Programme

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

 

11:15

Registration and Buffet Lunch

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

12:30

Welcome Remarks

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

12:40

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

Speakers:

  • 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
14:00

Break

14:30

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

Speakers:

  • Daniel Hochstrasser, Partner, Bär & Karrer Ltd., Switzerland
  • Kathleen Paisley, Ambos NBGO, Belgium
  • José Rosell, International Arbitrator, Denmark
15:45

Break

16:15

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

Speakers:

  • 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
17:30

Break

17:45

Interview

18:40

Closing Remarks

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

18:50

Cocktails

19:30

Dinner with Speech

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