ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators, Singapore

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  • Location: Singapore
  • Date: 15/01/2014 - 17/01/2014
  • Event Type: Training
  • Language: English

ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators: Overview of fundamentals and best practices related to serving as an arbitrator. Under the auspices of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.


Due to popular demand, the ICC Institute of World Business Law will bring its Masterclass for Arbitrators to Singapore, for this second edition in Asia.

As the practice area of international commercial arbitration has flourished within the last decade, the ICC Institute of World Business Law proposes its Masterclass for individuals interested in serving as international arbitrators. The condensed format as well as the reasonable pricing of this two and half day training makes it convenient and practical for working professionals.

This ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators will provide participants with an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into some of the new provisions of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration while learning about the latest developments and best practices related to serving as an international arbitrator.

In keeping with its commitment to excellence, ICC has recruited some of the world's leading practitioners and scholars as lecturers for this important event. Participants will have the rare opportunity to learn firsthand from them and to develop helpful contacts with arbitration practitioners from around the world. The course will consist of presentations and interactive discussions using mock cases designed to hone participants' understanding of critical theoretical concepts while also emphasizing many practical aspects involved in conducting an international arbitration.

The purpose of this course is to provide training with respect to serving as an arbitrator. Completion of the course will not result in students being awarded any type of certification or accreditation by ICC in terms of their fitness to serve as international arbitrators.

Who should attend?

This advanced level training is designed primarily for practitioners who have a significant experience in international commercial arbitration as counsel, but who have little or no experience as arbitrators. Arbitrators wishing to reinforce their knowledge may also participate. Attendees are expected to have already mastered the essentials of arbitral proceedings and ICC Arbitration, as these will not be reviewed during the Masterclass. Please note that a Curriculum Vitae is requested upon registration as candidates will be selected depending on their experience.

Wednesday 15 January: Morning 09.00 – 12.30


Constitution of the arbitral tribunal
The appointment of arbitrators starts with a selection process often involving various issues such as the interview process, the initial disclosures and conflict checks. How should a potential arbitrator deal with these issues? What do the concepts of impartiality and independence require in concrete terms and what types and level of disclosure are required? How is the chairman selected by the co-arbitrators? The sensitive issue of the arbitrator’s fees and expenses, notably institutional arbitration vs. ad hoc, will also be discussed.

Mock cases and debate
This session will feature short mock cases designed to hone participants’ understanding of critical theoretical concepts while also emphasizing many practical aspects involved in the appointment of arbitrators: “In such a case, what would you do?”

Establishing your authority over the parties and the framework for the arbitration
The arbitrator must establish his or her authority at the outset and create a suitable framework for the arbitration. This may pose particular challenges for young arbitrators or arbitrators dealing with experienced attorneys. Participants will learn manners of setting out the rules of the process at the very beginning and how to deal with issues related to the characteristics or behaviour of the parties, such as cultural differences, recalcitrant parties or how to maintain a level playing field in order to create a balance between the parties and the temptation of helping the less experienced/weaker party.

Mock cases and debate

12.30 - 14.15 Lunch

Wednesday 15 January: Afternoon 14.15 – 17.45

Conduct of the proceedings and case management techniques
This session will focus on the general administrative as well as critical procedural matters that arbitrators and parties have to deal with in order to establish an orderly and efficient process. These include issues related to jurisdiction, terms of reference, the governing law and procedural rules, multiparty arbitrations, interim measures, standards of evidence, discovery and many more. Participants will also be provided with several demonstrations on the different case management techniques available for controlling time and costs.

Questions and Answers

Conducting hearings
Conducting hearings in an efficient and fair fashion is one of the most critical and challenging tasks faced by arbitrators. Because an arbitrator is not a judicial officer with state sanctioned authority to hold parties and advocates in contempt, maintaining control and decorum may pose a significant challenge for arbitrators. The experienced lecturer will share his insights notably on the questioning of witnesses or attorneys by arbitrators, deciding whether to request additional evidence not provided by the parties and evaluating the need to appoint an expert.

Mock cases and debate

Thursday 16 January: Morning 09.00 – 12.30

Relations between arbitrators - Part 1
The relationship and interaction between arbitrators is another important component of the arbitral process. This session will focus on specific issues pertaining to relations between arbitrators such as the pathological behaviour of party appointed arbitrators, dissenting opinions and truncated tribunals, and the role of the chairman.

Relations between arbitrators - Part 2: Mock arbitral tribunal
Several demonstrations with a mock arbitral tribunal will be presented to explore and give a practical insight into the following issues: consultation with co-arbitrators before and during the hearing; getting along with your co-arbitrators; trying to build consensus; dealing with conflicting personalities or styles; dealing with perceived bias or other perceived inability to properly function.

Debate on the mock arbitral tribunal

12.30 - 14.15 Lunch

Thursday 16 January: Afternoon 14.15 – 17.45

Drafting enforceable awards
Participants will learn the general guidelines and best practices pertaining to what can be referred to as the most prominent duty of an arbitrator. Accordingly, the session will focus on the procedural as well as formal requirements, and cover the issue of the necessary substantive accuracy of the award.

