CIArb News

European Branch YMG Happy Arbitration Hours Event

07 May 2019

Happy Arbitration Hours Event “Prague Rules: Making Arbitration Great Again?” (Prague, Czech Republic)

On 25 April 2019, CIArb European Branch Young Member's Group hosted its third Happy Arbitration Hours event, this time held at DLA Piper's Prague office. The focus of the evening was, very appropriately, around the recently released Prague Rules On the Efficient Conduct of Proceedings in International Arbitration (Prague Rules). Our wonderful guest speakers, Iuliana Iancu from Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels, and Pavlína Trchalíková from DLA Piper LLP, Prague, discussed whether the Prague Rules can remedy some of the arguably negative features of arbitration, such as costs and delays, and contrasted the Prague Rules against the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (IBA Rules). The differing scopes of powers afforded to arbitrators to draw adverse inferences against non-cooperating parties during arbitral proceedings under the Prague Rules and IBA Rules were also assessed.

Happy hour event European Branch

The Prague Rules were found to be more restrictive than the IBA Rules concerning document production and cross-examination, which reflects the traditions practised in civil law jurisdictions. Further, the Prague Rules appear to encourage arbitrators to draw adverse inferences towards uncooperative parties during not only document production, as provided in the IBA Rules, but throughout the entire arbitral process. It was thus agreed by the presenters and audience members that the Prague Rules aim to position arbitrators to be more proactive, during international arbitral proceedings. Overall the evening was a great success, which ended with a cocktail reception following the presentations. CIArb European Branch Young Member's Group  would like to thank the guest speakers, DLA Piper and all of our participants for a fantastic evening. 

The next Happy Arbitration Hours event will be held in Germany later this year.

Happy Hour event European Branch

01 Feb 2023

Inaugural message from John Bassie, Ciarb President

John Bassie JP LLM FCIArb C.Arb sets out his vision and priorities as Ciarb President 2023. 

Read in Full

16 Jan 2023

Unleashing the Arbitration Project Manager Within

Amanda Lee FCIArb, Arbitrator and Consultant at Costigan King, London, shares her thoughts on the importance of project management in ADR today. Ciarb’s Principles of Project Management Applied to Arbitration is an on-demand course led by Amanda.

Read in Full

13 Jan 2023

Hot topics for international maritime arbitration in 2023

We asked George Lambrou FCIArb for his views on what international maritime arbitration holds in 2023. George is the Course Director for CIArb's Virtual Diploma in International Maritime Arbitration which starts on 5 April 2023.

Read in Full