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          Top arbitrators to tutor ICC Masterclass participants

          • Paris, 28 January 2011

          Featuring leading arbitrators and scholars, and a mock arbitral tribunal, the ICC Institute of World Business Law’s third annual Masterclass for Arbitrators is set to take place from 28 February to 2 March at the International Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Paris.

          The three day masterclass will bring participants up to date on international commercial arbitration Yves Derains, Chairman of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, will open the training event alongside Alexis Mourre, Vice-President of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Chairman of the Masterclass. Participants will hear from 10 other leading arbitration experts, including: Antonias Dimolitsa, Partner, Antonias Dimolitsa & Associates; Julian Lew QC, Barrister, 20 Essex Street; and Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, Partner, Shearman & Sterling.

          An intensive three days of presentations and interactive discussions will bring participants up to date on latest developments and best practices in international commercial arbitration and reinforce their knowledge of the ground rules.

          The course is particularly relevant for lawyers who already have experience as counsel and now want to learn firsthand from the world’s top practitioners, what it is to work as an arbitrator,.

          “ICC’s Masterclass for Arbitrators is unique in the area of international arbitration training in that it’s both extremely useful – even for the most experienced participants – and accessible. It’s relatively short, reasonably priced and open to anyone with the right experience,” said Mr Derains. “This year, through popular demand, we’ve added an extra afternoon to increase discussion time.”

          Speakers will help participants try their hand at arbitrating in short, mock cases. Mr Derains said: “The aim is to improve participants’ understanding of critical theoretical concepts while emphasizing the practical aspects involved in conducting an international arbitration.”

          Each session will look at an aspect of an arbitrators’ role: from their appointment, and administrative matters at the commencement of proceedings, through to establishing a framework for the arbitration, conducting hearings and drafting enforceable awards. Several demonstrations with a mock arbitral tribunal will help explore questions on relations between arbitrators. A working session will also be dedicated to the drafting of enforceable awards with practical exercises. The training closes with a session on arbitrator immunity.

          The two past editions of the Masterclass for Arbitrators attracted participants from more than 25 countries. Places are filling up rapidly and numbers are limited to ensure an interactive and user-oriented experience, early booking is strongly advised.

          Attendees are expected to have already mastered the essentials of arbitral proceedings and ICC Arbitration. Some appreciative comments from participants at previous Masterclasses include:

          “An excellent, top-quality training for advanced arbitration specialists,” – Susanna Norelid, Founder and Managing Partner, Advokatfirman NorelidHolm, Stockholm (Participant in the ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, Paris, March 2010)

          “Highly instructive classes taught by prominent arbitrators,”– Lukas Wyss, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Bratschi, Wiederkehr & Buob, Bern (Participant in the ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, Paris, March 2010)

          “Now I have clear understanding about what I have to do and not to do as an arbitrator,” – Yun-Jae Baek, Attorney, Managing Partner, Hanol Law Offices, Seoul (Participant in the ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, Paris, March 2010)

          “A great opportunity for the exchange of views on international arbitration practices and procedures between practitioners with experience in international arbitration and some of the leading counsel, arbitrators and academics in the field,” – W. Laurence Craig, Senior Counsel, Orrick, Paris (Speaker at the ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, Paris, June 2009)

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