Attorneys’ Seminar On Developments in International Arbitration (AIA In Touch)

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May 2012

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Olivier P. André

On February 8, 2012, leading international practitioners gathered, under the auspices of Y-ADR, the young attorneys’ group of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), at the Paris office of Shearman & Sterling LLP to hear presentations about the latest developments in international arbitration.

As international arbitration has come under attack in recent years due to some of its perceived shortcomings, particularly relating to costs and delays, the goal of this pro-gram was to enable young attorneys to hear from and engage directly with in-house counsels on this topic. At-tendees had the opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel composed of Mireille Bouzols-Breton, Former General Counsel of Technip, Bruce Gailey, Chief Litigation Counsel of Alstom (Switzerland) Ltd., John Lowe, General Counsel of Qioptiq, and Maria Vicien Milburn, Legal Ad-viser & Director, Office of International Standards and Le-gal Affairs, UNESCO. The panel was moderated by Mark S. McNeill of Shearman & Sterling LLP and welcome remarks were delivered by Jean-Claude Najar, General Counsel France of General Electric and Chair of CPR’s European Executive Board.

There was consensus among these leading European counsels that international arbitration remains an instrument of choice for resolving cross-border commercial disputes, offering advantages in terms of neutral decision-making, procedural flexibility, finality and enforceability of awards. Throughout the evening, the speakers offered their perspective on how arbitration can be used most effectively to achieve the best results, from the drafting of arbitration clauses to the selection of arbitrators and counsels. The speakers also shared their views on the qualities they are looking for in their outside counsel. The evening ended with a networking reception which gave the opportunity to young lawyers to continue the discussion in a more informal setting.

CPR’s Y-ADR Group regularly organizes seminars and net-working events throughout the United States and Europe with the goal of familiarizing young attorneys with the full spectrum of alternative dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms used by multinational corporations. Attendees get an opportunity to meet with in-house counsels and ADR experts to analyze and hone techniques, processes, and systems that improve commercial conflict resolution efforts around the globe. This seminar on international arbitration and many others are available online as CLE on demand at www.cpradr.org and WestLegalEdcen-ter.com. The next Y-ADR seminar will take place at the New York office of Allen & Overy LLP on July 24, 2012. For more information on the CPR Institute and Y-ADR, please visit our website at www.cpradr.org and join Y-ADR on LinkedIn to find out more about future Y-ADR events.