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 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 ForumYAF by ICC to strengthen links with the young arbitration community. The conference will be held in collaboration with the YAFUS chapter.
Canada has completed the enactment of Bill C-9, An Act to Implement the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention). The bill has been passed by both the House and the Senate and has received Royal Assent.
“This Act enables Canada to ratify a convention that has already been ratified by 143 countries, and that will provide Canadian investors with another internationally recognized instrument for protecting their assets abroad,” said Minister Bernier.
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 KongSpecial Administrative Region government. Continue reading ICC International Court of Arbitration will open a branch in Hong Kong
With about 350 arbitration cases / year (mainly in construction matters) Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is one of the most actives dispute resolution centres of the world. Main areas of activity of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre HKIAC are:
Negotiation: The most common form of dispute resolution is negotiation. By this means alone nearly all disputes are solved. If negotiations fail, it is necessary to seek the assistance of a neutral third party or several neutral third parties to facilitate a solution.
Mr. Christopher To, Secretary General ofHong Kong International Arbitration Centre HKIAC, video:
Conciliation and Mediation: Conciliation and Mediation are often terms used interchangeably and they are together referred to as mediation. Both involve the appointment of a third party to assist disputing parties to reach a settlement of their difference. The mediator is not given any power to impose a settlement. His function is to try to break any impasse and encourage the parties to reach an amicable settlement. In commercial disputes an impasse most often arises from either a lack of trust in the integrity of the other party or a genuine good faith difference of opinion on the facts underlying the dispute or on the probable outcome of the case were it to go to court. The mediator may act as a shuttle diplomat acting as a channel for communication filtering out the emotional elements and allowing the parties to focus on the underlying objectives. He will encourage the parties to reach an agreement themselves as opposed to having it imposed upon them. Continue reading Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre HKIAC
International Commercial Arbitration. Future Courses: Singapore and Oxford
Events and Courses on A Colleague writes “Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration: Singapore, 5 -13 January 2004 & Balliol College, Oxford 18 – 26 September 2004
This Diploma is considered the flagship of the Chartered Institute’s international arbitration training.
Launched by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1995 it has more than 200 diplomates in many countries including, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, the USA, Nigeria, France, Switzerland, Israel, Ireland, England and Scotland. Continue reading International Commercial Arbitration. Future Courses: Singapore and Oxford
e-Commerce Trustmarks International Congress – 17 to 19 September 2003
Events and Courses on ADR/ODR ODR_Moderator writes “Ministry of Economics of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is organising from 17 to 19 September 2003 an international congress on the trustmarks in electronic commerce.
A non exhaustive list of the themes which will be tackled during this congress is given below:
:: Electronic commerce and its development perspectives
– Current characteristics of the sector
– Offers available to consumers: product, services, on-line transactions, etc.
:: Expectations of the cyber consumer
– Legibility of the offer
– Reality of the enterprise
– Delivery conformity
– Payment security
– Data protection
– Complaint processing
:: Signs and marks on the internet
– The problem of the sign in the virtual world
– Typology and impact of signs and marks on the internet
– How to guarantee the reputation of a sign or a mark? Continue reading e-Commerce Trustmarks International Congress – 17 to 19 September 2003