15th IFCAI Biennial Conference, 23 May 2019

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



Tiia-Maria Ripatti & Anna-Maria Svinhufvud

Tiia-Maria Ripatti
Anna-Maria Svinhufvud

Registration and Buffet Lunch

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


Welcome Remarks

Stefano Azzali
President, International Federation for Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI); Secretary General, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM), Italy

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

Stefano Azzali
Marko Hentunen

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


  • Carlos S. Forbes, President, Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil Canada (CAM-CCBC), Brazil
  • Ralf Lindbäck, Area Counsel, Asset, Dispute and Trade Management, Marine, Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland
  • James South, Managing Director, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), UK
  • Urs Weber-Stecher, Partner, Wenger Vieli AG, Switzerland
Carlos S. Forbes
James South
Urs Weber-Stecher
Ralf Lindbäck



Interactive Session: Issues Giving Arbitrators a Headache when 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


  • Karl Hennessee, Senior Vice-President Litigation, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs, Airbus, France; Chairman of the Governing Body, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Daniel Hochstrasser, Partner, Bär & Karrer Ltd., Switzerland
  • Kathleen Paisley, Partner, Ambos NBGO, Belgium
  • José Rosell, International Arbitrator, Denmark
  • Ismail Selim, Director, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, CRCICA, Egypt
Alice Fremuth-Wolf
Daniel Hochstrasser
Kathleen Paisley
José Rosell
Ismail Selim
Karl Hennessee



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
  • Gisela Knuts, Partner, Roschier Attorneys Ltd, Finland
  • Emilia Lundberg, Advokatfirman Lundberg & Gleiss KB, Sweden
  • Joe Tirado, Partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR, Garrigues UK LLP, UK
Marieke van Hooijdonk
Alexander G. Fessas
Gisela Knuts
Emilia Lundberg
Joe Tirado




What will international arbitration/dispute resolution look like in 10 years?

Interviewee: Maxi Scherer, Professor, Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration; Special Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; UK

Interviewer: Anna-Maria Tamminen, Partner, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Maxi Scherer
Anna-Maria Tamminen

Closing Remarks

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

Heidi Merikalla-Teir


DJs Meri Milas and Bifu

DJs Meri Milas and Bifu

Dinner with Speech

Welcome Words
Juho Romakkaniemi, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce, Finland

Dinner Speech: “What Is an Award, Anyway?”
Jennifer Kirby, Principal, Kirby, France

Maria Ylipää and Marzi Nyman
DJs Meri Milas and Bifu

Juho Romakkaniemi
Jennifer Kirby
Maria Ylipää
Marzi Nyman