International Arbitration and Substantive Applicable Law

S1311 ICC Institute Annual Meeting button
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Date: 05/12/2013
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English and French with simultaneous translation

33rd Annual meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law

33rd Annual meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law

The ICC Institute of World Business Law

The ICC Institute of World Business Law acts as a think-tank working closely with the ICC International Court of Arbitration. The council is composed of 40 members of 21 nationalities, all experienced professionals or academics in international business law or international commercial arbitration. Created over 30 years ago, the Institute provides research, training and information to the legal professional concerned with the development of international business law. In line with its philosophy of excellence, it proposes publications, trainings and conferences on different topics related to international business law.

Conference Highlights

This conference deals with a number of issues which arise in the context of the application of the substantive law by arbitrators.

How should the contents of the applicable law be proved by the parties?

Are the arbitrators free to ascertain the applicable rules of law independently from the parties?

Are arbitrators bound by judicial precedents established by the courts of the country the law of which applies?

And, more generally, how should arbitrators deal with possible contradictions between the applicable law and the clauses agreed by the parties in their contract as well as in cases where the applicable rules of law are in conflict with the reasonable expectations of parties engaged in international business?

The purpose of the conference is to analyse and discuss these critical issues which are frequently faced by arbitrators and counsel in international disputes.

In principle, the proceedings will be published in the “Dossiers of the Institute” series, and a copy of the publication will be sent to all those who register for this Annual Meeting.

Who should attend?

All professionals involved in international trade and dispute resolution: lawyers, arbitrators, magistrates, academics and corporate counsel.

Event photos

Thursday 5 December 2013

09.00 Registration

MORNING 09.30-13.00

Welcome address and introduction

Choice of the applicable law by the parties

  • Introductory remarks
  • The options for the parties: domestic law of one of the parties, law of a third country, lex mercatoria, Unidroit Principles
  • To what extent can the parties "manipulate" the law chosen? Depeçage, stabilization clauses, exclusion of mandatory rules

Establishing the contents of the applicable rules of law

  • Means of proving the contents of the applicable law: submission by parties, expert opinion, etc.
  • Role of the parties and of the arbitrators
  • To what extent can the arbitrators introduce new issues ex officio?
Interpretation of the rules of national legislation by arbitrators
  • Are arbitrators bound to respect national case law to the same extent that a court of that country would do?
  • Should the arbitrators take into account arbitral jurisprudence? Is it relevant that such “arbitral case law” is based on different domestic laws?

To what extent should arbitrators respect national case law? The German experience regarding the law on standard terms (AGB)

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Afternoon 14.30-17.30

Can arbitrators deal with hierarchical conflicts of laws (e.g. between a law and the constitution)?

Resolving conflicts between contractual clauses and specific rules of the governing law

  • Strict application of the law or flexible approach
  • The arbitral experience

How to comply with the applicable law while taking into account the expectations of the parties and the needs of international commerce?

Closing address

Award Ceremony of the 2013 Institute Prize and cocktail reception

Chairman of the ICC Institute of World Business Law

  • Yves Derains, Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, France; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration


  • Fabio Bortolotti, Partner, Buffa, Bortolotti & Mathis, Italy; Chairman, ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Pierre Mayer, Partner, Dechert LLP, France; Professor Emeritus of University Paris I; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law


  • Bernard Audit, Professor Emeritus of the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), France
  • Klaus-Peter Berger, Professor of Law, University of Cologne, Germany; Chairman, DIS (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit)
  • Matthieu de Boisséson, Partner, Darrois, Villey, Maillot, Brochier, Paris; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Philip Capper, Partner, White & Case LLP, United Kingdom; Professor of Law, King's College London; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Antonio Crivellaro, Of Counsel, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Milan, Italy; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Antonias Dimolitsa, Founding Partner, Antonias Dimolitsa & Associates, Greece; Vice-Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Horacio Grigera Naon, Independent Arbitrator, United States; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Mohanadass Kanagasabai, Partner, Mohanadass Partnership, Malaysia
  • William W. Park, Professor of Law, Boston University, United States; General Editor, Arbitration International; President, London Court of International Arbitration
  • François Perret, Lawyer, Switzerland; Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Geneva; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Tarek Fouad A. Riad, Managing Partner,Kosheri, Rashed & Riad, Egypt; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dubai International Arbitration Centre; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Logistical notes


Thursday 5 December 2013


Maison des Polytechniciens

12, rue de Poitiers, 75007 Paris, France

Registration fees

The registration fee includes all conference documentation, lunch and cocktails, as well as a copy of the publication of the proceedings of the conference, should they be published. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

Until 4 October 2013: “Early Bird Special”

• €740*

After 13 September 2013:

• ICC members: €1025*

• Non-members: €1140*

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Travel and accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A list of hotels in Paris, with which ICC has negotiated preferential room rates, will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration form.

We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

Working languages

English and French

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Credits and hours (please adapt)

ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York's approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is a Solicitors Regulation Authority and General Council of the Bar of England and Wales External CPD Course Provider. French bars: This training has been sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for the reimbursement of this course before the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 31 October 2013. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

Please note that ICC Services reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Services will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


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Partnership opportunities

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Contact us

Programme and logistics: Katharine Bernet, Project Manager, Email Katharine Bernet, Tel: +33 1 49 53 28 91

Registration issues: Sylvette Abenzoar, Sales Administrator, Email Sylvette Abenzoar, Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 67

Sponsorship: Luz Rodriguez, Global Partnerships Manager, Email Luz Rodriguez, Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 42

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Event Sponsor/s

  • Nassar Law
  • Juris

Event registration fees

Early-bird rate until 4 October 2013 €740

ICC Member rate after 4 October 2013 €1025

Non-Member rate after 4 October 2013 €1140

Hours and credits

  • CLE credits7

  • MCLE credits6

  • CPD hours5,5

  • CNB hours, awaiting approval6