The Future of Dispute Resolution in Spain - Barcelona

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Diagonal, 191
08018 Barcelona, Spain

You can find a recording of this event in our Video Section (members only).

Resolving commercial disputes in courts can be unpredictable, slow and costly for disputants.  As pointed out in a recent working paper from the Central Bank of Spain, judicial inefficacy can also have a significant impact on business investments.  Therefore, it is critical for public administrations, companies and practitioners to consider a variety of alternative mechanisms to resolve commercial disputes efficiently.  This, not only to reduce the uncertainty, time, and costs involved in court litigation, but also to avoid losing economic investments which benefit society as a whole.

In this context, the Spanish Cabinet has approved a draft legislation aiming at boosting the role of commercial mediation in Spain by, among other measures, making the holding of an “informative” and exploratory session under the auspices of a trained mediator a mandatory prerequisite to filing a court action in a number of areas.

At this event, organized jointly by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), its European Advisory Board (EAB) and Cuatrecasas, a panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the current state of dispute resolution in Spain, explore ways to shape its future, and share perspectives and best practices with an audience of dispute prevention and resolution professionals from all over Europe and the United States. 

This event will be held in English at the offices of Cuatrecasas in Barcelona and will also be available via webinar.


  • Mª Eugenia Gay | President of the Barcelona Bar Association
  • Juan-Antonio Ruiz, LL.M. | Cuatrecasas Partner
  • Allen Waxman | President & CEO, CPR & former General Counsel of Pfizer, Eisai & Roivant Sciences


  • Patricia Saiz, Professor of International Arbitration and Academic Director of International Relations, ESADE, International Arbitrator


  • José Amerigo Alonso - Technical General Secretary of the Spanish Ministry of Justice
  • Carlos J. Gutiérrez Garcia | Chief Counsel Litigation, Siemens Gamesa
  • Kevin Smith | Managing Counsel, Global Litigation - Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Shell
  • M. Mercedes Tarrazón | Arbitrator and mediator, CPR Distinguished Neutral and President of the Mediation Committee of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA)


6:30 - 7:00 pm: Registration

7:00 - 8:30 pm: Program

8:30 – 9:30 pm: Networking Reception


Space is limited and registrations will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the list of registrants for this session will be shared with Cuatrecasas for the purpose of organizing this event.

This event is supported by AFA (Associació pel Foment de l’Arbitratge/Association for the Promotion of Arbitration), CEA (Club Español del Arbitraje/Spanish Arbitration Club) and ICAB (Col·legi d’advocats de Barcelona/Barcelona Bar Association).