Fourth Annual ICC Asia-Pacific Conference

  • Location: Seoul
  • Date: 19/05/2014 - 21/05/2014
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English
On 19-21 May 2014, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce will be organizing the Fourth Annual ICC Asia-Pacific Conference "International Arbitration - A Regional Journey". The aim of this two-day conference is to spark a spirited debate among panelists and participants from both sides of the Pacific as they discuss trends in international arbitration practice in the Asia-Pacific Region.


As the economy and cross-border transactions surge in the Asia-Pacific region, so does dispute resolution. Consequently, the region remains at the cutting edge of arbitration trends. Join us on a journey of the exciting developments that continue to enhance the Asia-Pacific region. We will learn from practitioners, arbitrators, in-house counsel and law makers why the region has embraced the benefits of international arbitration and how it seeks to find ways to make best practices more accessible. The conference will explore the issues which affect the international arbitration field now and learn about the opportunities that are yet to come.

Who should attend

Arbitrators, legal practitioners, in-house counsel, and academics who wish to know more about developments in international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Monday, 19 May 2014

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Lotte Hotel Seoul
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-Gu
Seoul 100-721

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Country Focus: South Korea

With a vigorous economy and modern arbitration laws, South Korea is well positioned to be deemed one of the most promising frontiers for international business transactions. In a nutshell, South Korea has long been a signatory of the New York Convention; their federal legislation, the Arbitration Act of Korea, mirrors the key provisions of the UNCITRAL model law; they have entered into a progressive FTA with the U.S.; and, South Korean courts have proven to be very positive and arbitration friendly when deciding arbitration-related disputes. With a seemingly positive framework in place, where is South Korea headed in the international arbitration world? Have they come to embrace investment arbitration? This panel will open the conference by providing attendees an overview of how South Korea progressed to this point, the issues they are facing today, and their prospects for the future.


10:45 - 11:05 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:05 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Bridging the Gap: The Impact of Culture on the International Arbitration Process

Is there a significant difference in holding an arbitration in a jurisdiction in the east as opposed to one in the west? Can parties expect any special nuances when going before an arbitrator from a country of Asian culture compared to one with a U.S. or Canadian background? Similarly, how do counsel from these different regions diverge in style when presenting their cases? Many scholars agree that East Asian culture is one of “consensus building” as opposed to the Western tradition of zealous advocacy, which can lead to a significant difference in how proceedings are conducted. This panel will discuss nuances in Asian and North American culture which affect arbitration and highlight the practical differences that commonly arise. Finally, they will sum up their discussion by offering insight on how to tailor a case to suit the players from these various cultures.


12:35 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

International Investment Arbitration in Asia

One of the fastest growing sectors in the world of international arbitration is undoubtedly investment and state-party arbitration. As a large, diverse and generally arbitration-forward region, Asia is well positioned to be at the forefront of this trend. This panel will discuss recent arbitration cases involving Asian states, viable and beneficial dispute resolution options including the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, and touch upon the BITs in place with governments with Asia. The panelists will also share their thoughts on how they see investment and state party arbitration evolving in the region over the next decade.


3:15 - 3:35 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:35 - 5:00 p.m.

Regional Overview: The Latest Initiatives Impacting International Arbitration

As economic trade and investment continue to flow across borders, businesses from around the world increasingly turn to international arbitration as their preferred method of dispute resolution. Often times, these results in a positive shift in laws and initiatives passed by individual governments for the purpose of encouraging international arbitration, and thus, cross border business transactions. In this panel, we will be provided an update of the legal landscapes in Singapore, Malaysia, the U.S. (California) and Canada.


