James Hope


James Hope is a partner and Head of Vinge’s dispute resolution group in Stockholm. He is a dual-qualified Swedish Advokat and English Solicitor- Advocate, with over 20 years’ experience of dispute resolution, including 10 years’ experience from practising in London. He is also a memberof the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Jakob Ragnwaldh

Mannheimer Swartling

Jakob Ragnwaldh is a partner in Mannheimer Swartling’s Dispute Resolution practice group focusing on international arbitration. He is Vice-Chair of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Chair of the Executive Board of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA). Jakob Ragnwaldh is also the Chairman of the SCC Rules Revision Committee. 

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Catherine Rogers

Professor of Ethics, Regulation and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary University of London

Catherine A Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics. She is a Professor of Law and Paul & Marjorie Price Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law and the Professor of Ethics, Regulation and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary University of London, where she is, together with Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, and on the reconceptualisation of the attorney as a global actor. Professor Rogers has taught, lectured and published on these topics around the world, including as an invited participant at two Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Fora. Her book, Ethics in International Arbitration, is forthcoming in 2014 by Oxford University Press.


Ginta Ahrel

Westerberg & Partners

Chiann Bao

Arbitration Chambers

Andrea Carlevaris


Philip Clifford QC

Latham & Watkins

Dmitry Dyakin

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Jimmy Skjold Hansen


Leon Ioannou

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Anja Ipp

Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Annet van Hooft

van Hooft Legal

Yasmine Lahlou

Chaffetz Lindsey

Mélanie van Leeuwen

Derains & Gharavi

Torsten Lörcher


Cecilia Möller Norsted


Fredrik Ringquist

Mannheimer Swartling

Daniel Saoul QC

4 New Square

Pontus Scherp

Norburg & Scherp


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Jakob Ragnwaldh, Mannheimer Swartling

9.15: Session one: How to get the right chemistry when choosing an arbitral tribunal

What factors should be considered when choosing an arbitral tribunal? What is the secret to getting a panel that can work together and make a final decision jointly? In this panel, leading names will share their unique industry perspective and the benefit of their wisdom on the importance of tribunal chemistry.

In particular, the panel is expected to discuss:

  • Perspectives from the claimant, respondent, co-arbitrator and chair
  • Is there a “one size fits all” approach, or a “one size fits all” set of principles?
  • When trying to get it right, what can go wrong?

Andrea Carlevaris, BonelliErede 

Anja Ipp, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Yasmine Lahlou, Chaffetz Lindsey
Mélanie van Leeuwen, Derains & Gharavi
Pontus Scherp, Norburg & Scherp

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format. Participants will be invited to submit topics in advance for general discussion.

James Hope, Vinge
Jakob Ragnwaldh, Mannheimer Swartling

12.15: Networking lunch

13.45: Session three: Are main hearings too short?

What is the optimum length for a hearing? Amid concerns about time and cost, it is becoming harder and harder to secure multi-week hearings, particularly under some sets of rules. Is this a problem? If the arbitrators are skilful enough, is it not possible to achieve – for instance, in a week – what might take far longer in a national court? And who benefits from longer hearings – apart from the lawyers?

Points of discussion are expected to include:

  • How should the hearing be structured, particularly in document-intensive cases?
  • How do arbitral tribunals determine what length of hearing is appropriate?
  • Are arbitrators and counsel – consciously or subconsciously – influenced by their mode of remuneration?
  • When one side disagrees with the proposed hearing length, is there a way to bring them around? Or are challenges and procedural skirmishing at that point inevitable?
  • Will it be damaging to international arbitration if users generally take the view that hearings are too short?

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers

Ginta Ahrel, Westerberg & Partners
Jimmy Skjold Hansen, Plesner
Annet van Hooft, van Hooft
Torsten Lörcher, CMS

15.00: Coffee break

15.30: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition – is oral advocacy overrated?

This session will replicate a US senate committee hearing or a UK House of Commons select committee session, in which a succession of witnesses are “grilled” by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors.

The committee will examine whether oral advocacy really is the key to winning a case.  Specialist oral advocates are often celebrated in litigation, particularly in common law jurisdictions -- but are they as important in international arbitration?

Points of discussion are expected to include:

  • Is written advocacy now more important that oral advocacy?
  • Is there too much focus on witnesses and on cross-examination?
  • Do arbitrators make up their minds before coming to the hearing?
  • Do native English speakers have an advantage, or a disadvantage?

Philip Clifford QC, Latham & Watkins
Daniel Saoul QC, 4 New Square

Leon Ioannou, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Cecilia Möller Norsted, Vinge
Fredrik Ringquist, Mannheimer Swartling

17.00: Keynote speech

Prof. Catherine Rogers, Professor of Ethics, Regulation and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary University of London

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

James Hope, Vinge

17.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception

Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email


Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Brunnsgatan 2, 111 38 Stockholm, Sweden


  • "Interesting speakers and delegates from different jurisdictions" Iuliia Zozulia, ICAL Stockholm University

  • "Lively, good mix of panels" Peter Schradieck, Plesner


Private Practitioner
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Early £750 10 May 2019
Standard £850 21 May 2019


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