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FRIDAY, 26 APRIL 2019
8:45 AMConference Registration
9:20 - 9:30 AMWelcome Addressby:
the President of the CIArb European Branch
Martin Maisner, Independent attorney and arbitrator, Member of the Board of the Czech Bar Association
9:30 - 10 AM Keynote Speaker: Wolf Kurzel Runtscheiner
General Counsel, Soletanche Bachy International Vinci Group
10:00 - 11:15 AM Brexit & International Arbitration: the Rise of Regional Hubs in Europe as Alternatives to London?
If Brexit, whether soft or hard, becomes a reality, how will it affect the European arbitration market and the other major arbitration capitals on the continent? Could it actually revitalize other jurisdictions, especially those from Central and Eastern Europe in particular. What will it look like to be in Europe without being in the EU, considering the Norwegian and the Swiss Examples?
11:45 AM - 1 PM The Future of Investment Arbitration in Europe in the Wake of Achmea, for Better or for Worse…
Achmea appears to have marked the entry into a new era, where classical investment arbitration is no longer a privileged route to protect intra-EU investments. In light of the flow of investments and related disputes between Western Europe and Central and Eastern European parties, how will there be legal security in the future in that field? Will we see a new dynamic emerge, for better or for worse?
Moderator: Michal Čáp Senior Associate – ROWAN LEGAL (Czech Republic)
George Lambrou Consultant Solicitor – Keystone Law (England)
Karen Denise Akinci General Manager – Akinci Law Office (Turkey)
Ralph Kilches Partner – Kilches Legal (Austria)
Jaroslav Kudrna Legal Advisor – Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
1:00 - 2:30 PM Lunch Break
2:30 - 4:00 PM International Arbitration and the Rise of Nationalism and Populism: Is it the End… or the Beginning?
Arbitration and justice, on one hand, and governments and politics, on the other, have always entertained complex relationships. It seems this is even truer today where the rule of law is being restricted and sometimes questioned at the highest levels and where tensions among European nations are increasing. Will arbitration suffer from this political context or does it present a new opportunity?
Moderator: Thomas Lennarz Partner – CMS Hasche Sigle (Germany)
Jacopo Monaci Naldini Partner – JMU Law Firm (Italy)
Tomasz Cyrol Attorney – Tomasz Cyrol Advocate (Poland)
Jana Jandová Director – Deloitte (France)
4:00 - 4:30 PM Refreshment Break
4:30 - 6:00 PM The Ongoing Battle for More Diversity, Gender Equality and Ethics: Is Arbitration Struggling More than Ever for Greater Legitimacy?
While arbitration is supposed to reflect the will of equal parties and thus their diversity, it seems the goal of a more diverse, gender-equal and ethical arbitration community has not yet been reached. How far are we from this ideal world? What can we expect in the future?
Moderator: Burcu Osmanoglu Partner – Osmanoglu Law Firm (Turkey)
Martin Maisner Independent attorney and arbitrator, Member of the Board of the Czech Bar Association
Marijke Lengyel-Verresen Senior Counsel – Conway & Partners (The Netherlands)
7:00 PM Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner at Villa Richter
SATURDAY, 27 APRIL 2019
9:30 - 10:30 AM Arbitration as a “luxury” only Accessible to Wealthy Elitists and Experts: Time to Change the Perception?
Arbitration is sometimes, especially in Europe, criticized for being an ivory tower, accessible to only a privileged few, such that it is too burdensome, too complicated, and too expensive. It this criticism still justified? Has it been remedied? How can the perception of arbitration as a privileged form of justice be improved?