7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Highlight on Jurisprudence: The Latest on the Approach of U.S. Courts and Hong Kong Courts in Enforcing International Arbitration Awards

A recent string of federal U.S. cases have provided varied reasons for the non-enforcement of some international arbitration awards: the doctrine of forum non conveniens, lack of personal jurisdiction, and non-compliance with a pre-condition to arbitrate, to name a few. Do these decisions work to safeguard the legitimacy of the international arbitration process or are they overreaching and just create more uncertainty for parties looking to enforce their awards in the U.S.? On the other side of the Pacific, Hong Kong courts have put forth a decision which works to reinforce their willingness to give great deference to the power of arbitral tribunals by enforcing a contentious award. This panel of U.S. and Hong Kong practitioners will summarize the key cases from the past year of each jurisdiction and discuss the reaction from the international arbitration community.


10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Corporate Counsel Roundtable: A Discussion on the State of International Arbitration in Asia and North America

Going into the fourth year of this conference, we continue the tradition of holding a panel discussion amongst in-house counsel in order to gain their viewpoint on the state of international arbitration in Asia and North America. How have their views evolved on dispute resolution? Are they satisfied with the speed and efficiency of the process? What are the challenges they see continuing to plague the system? With economic growth progressing in both regions, it is inevitable that more business will be transacted and inexorably, that more disputes will arise. How does international arbitration best fill this vacuum? This panel will close the conference with sharp and honest insight into these questions.


12:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Expected speakers

  • Mark Beckett, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, New York
  • John Beechey, President, International Court of Arbitration®, Paris
  • Fred Bennett, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Los Angeles
  • Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General, International Court of Arbitration®, Paris
  • Cedric Chao, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, San Francisco
  • Simon Chapman, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Hong Kong
  • Teresa Cheng, SC, Des Voeux Chambers, Hong Kong
  • Craig Chiasson, Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
  • Peter Chow, Partner, Squire Sanders, Hong Kong
  • Mark Feldman, Assistant Professor of Law, Peking University, Shenzhen
  • Grant Kim, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco
  • Ji H. Kim, General Counsel, Legal Affairs Group, POSCO ENERGY Co., Seoul
  • Joongi Kim, Professor, Yonsei Law School, Seoul
  • Jun-Hee Kim, General Counsel, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Seoul
  • Kevin Kim, Partner, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC; ICC Court member for Korea, Seoul
  • Christopher Lau SC, Independent Arbitrator, Singapore
  • Young Seok Lee, Partner, Yulchon LLC, Seoul
  • L. Rod Manning, Former General Counsel, The Racal Corp.; Thales, Inc.; Siemens Enterprise Communications; Miami
  • Mark Morril, Former Deputy General Counsel, Viacom; Independent Arbitrator, MorrilADR, New York
  • Alexis Mourre, Partner, Castaldi Mourre & Partners, Paris
  • Luis O'Naghten, Partner, Akerman Senterfitt, Miami
  • William Woong Chul Park, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, SK Telecom Co., Seoul
  • Andrew Pullen, Counsel, Allen & Overy LLP, Singapore
  • Kim Rooney, Arbitrator, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong
  • Claudia Salomon, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York
  • Lawrence Schaner, Partner, Jenner & Block, Chicago
  • Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Director, Arbitration & ADR, North America, International Court of Arbitration®, New York
  • Steven Smith, Partner, Jones Day, San Francisco
  • Christopher Tahbaz, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Hong Kong
  • Sylvia Tee, Director, Arbitration & ADR, Asia, International Court of Arbitration®, Singapore
  • Alvin Yeo S.C., Senior Partner, WongPartnership LLP, Singapore
  • June Junghye Yeum, Partner, Lee & Ko, Seoul
  • BC Yoon, Partner, Kim & Chang; ICC Court member for Korea (alternate), Seoul
  • Ling Zeng, VP & Head of Legal, Asia Pacific, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., Singapore

Date: 19-21 May 2014

Language: English

Venue for the Welcome Cocktail:


14, Samchung-ro, Jongro-gu

Seoul 110-190

Venue for the Conference:

Lotte Hotel Seoul

30, Eulji-ro, Jung-Gu

Seoul 100-721

Venue for the Conference Dinner :

Ilhwadang of SamcheongGak

330-115 Seongbuk 2-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu

Seoul 136-823

Lotte Hotel reservations

Register to the Fourth Annual ICC Asian-Pacific Coference

Download Document(s)