ICC Canada Annual Conference


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ICC Canada’s 2021 Annual International Arbitration Conference, Leaning into the Future, offers an exceptional group of speakers to address several important forward-looking issues. The Conference will kick off with a discussion aimed at exploring international arbitration as a transnational system of justice and arbitral institutions as its backbone. The incoming President of the ICC Court of International Arbitration, Claudia Salomon, will share with us during a Fireside Chat her plan for the coming years at the Court. Finally, four talented advocates will spar over two hotly contested issues: the role of AI in the adjudication of disputes and its (in)ability to achieve the same or better dispute outcomes as human decision-making, and the (un)settled status of regulation of third-party funding in international commercial arbitration.

Opening Remarks : Janet Walker, Chartered Arbitrator

First Panel: Guardians of the Arbitration Universe 

Martin Doe, Senior Legal Counsel, PCA (The Hague)

Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC Court of International Arbitration (Paris)
Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy, Professor, Stockholm University (Stockholm)
George Vlavianos, Partner, DLA Piper (Doha)
Tina M. Cicchetti, Independent Arbitrator, Cicchetti Arbitration (Houston / Vancouver)

Fireside Chat

Speaker: Claudia Salomon, incoming President of the ICC Court of Arbitration
Hosted by: Stephen Drymer, Partner, Woods LLP

Debate 1: Our Brave New World – the Artificial Arbitrator 

Sarah McEachern, Partner, BLG (Vancouver)

Sophie Nappert, Arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings (London)
Todd Wetmore, Partner, Three Crowns (Paris)

Debate 2: Third Party Funding – Show me the Money Trail

Geoff Moysa, Investment Manager / Legal Counsel, OmniBridgeway (Toronto)

Andrea Bjorklund, Professor, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, McGill University (Montréal).
Wesley Pang, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (Hong Kong)

Closing Remarks: Myriam Seers, ICC Canada Vice-Chair


Sep 24 2021


10:00 am - 3:00 pm