Modern Arbitration: LIVE The Role of Procedural Soft Law in International Arbitration

Modern Arbitration: LIVE
Discussing arbitration in a comparative perspective

The Role of Procedural Soft Law in International Arbitration

Soft law has become an integral part of international arbitration practice, despite its non-binding nature. Practitioners, however, more often discuss its drawbacks and consider its potential amendments to make soft law instruments in arbitration more efficient and practically useful.

  • How the IBA soft law instruments are perceived in practice, in particular: IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest, IBA Rules on Taking Evidence, IBA Guidelines on Party Representation?
  • What is the approach of common law and civil law practitioners to the IBA soft law instruments?
  • What are the potential amendments to the existing IBA soft law instruments?
  • Are there any new soft law instruments under consideration among the arbitration community?
  • Is there a need for an alternative to soft law instruments regarding procedural aspects of arbitration?
  • Which soft law instruments are applicable in investment arbitration: what makes them special and important?

The leading arbitration practitioners from Russia and foreign jurisdictions, who deal with soft law instruments in their everyday practice, will discuss these and some other practical questions concerning the role of procedural soft law instruments in international arbitration.

The speakers:

Sergey Alekhin, Attorney, Associate Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (Paris)

Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke (London)

Nikita Kondrashov, Associate, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (Hamburg)

Olga Tsvetkova, Attorney, Senior Associate, EPAM (Moscow)

Diego Gossis, Partner, GST (Miami) 

Eleni Polycarpou, Partner, Co-Head of International Arbitration Practice, Withersworldwide (London)

Moderated by: Andrey Gorlenko, the Executive Administrator,
Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration

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The number of seats is limited

The language of the discussion: English

Date and time: 7 February 2018 (Wednesday), 19.00 – 21.00, followed by a networking reception

Venue: Center of International and Comparative Legal Research,
Moscow, Kadashevskaya naberezhnaya, 14, 3.