Event Description

Global Arbitration Review is delighted to once again host this full-day event in Stockholm. The conference will consist of four sessions in which our panellists will explore the leading issues in international arbitration; including how to get the right chemistry when choosing a tribunal and whether main hearings are too short. Our GAR Live symposium will also offer the audience an exclusive opportunity to propose questions and weigh in on hot topics with our esteemed chairs James Hope of Vinge, and Jakob Ragnwaldh of Mannheimer Swartling. The event will also see the return of the popular GAR Live Inquisition, where our inquisitors pose our witnesses the question: is oral advocacy overrated?

This conference is expected to include an audience of practitioners from across Sweden, Europe and the rest of the world, allowing delegates to connect with and learn from like-minded individuals.

Monday, 20 May 2019, Grand Hôtel and Operaterassen, Stockholm

The Swedish Arbitration Association and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce have the pleasure of inviting you to a half day conference and gala dinner in Stockholm on 20 May 2019.

The new revisions modernizing the Swedish Arbitration Act came into effect on 1 March 2019, complementing the recently revised SCC Rules and new court procedures – all enhancing arbitration efficiency, effectiveness and transparency. At this half day conference, key revisions and other developments in Swedish arbitration will be discussed with panels of acclaimed practitioners. Join us at the event to update your knowledge and celebrate the new revisions to the Swedish Arbitration Act.

The half day conference will take place between 12:45 – 17:00 at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. The conference will be followed by a gala dinner at the beautiful Operaterrassen.”

Event Schedule


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Welcome

Jakob Ragnwaldh, Mannheimer Swartling

9.15: Session one: How to get the right chemistry when choosing an arbitral tribunal

What factors should be considered when choosing an arbitral tribunal? What is the secret to getting a panel that can work together and make a final decision jointly? In this panel, leading names will share their unique industry perspective and the benefit of their wisdom on the importance of tribunal chemistry.

In particular, the panel is expected to discuss:

  • Perspectives from the claimant, respondent, co-arbitrator and chair
  • Is there a “one size fits all” approach, or a “one size fits all” set of principles?
  • When trying to get it right, what can go wrong?

Andrea Carlevaris, BonelliErede 

Anja Ipp, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Yasmine Lahlou, Chaffetz Lindsey
Mélanie van Leeuwen, Derains & Gharavi
Pontus Scherp, Norburg & Scherp

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format. Participants will be invited to submit topics in advance for general discussion.

James Hope, Vinge
Jakob Ragnwaldh, Mannheimer Swartling

12.15: Networking lunch

13.45: Session three: Are main hearings too short?

What is the optimum length for a hearing? Amid concerns about time and cost, it is becoming harder and harder to secure multi-week hearings, particularly under some sets of rules. Is this a problem? If the arbitrators are skilful enough, is it not possible to achieve – for instance, in a week – what might take far longer in a national court? And who benefits from longer hearings – apart from the lawyers?

Points of discussion are expected to include:

  • How should the hearing be structured, particularly in document-intensive cases?
  • How do arbitral tribunals determine what length of hearing is appropriate?
  • Are arbitrators and counsel – consciously or subconsciously – influenced by their mode of remuneration?
  • When one side disagrees with the proposed hearing length, is there a way to bring them around? Or are challenges and procedural skirmishing at that point inevitable?
  • Will it be damaging to international arbitration if users generally take the view that hearings are too short?

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers

Ginta Ahrel, Westerberg & Partners
Jimmy Skjold Hansen, Plesner
Annet van Hooft, van Hooft
Torsten Lörcher, CMS

15.00: Coffee break

15.30: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition – is oral advocacy overrated?

This session will replicate a US senate committee hearing or a UK House of Commons select committee session, in which a succession of witnesses are “grilled” by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors.

The committee will examine whether oral advocacy really is the key to winning a case.  Specialist oral advocates are often celebrated in litigation, particularly in common law jurisdictions — but are they as important in international arbitration?

Points of discussion are expected to include:

  • Is written advocacy now more important that oral advocacy?
  • Is there too much focus on witnesses and on cross-examination?
  • Do arbitrators make up their minds before coming to the hearing?
  • Do native English speakers have an advantage, or a disadvantage?

Philip Clifford QC, Latham & Watkins
Daniel Saoul QC, 4 New Square

James Boykin, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Dmitry Dyakin, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Cecilia Möller Norsted, Vinge
Fredrik Ringquist, Mannheimer Swartling

17.00: Keynote speech

Prof. Catherine Rogers, Professor of Ethics, Regulation and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary University of London

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

James Hope, Vinge

17.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception

Event Information


May 21, 2019


Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm




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