Wednesday, 29 November 2017, Paris, France

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Michael Polkinghorne

White & Case

Isabelle Michou

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan


Patrick Baeten


George Bermann

Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School

Matthieu de Boisséson

Independent Arbitrator

Charles Kaplan

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Amy Kläsener


Prof. Dr. Benoit Le Bars

Lazareff Le Bars

Pierre Mayer

Independent Arbitrator

Noah Rubins

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

White & Case

Christophe Seraglini

Betto Seraglini

Laurence Shore

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

Carole Malinvaud

Gide Loyrette Nouel


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Michael Polkinghorne, White & Case
Isabelle Michou, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

9.40: Session one: Confidentiality and privilege

The existence of confidentiality of arbitration has been the subject of gallons of ink, but is there an argument for reversing any presumption of confidentiality so that parties must act to ensure it, rather than rely on any implied rule? What are the pros and cons?

Within the process itself, confidentiality can manifest itself in an entirely different context, that of production of documents and evidence more generally. So when should a party be able to claim confidentiality and on what grounds?

The panel will discuss:

- Commercial sensitivity
- Legal privilege (and what to do about cases where in-house counsel provide legal advice (how to deal with different rules in different jurisdictions)
- The use of "privilege counsel"? How else to deal with disputes of this nature?
- The relevant audience; when can or should one allow access to only a limited class such as experts, counsel and/or the tribunal?
- Where witnesses or counsel need to deal with sensitive material on written or oral address: how is this dealt with in practice? How much discretion does a tribunal have? And can problems arise in enforcement where that discretion has been exercised?
- What solutions do the various rules or guidelines (including the IBA) provide in practice?

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time for arbitrators 

A twist on our usual Tylney Hall format. A panel of distinguished arbitrators will discuss questions submitted by the audience in advance.

12.30: Networking lunch

13.30: Session three: Would you challenge?

During this interactive session, a distinguished panel will discuss a number of recent decisions, before, along with the audience, they'll be asked to decide, "would you challenge?"

Among other things, the panel will discuss:

- Can the use of a tribunal secretary or an assistant give rise to a successful challenge? Do co-arbitrators have duties if they know the presiding arbitrator is delegating excessively to a secretary or an assistant?
- Shall an arbitrator disclose his/her work as counsel in another case when accepting an appointment as arbitrator where related issues and possible overlaps arise? Can the arbitrator's decision of an issue in one case influence the outcome in a related case where the arbitrator serves as counsel?
- Actual bias versus appearance of bias
- Appointing the same arbitrator in multiple, related arbitrations is frequent in order to avoid inconsistent results and to save time and costs. Is a challenge on the basis that the arbitrations involve related issues meritorious? Are we not taking the risk of losing efficiency in the process?
- Has the threat of challenges given rise to over-disclosure by arbitrators? 
- What solutions do the various rules or guidelines (including the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest) provide in practice?

14.45: Coffee break

15.15: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition - on Annulled Awards

In a new format for GAR Live, this session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being ‘grilled' by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors.

This committee will investigate: in light of recent developments, who's right when it comes to awards annulled at seat? France, or the rest of the world?

16.30: Chairs' closing remarks

Michael Polkinghorne, White & Case
Isabelle Michou, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

16.45: Close of conference

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Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early €800 18 October 2017
Early €950 17 November 2017
Standard €1,100 29 November 2017


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