Webinar co-organized by the UAE Branch and French Chapter of the CIArb
During this webinar our speakers will explore the tools available to an arbitrator to secure early dispute resolution (notably early disposition of issues, or putting in place an arb-med-arb procedure).
We will also discuss current trends in the increased use of tiered dispute resolution clauses by businesses, and the use of mediation by arbitration institutions some of which even incorporate advocacy of mediation into their rules. We will also discuss on whether and under what circumstances might an arbitrator or arbitral tribunal recommend to the parties that they try to either negotiate a solution to their dispute or mediate their dispute.
A special insight will be given into mediation and arbitration in the era of emerging technologies like AI, smart contracts and blockchain. We will talk about the recent developments in technology and dispute resolution, the present advantages and limitations in integrating these technologies in dispute resolution fabric, and introduce some platforms that have made progress in decentralized arbitration. We will briefly explore how SMEs or startups benefit from these developments in resolving tech-based disputes.
A presentation will be also made of the BAS (Business Arbitration Scheme) developed by the CIArb to provide simple, cost-effective, and timely resolution for disputes of low to medium monetary issues.
Opening remarks by Iryna Akulenka (Arbitrator, Chair of the UAE Branch) and Alexandre Malan (Attorney at the Paris Bar, Chair of the French Chapter).
This is a free event, pre-registration is required.
Samantha Lord Hill, Counsel – International Arbitration, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Dubai / London)
Samantha Lord Hill is Counsel within the international arbitration group at Freshfields based across Dubai and London. Her practice focuses on commercial and construction disputes arising out of major projects worldwide, particularly those in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Samantha sits on the Global Advisory Board of ICDR Young & International, the Editorial Board of the Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration and the MENA Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the International Bar Association and Arbitral Women. She also sits as arbitrator and is the co-author of the UAE Chapter of the ICCA Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, amongst other publications.
John Lowe works as an arbitrator and mediator based in Paris and New York. He has served in over forty arbitrations, both institutional and ad hoc, under a variety of rules. He is also an active mediator in France and the UK Before doing this, he was a General Counsel and In-house counsel for major international infrastructure, manufacturing, and transportation companies where he handled the panoply of legal issues facing such companies. He began his career as a diplomat with the US diplomatic service specializing in economic matters. He speaks English (passably well), Italian, French and Spanish.
Sandeep Bhalothia is a SCMA Accredited Mediation Advocate and Certified Islamic Arbitrator and Expert at International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration (IICRA). Sandeep has been working as WIPO Neutral (Arbitration and Mediation), focusing on Technology and Domain Name Disputes. He is Head of Legal Affairs at Augmented Era, where he primarily focuses on technology, data protection and dispute resolution advisory. He is also Dispute Advisor and Mediator with ODRI International, a USA based e-mediation platform. He has also worked with Kleros (a decentralized arbitration platform) as its Law and Policy Fellow. Sandeep regularly publishes on technology law and mediation. His most recent work is a book chapter on “Mediation and Ethics” published by Kluwer Law International in the book titled Conciliation and Mediation in India.
Athina Fouchard Papaefstratiou is an independent arbitrator based in Paris. She has been repeatedly included in the 10 “most highly regarded” arbitration specialists (non-partners) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by Who’sWho Legal. Athina has wide experience in disputes in the telecommunications, energy and construction sectors, as well as in disputes involving States and State entities. She is a Greek citizen and is registered with the Bar in Paris and in Athens.
Dr. Zeina Obeid is a Partner at Obeid & Partners, where she practices in the arbitration department in Paris and Dubai. She acts as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional. She is a Fellow of the CIArb and committee member of the UAE branch. She is the author of the book “Setting aside arbitral awards in the Arab Countries”, which has been cited as a reference book for practitioners around the MENA region.
Assistant Director of Policy and External Affairs, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
As Assistant Director for Policy and External Affairs, Lewis leads CIArb's influencing programme to promote all forms of alternative dispute resolution around the world. Working with partners and stakeholders, he and his team emphasise the transformative effect that ADR can have on outcomes for parties, and the role it plays in underwriting economic prosperity.
Iryna is a Senior Consultant at HKA and also acts as an arbitrator in construction disputes. Iryna is the Chair of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and also teaches International Arbitration for the Institute