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London International Disputes Week – May 2021

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London International Disputes Week – May 2021

We are pleased to co-host this international arbitration panel debate with Quadrant Chambers on 10 May at 6pm BST.

This session will analyse whether the transparency and efficiency gained by the provision of greater arbitrator and institutional powers is resulting in reduced party autonomy, once supreme in International Arbitration (and recognised in the English Arbitration Act 1996 and the New York Convention 1958) and if so, how this can be addressed.

By way of background, two major international arbitration institutions have recently updated their rules to extend the power of arbitrators to areas previously in the domain of the parties.  One such area is concerned with enabling the tribunal to overrule the parties agreed approach and instead appoint the tribunal itself in order to avoid a “significant risk of unequal treatment and unfairness”.  Is this to be welcomed by the arbitration community?  The panel will look at this and other examples.

Our panel includes Damian Honey, Head of International Arbitration, HFW; James Turner QC, Quadrant Chambers; Ania Farren, Omnia Strategy and Chair of the ICC UK Committee for Arbitration and ADR; and Noradele Radjai, partner at Lalive.

There will be an opportunity for virtual networking after the debate.


HFW is also hosting the Maritime Arbitration in London session on 14 May at 12:30 BST.  To register your interest, please follow this link.

In addition to signing up for this event, please register for LIDW21 here, which includes 16 virtual sessions delivered by leading experts in their fields, four unmissable keynote addresses by high-profile dispute resolution figures, and many vital opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world.  LIDW is a collaborative, representative, world-class and forward-thinking body that demonstrates London’s commitment to innovation and excellence.

Please see our flagship comparative guide to international arbitration here.

 Damian Honey

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