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Arbitration: The End of the Golden Age?

By almost any account, arbitration has enjoyed its golden age in the last decades. International commercial arbitrations have soared, arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties have grown, and arbitration of purely domestic matters, especially in the United States, has received increased acceptance. Yet several recent signs suggest that the sun has begun to set on that golden age. Courts have erected some previously unseen barriers to international arbitration. Criticism has been leveled at various aspects of traditional Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and nations have withdrawn from ICSID. And in the United States, Congress currently is considering the most sweeping reform of the Federal Arbitration Act since its enactment.

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Young Approaches to Arbitration

The ICC YAF and the YAAP jointly organize the conference “Young Approaches to Arbitration” that will take place in Vienna on 27 March 2010.


  • Principle of Competenz-Competenz (in light of the Green paper of the Commission);
  • The Impact of European Community law on international arbitration;
  • Insolvency in international arbitration.

ICC Masterclass for Arbitrators

On 15 - 17 March 2010 International Chamber of Commerce (Paris, France) will hold the Masterclass for Arbitrators which is designed for pratitioners who have a strong experience in international commercial arbitration as counsel, but have little or no experience as arbitrators.  Because of the advanced level of the training attendees are expected to already master the basic notions of arbitral proceedings, as they will not be reviewed during the Masterclass.

For further information about the event, please contact Charlotte Strandberg, ICC Events at Tel: +33 1 49 53 29 34 or Email:


Why is it that one of the most internationalized business sectors still finds it hard to embrace arbitration?

Arbitration as a means of dispute resolution is on the rise in many areas of business. However, it seems that the Banking & Finance industry is still struggling to accept arbitration as an alternative to state court proceedings. Why is it that one of the most internationalized business sectors still finds it hard to embrace arbitration, although international disputes are one of arbitration’s strengths? What can practitioners do to increase the acceptance of arbitration in the banking and finance sector?

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ICC Arbitration Today: Arbitrator Independence

Under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France 26 February 2010 will take place the conference “ICC Arbitration Today: Arbitrator Independence” with an ICC Mock Court Session.

Arbitrator independence is an essential and significant requirement in arbitration which raises special issues due to the very nature of a procedure in which party autonomy is of the utmost importance. This conference aims to explore views and opinions on the requirements of arbitrator independence from the perspectives of a party, a party's counsel and an arbitrator. Judicial decisions on arbitrator independence will also be examined. The highlights of the day will include former Secretary Generals of the ICC International Court of Arbitration coming together to discuss the history and development of the ICC Rules and practice with respect to the requirement that all arbitrators in ICC arbitrations be independent. Furthermore, the conference will feature a Mock ICC Court Plenary Session. At this forum, the participants will engage in stimulating interactive dialogue focusing on how the ICC Court deals with various challenges.

For more information about this conference, please click here.


ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money

On 26 February 2010, American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas will co-organize the conference events “ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money”.

This conference is a “don’t miss” event for General Counsel, Corporate Counsel and In-House legal teams who are engaged in their firm’s dispute resolution strategy.  Advocates will benefit greatly from this conference as it will give greater insight into how to manage client resources throughout the dispute.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from around the state of Texas at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in Antonio, Texas.

For more details please visit American Arbitration Association University page


CIArb London Branch / LMAA joint seminar: Maritime Arbitration

London, 10th February 2010

London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association are holding a joint seminar entitled 'Maritime Arbitration: present trends and the future'.

The event will take place at the office of Ince & Co (International House, 1 St Katherine's Way, E1W 1UN, London). The format of the evening will be the three presentations, followed by debate from the floor. The speakers are: Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Patrick O'Donovan and James Wilson. It will be co-chaired by John Tsatsas (President LMAA) and Hew Dundas.

For full details please see CIArb page