Roles and Responsibilities of Key Stakeholders in Conflict Resolution – Finding the Right Balance to Maximise Strategic and Effective Conflict Resolution



Registration and Buffet Lunch

During lunch, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of arbitral institutions.


Welcome Remarks

Marko Hentunen
Partner, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd; Vice-Chair of the Board, the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland


Round Table Discussion: Conflict Diagnosis, Conflict Resolution Strategies and Versatile Use of ADR Mechanisms – How to Use These Tools for Strategic and Effective Conflict Resolution?

Topics to be addressed during the panel discussion include, among others, the following:

  • Conflict diagnosis: What does it mean in practice? Whose duty is it? When should it be carried out?
  • What are the key factors affecting conflict resolution strategies?
  • How to manage the risk portfolio as in-house counsel? How to meet the strategic objectives of their organizations?
  • Should arbitral institutions play a more active role in ensuring effective conflict resolution by, inter alia, encouraging parties to combine mediation and arbitration?

Moderator: Tuuli Timonen, Senior Associate, White & Case LLP, Finland


  • Ralf Lindbäck, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland
  • James South, Managing Director, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), UK
  • Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer, Nokia Corporation; President of Nokia Legal Technologies, Finland/Italy
  • Urs Weber-Stecher, Partner, Wenger Vieli AG, Switzerland



Interactive Session: Issues Giving Headache to Arbitrators Striving for an Effective Arbitral Process – What Are the Topical Questions?

Topics to be addressed during the panel discussion include, among others, the following:

  • What are the practical implications of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and Cybersecurity considerations on arbitrators’ work (e.g., concerning document production)?
  • What are the limits to party autonomy in arbitration: How can arbitrators effectively exercise their discretion to deviate from the parties’ agreement during the arbitral proceedings?
  • What is the safe course of action in case of a truncated tribunal?

Moderator: Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Secretary General, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), Austria


  • Daniel Hochstrasser, Partner, Bär & Karrer Ltd., Switzerland
  • Kathleen Paisley, Ambos NBGO, Belgium
  • José Rosell, International Arbitrator, Denmark



Panel Discussion: Interplay Between Arbitral Tribunals and State Courts during the Arbitral Proceedings – How to Find the Right Balance?

Topics to be addressed during the panel discussion include, among others, the following:

  • How active a role should the national courts play in the conduct of arbitral proceedings?
  • Should arbitral tribunals have full power to manage all aspects of arbitral proceedings?
  • Should the assistance and intervention of national courts be limited?
  • How to avoid the risk of parallel proceedings and to enhance the efficient cooperation and resolution of disputes in practice?
  • How to effectively manage parallel proceedings?

Moderator: Marieke van Hooijdonk, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, Netherlands


  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, France
  • Emilia Lundberg, Advokatfirman Lundberg & Gleiss KB, Sweden
  • Joe Tirado, Partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR, Garrigues UK LLP, UK





Closing Remarks

Heidi Merikalla-Teir
Secretary General, the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (FAI), Finland




Dinner with Speech

Dinner Speech: John Beechey CBE
Arbitrator, BeecheyArbitration, Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong, Hong Kong