Questions and answers

Working groups
Participants will be given the opportunity to study a draft award before scrutiny by the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Each working group will be responsible for reviewing part of the award and will make its comments as if it were a Counsel of the ICC Court of Arbitration Secretariat.

Mock Court Session: scrutiny of draft awards and debate
This is an opportunity for participants to witness the type of discussions that are held between members of the Court and representatives of the ICC Secretariat when reviewing a draft award. The parties to this mock court session will debate on the draft awards reviewed by the working groups.

Friday 17 January: Morning 09.00 – 13.00

Decisions as to the costs of the arbitration
The arbitral tribunal has the difficult mandatory duty to evaluate and fix the costs of the arbitration in the final award and decide in what proportion they shall be borne by the parties pursuant to article 37 of the ICC Rules. Such costs include the fees and expenses of any experts appointed by the arbitral tribunal and the reasonable legal and other costs incurred by the parties for the arbitration. Participants will benefit from the precious advice of a learned practioner on how to make such decisions.

Questions and Answers

Challenge and replacement of arbitrators
This session will focus on the different procedures applicable to the challenge and replacement of Arbitrators notably under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, but also before National Courts. The concepts of impartiality and independence will be largely discussed.

Questions and Answers

Arbitrator immunity
As in many legal endeavours, the world of arbitration involves issues related to an arbitrator’s legal exposure. The faculty will discuss the nature and extent of arbitrator immunity and provide suggestions on what an arbitrator should do if he or she gets sued. The discussion will also touch upon matters relating to potential unauthorized practice of law issues.

Questions and Answers

The New ICC 2012 Rules of Arbitration’s Emergency Arbitrator provisions
Participants will benefit from a comprehensive presentation of these brand new provisions, providing parties with potential emergency relief prior to the arbitral tribunal’s receipt of case. The main questions why? when? who? will be addressed. The practitioner will present the general characteristics of the emergency arbitrator provisions and share his experience.

Questions and Answers

Concluding remarks

Chair of the ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators

Loretta Malintoppi, Of Counsel, Eversheds LLP, Singapore; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law


Teresa Cheng, Senior Counsel, Des Vœux Chambers, Hong Kong; Chairperson, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Vice-President, International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Jason Fry, Partner, Clifford Chance, France; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Alexis Mourre, Senior Founding Partner, Castaldi Mourre & Partners, France; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Vice Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Michael Polkinghorne, Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Vinayak P. Pradhan, Partner, Skrine, Malaysia; Vice-President, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

Klaus M. Sachs, Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Eric Schwartz, Partner, King & Spalding LLP, France; Vice-President and Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Vice Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Michael Young, Co-Head, Global Arbitration Group, Allen & Overy LLP, France; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

ICC Representatives

Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General and Director of Dispute Resolution Services of the ICC, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Cheng Yee Khong, Director and Counsel, Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration – Asia Office

Logistical Notes

Dates: 15-17 January 2014

Venue: Allen & Overy (Asia) Pte Ltd, 50 Collyer Quay, #09-01 OUE Bayfront, Singapore 049321, Singapore

Registration fees

The registration fee includes all conference documentation, coffee breaks and lunches. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

Early Bird Special rate until 15 November 2013: $1,099

After 15 November 2013:
ICC Members $1,399
Non-Members $1,699

VAT exemption – French Tax Code, Article 259A5°

How to register

Easier and faster: register online (secured payment by credit card) at www.iccevents.org

Or return the registration form indicating method of payment to:

E-mail: events@iccwbo.org

Tel: +33 1 49 53 28 67

Fax: +33 1 49 53 30 30

Post: ICC Services, Training and Conferences, 38, Cours Albert 1er, 75008 Paris, France

Please send your curriculum vitae to events@iccwbo.org in addition to your registration form as candidates will be accepted depending on their experience.

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and registration fees.
To benefit from early bird rates, please note that ICC Services must receive the payment before the deadline.

Travel and accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A list of hotels in Singapore, situated near to the Masterclass venue, will be sent to you upon request.
We are only able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application once we have received your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

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Credits and hours

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 reimbursement from the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.

Singapore Institute of Legal Education CPD Accreditation

14 Public CPD Points

Practice Area: Others

Training Level: Advanced

Attendance Policy: Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. This includes signing-in on arrival and signing-out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Pleas refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.org.sg for more information.

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 13 December 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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Sponsorship opportunities

This training offers you an unrivalled opportunity to build worldwide partnerships. Partnering will get you visibility with the major decision makers in global business and/or within the international arbitration network. For further information, please read our sponsorship opportunities or contact Ms Rodriguez at: luz.rodriguez@iccwbo.org

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Event registration fees

Early Bird Special rate until 15 November 2013 $1099

After 15 November 2013: ICC Members $1399

After 15 November 2013: Non-Members $1699

Hours and credits

  • CLE Credits17

  • MCLE Credits14

  • Public CPD Points14

  • CNB Hours14

  • CPD Hours14