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31st Annual ICC and School of International Arbitration Joint Symposium on "Powers and Duties of Arbitrators: Rules, Law, Practice and Ethics, Emergency Arbitration and Dealing with Sanctions"

29 February 2016

Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG

This event is co-organised by the School of International Arbitration and ICC Institute of World Business Law.

The School of International Arbitration is pleased to present details of the 31st Annual ICC and School of International Arbitration Joint Symposium. This year's discussions will focus on the theme of "Powers and Duties of Arbitrators: Rules, Law, Practice and Ethics, Emergency Arbitration and Dealing with Sanctions".

Topics will include

  • Power and Duties of Arbitrators to Parties
  • Arbitrators' Responsibilities to avoid Conflicts of Interest
  • Dealing with Sanctions
  • Emergency Arbitrators

The symposium is co-chaired by Antonias Dimolitsa (Vice Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law) and Professor Julian D.M. Lew QC (Head of the School of International Arbitration; Barrister, 20 Essex Street).

Programme

  • 09.00-09.30 Registration and coffee
  • 09.30-09.45 Welcome and opening remarks
  • 09.45-11.15 Power and Duties of Arbitrators to Parties
    - Streamlining the process: good practices – direction and control
    - Dealing with uncooperative counsel
    - Administering Transparency and/or confidentiality  
    - Fair Process and "Due Process Paranoia"
  • 11.15-11.30 Coffee break
  • 11.30-12.45 Arbitrators' Responsibilities to avoid Conflicts of Interest
    - Empirical report on challenges of party-appointed arbitrators under ICC Rules
    - Repeat appointments by same law firm or same party
    - Is there an "issue conflict" in commercial arbitration; Need for transparency
    - Reasoned and unreasoned challenge decisions
    - How accepted in practice are the IBA Guidelines?
    - How have the criticisms against ISDS impacted commercial arbitrator challenges?
  • 12.45-14.15 Lunch
  • 14.15-15.30 Dealing with Sanctions
    - Compliance meets arbitration: applicable laws and rules?
    - Who should identify sanctions issues – institutions, tribunals or parties?  
    - Should arbitration proceed or not? How do sanctions impact on arbitration and arbitrators?
  • 15.30-15.45 Coffee break
  • 15.45-17.15 Emergency Arbitrators
    - What the emergency arbitrator systems bring to the arbitration process
    - Time management role
    - Emergency arbitration and due process – available pool of arbitrators and skills needed
    - Experience from the use of emergency arbitrators, ICC, SCC, AAA, LCIA, SIAC
  • 17.15 Closing Remarks

Speakers

Who should attend

Eminent arbitrators, practising lawyers involved in international commercial arbitration, and lawyers in industry concerned with the arbitral process.

CPD Points

This event is accredited for 6 CPD hours with the Bar Standards Board.

How to Book

The registration fee is £175. Please register via the QMUL e-shop.

Contact

For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team on ccls-events@qmul.ac.uk.


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