ICAL Conference 2018: Navigating the Muddy Waters of Modern Arbitration

Stockholm in Christmas

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ICAL Master Program, the ICALAA will be holding an international arbitration conference in Stockholm on 7 November 2018.

For fifteen years, Stockholm University has been offering world-class advance training in arbitration through its master program in International Commercial Arbitration Law (ICAL). The ICAL program has achieved top rankings in global studies of LL.M programs and it has also been instrumental in spreading the knowledge about Swedish arbitration law and Sweden as a leading arbitration seat around the world.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ICAL Master Program, the ICAL Alumni Association will be holding an international arbitration conference in Stockholm on 7 November 2018.  The conference will take place in conjunction with the Global Orals of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Competition on 8-11 November 2018. The conference will explore new developments in the field of international arbitration, inspired by the issues raised in the FDI Moot, among others.



The Theatre Ship (Teaterskeppet), Skeppsbrokajen 104, 111 30 Stockholm (maps).



08:30 – 09:00 - Registration

09:00 – 09:15 - Opening remarks: Alison Tibell, Legal Counsel, The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

09:15 – 09:45 - Key-note address: Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator (USA)


09:45 – 11:00 - Session 1 - Hot topics and recent developments in arbitration

Panelists: Steven Finizio, Partner, WilmerHale (UK), Dr. Richard Happ, Partner, Luther (Germany), Fredrik Andersson, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling (Sweden), Marieke van Hooijdonk, Partner, Allen & Overy (The Netherlands)

Moderator: Joel Dahlquist Cullborg, Uppsala University (Sweden)

The panel will discuss the latest controversies, breaking news and trends taking place in international arbitration.


11:00 – 11:30 - Networking refreshments break


11:30 – 12:45 - Session 2 – Public interests in international arbitration

Panelists: José Rosell, Independent Arbitrator (Denmark), Christophe Guilbert de Bruet, Counsel, Lalive (Switzerland), Stefan Dudas, Associate, Derains & Gharavi (France), Natalie Sheehan, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK)

Moderator: Brian Kotick, Senior Associate, Winston & Strawn (UK)

An increased number of commercial and investment arbitration involve to some extent an evaluation of a public interest. The panel will address whether international commercial and investment arbitration has the requisite capacity to address these concerns: “public purpose” or “police powers” exception, Public-Private contracts and partnerships, access to arbitration for other stakeholders than the parties and much more.


12:45 – 14:00 - Networking lunch


14:00 – 15:15 - Session 3 – Shareholder’s rights in arbitration

Panelists: Richard Caldwell, Principal, Brattle Group (UK), Stephen Fietta, Principal, Fietta (UK), Johan Sidklev, Partner, Roschier (Sweden), Ema Vidak Gojkovic, Senior Associate, King & Spalding (UK)

Moderator: Dr. Crina Baltag, Bedfordshire University (UK)

The claimant of today is no longer just a single corporate entity, it is a group of companies with innumerable shareholders. The law governing private corporations of national jurisdictions or governing provisions in an investment treaty context dictate very different outcomes for the status of shareholders in arbitration as well as the admissibility and recoverability of their claims.


15:15 – 15:45 - Networking refreshments break


15:45 – 17:00 - Session 4 – How to handle parallel proceedings

Panelists: James Hope, Partner, Vinge (Sweden), Christopher Moore, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (UK), Gretta Walters, Associate, Chaffetz Lindsey (USA), Simon Wolfe, Senior Associate, Amsterdam & Partners (UK).

Moderator: Polina Permyakova, Counsel, Delphi (Sweden)

As arbitral disputes become more complex, parties in arbitration are sometimes faced with the challenge of navigating parallel proceedings under multiple instruments in multiple fora. This panel will address a myriad of issues related to parallel proceedings, including the interrelationship between national courts and arbitral tribunals, the effect of national court judgments on issues of liability and quantum in an arbitration, as well as exploring general principles of lis pendens and res judicata in international arbitration.


17:00 – 17:05 - Closing remarks

17:05 – 18:00 - Networking Drinks Reception

18:00 - Conference Dinner




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