On February 6, SCC legal counsel Anja Havedal Ipp spoke about diversity in arbitration at an event in Oslo. Organized by Norwegian law firm Haavind, the forum gathered more than 150 of Norway’s foremost lawyers, arbitrators and judges, and was intended as a venue for dispute resolution lawyers to meet and discuss trends and common challenges.
Two panels discussed new technology in dispute resolution, and diversity in dispute resolution, respectively. In her presentation, Ms Havedal Ipp explained that most leading arbitral institutions report that only about 20% of all arbitral appointments are women, and that even fewer are from countries outside of Western Europe and North America. She also discussed several initiatives, such as the ERA Pledge that seek to bring greater diversity into the arbitration field.
A report on the event is available here (in Norwegian).
Screening of the Quiet Triumph in Rome
The Quiet Triumph: How Arbitration Changed the World had its Italian premiere in Rome on 9 February 2018.
The screening was arranged and hosted by Legance in Rome and in collaboration with the Italian branch of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Program in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW) of the Loyola University Chicago, the Milan Arbitration Chamber and the SCC.
The screening was preceded by presentation of Legance’s Pro Bono work and projects, held by Cecilia Carrara, partner at Legance in charge of the arbitration practice and coordinating the corporate social activities of the Firm. Representatives of Milano Arbitration Chamber (Benedetta Coppo), ICC Italy (Maria Beatrice Deli) and SCC (Natalia Petrik) introduced the film by providing examples of peace dispute resolution through arbitration.
The event attracted a diverse audience of over 40 people, consisting of law students, academics and arbitrators. The presentation and the movie attained substantial interest from the audience, not only from those working directly with law or arbitration.
The interest in the movie led to the planning of another screening in Milan in September 2018.
London: SCC discusses EU investment court proposal
On February 5, SCC Legal Counsel Anja Havedal Ipp spoke at the third annual conference of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), which gathered more than 100 lawyers and academics at the Senate House of the University of London.
Topics of discussion included non-disputing third parties and their influence on arbitration, investment regulation and arbitration, and human rights, environment and arbitration. Ms Havedal Ipp participated in a panel discussing a keynote speech by Judge Charles N. Bower, entitled "Why the EU Investment Court System Is Destined To Fail Foreign Investors And Host States Alike?" Other panelists were Cherie Blair QC and Dirk Pulkowski of the PCA.
More information on the conference is available on the EFILA website.
EFILA has previously published a position paper on the proposed investment court system.