welcoming remarks  

  • Dr. Paul Hauser, Counsel, Clifford Chance, Frankfurt, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe & Russia


Panel discussion with  

  • Dr. Myriam Gicquello, Lecturer in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Newcastle University Anne-Karin Grill, Attorney-at-Law (AT), Mediator and Arbitrator, AKG ADVISORY, Vienna 
  • Mahnaz Malik, Barrister and Arbitrator, Twenty Essex, London  
  • Keynote speaker: Johannes Willheim, Esq., Partner, Jones Day, Frankfurt and Paris  
  • Moderator: Dr. Judith Sawang, Partner, Ashurst LLP, Frankfurt


  • Q&A with questions from the audience


  • Closing Remarks

Dr. Gicquello Myriam

Lecturer in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Newcastle University

Grill Anne-Karin

Attorney-at-Law (AT), Mediator and Arbitrator, AKG ADVISORY, Vienna

Malik Mahnaz

Barrister and Arbitrator, Twenty Essex, London

Willheim Johannes

Partner, Jones Day, Frankfurt and Paris


Ashurst LLP, OpernTurm, Bockenheimer Landstraße 2-4,

60306 Frankfurt am Main

Working language English
Registration Free of charge, please register by or before 6 September 2022 (first come, first served)

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Judith Sawang, LL.M., Partner

+49 69 97 11 28 03
+49 173 540 4560