ICC International Court of Arbitration, number of cases jumped from 599 in 2007 to 663 in 2008

ICC International Court of Arbitration Secretary General Jason Fry described the last year as challenging. “This year can be best described as a period of consolidation. Mr Fry highlighted ICC’s new Hearing Centre in Paris, which opened for business in October 2008. Available for hearings, whether ICC, ‘ad hoc’ or under the auspices of other arbitral institutions. the Hearing Centre, the first of its kind in Paris, was proving to be very successful.

The Court’s Secretary General emphasized the importance of the anticipated information technology system upgrade, which would allow the Secretariat to keep track in real time of the status of each case, this is part of an entire review of priorities and procedures internally and externally with a view to delivering a quality service.

The ICC International Court of Arbitration‘s work load continues to increase at a fast pace. The number of cases registered jumped to 663 last year from 599 in 2007. In addition 407 awards were rendered in 2008, compared with 349 in 2007, while there were 1,317 cases pending compared with 1,285 at the end of the previous year. The new Hong Kong office of the Court was up and running, with some 100 cases already registered.

ICC seminar on resolving disputes in space and aeronautics industries

ICC will hold a seminar on resolving disputes in the space and aeronautics sectors. The conference Dispute Resolution in Aeronautics and Space will take place on 5 February under the auspices of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. It will address three main themes: risk management; the impact of financing on enforcement and repossession strategies; and the methods available for resolving disputes. The conference will identify the specific risks in the aeronautics and space industries, taking into consideration recent developments in this sector; notably the increase in air traffic, new types of material, more innovative technologies and the development of new airline companies. Given these risks, one session will also be devoted to the importance of insurance and re-insurance.

The conference will also delve into dispute resolution in the industry, covering issues such as litigation B2C, secrecy obligations and dual purpose technology, and their impact on dispute resolution proceedings. The range of procedures available to resolve disputes – such as state court procedures and international commercial arbitration – will be addressed.

The conference will be held at the ICC Secretariat in Paris and will be conducted in English and French. Simultaneous translation will be available. Space is limited, and a discount will be offered to members and non-members of ICC who enroll by 12 January.

ICC International Court of Arbitration launches Young Arbitrators Forum YAF in a conference in Barcelona

ICC International Court of Arbitration is hosting a weekend conference in Barcelona 27 to 29 June for lawyers and in-house counsel under the age of 40. The conference marks the launch of the new Young Arbitrators Forum YAF by ICC to strengthen links with the young arbitration community. The conference will be held in collaboration with the YAF US chapter.

Jason Fry, Secretary General of ICC International Court of Arbitration said that the ICC Court is delighted to welcome young arbitration practitioners and corporate counsel to learn from some of the worlds most distinguished arbitrators and professionals. This is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing programme of events tailored to the new generation of arbitration professionals. Continue reading ICC International Court of Arbitration launches Young Arbitrators Forum YAF in a conference in Barcelona

3rd annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition awards unveiled

The Brazilian team prevailed as a winner of the 3rd annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition. A team from the FGV Sao Paolo Law School walked away with this year’s top award for the 3rd annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition 18 February.

The award followed four days of intense competition , as the team from Sao Paolo and the University of California Hastings College of Law were pitted against each other to mediate a complex business deal. The Brazilian team, made up of Gisela Ferreira Mation, Pedro Fida Fenelon Tibucheski, and Daniel Tabel Luis received a trophy, EUR 2 000 in prize money, an internship at ICC’s ADR Secretariat, and a set of legal reference books.

Every participant in this year’s competition received a year’s subscription to the ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin. The awards ceremony was officiated by Guy Sebban, ICC Secretary General, Jason Fry, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC Dispute Resolution Services Director and Pierre Tercier, Chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Continue reading 3rd annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition awards unveiled

ICC dispute resolution course in Singapore

The interactive training session will take participants through the different stages of any amicable dispute resolution procedure, such as mediation. After defining the roles of the mediator, parties, and lawyers, participants will work in small groups on a mock case. Each group will be led by a renowned dispute resolution practitioner. A real case study will be used to illustrate the roles of the parties.

“This new course is a unique opportunity for participants to gain insight into the different stages of any amicable dispute resolution procedure. Bringing together individuals from widely diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, the training creates an exceptional forum for exchanging experience and viewpoints,” said Melanie Meilhac, Manager, ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Dispute Resolution Services.

ICC’s (International Chamber of Commerce) first ADR training session, held in Paris last April, attracted participants from 15 countries, reflecting the increased attention that the international legal community is giving to mediation and other methods of dispute resolution. Continue reading ICC dispute resolution course in Singapore

ICC International Court of Arbitration will open a branch in Hong Kong

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will open a branch of the Secretariat of its International Court of Arbitration in Hong Kong. The branch secretariat, the first in Asia, will have a case management team to administer cases in the region under the ICC Rules of Arbitration. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

The International Chamber of Commerce’s decision to set up branch of the Secretariat of the Court in Hong Kong is an endorsement of our position as a premier center for international arbitration services. Its presence will enhance the provision of arbitration services in Hong Kong, ” said Wong Yan Lung, secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government. Continue reading ICC International Court of Arbitration will open a branch in Hong Kong