The world tour of The Quiet Triumph: How Arbitration Changed the World continues. Next stops are Beijing and Hong Kong.
The Quiet Triumph featured some international arbitration experts from China, including Professor Tang Houzhi, the former Vice Chairman of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Professor Tang spoke about his experience when disputes arose between China and the West, which made it difficult for parties to agree on the seat of arbitration. In this situation, parties often agreed on Stockholm, because of Sweden’s long known reputation of neutrality. The movie also featured some younger generation, such as Jessica Fei from Herbert Smith Freehills and Dai Wen from Mannheimer Swartling.
CIETAC is hosting a movie screening in Beijing on 14 June 2017 and Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) is hosting similar event in Hong Kong the next day. Both events will kick off with a short seminar where speakers, including SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson and SCC Vice Chairperson Jakob Ragnwaldh will address different trends in international arbitration, including emergency arbitrator proceedings.
The event is a collaboration between CIETAC, HKIAC and Herbert Smith FreeHills.
On 12 May 2017, energy policy experts and state representatives gathered at the Brussels International Energy Charter Forum. On the agenda was how to unlock sustainable energy investments to fulfill the promises in the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.
The Energy Charter Secretariat hosted the event at its new headquarter in Brussels. In front of more than a hundred participants, speakers provided their insights about the importance energy policies that are stable and long-term, both on domestic and regional levels.
In her opening remarks, SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson emphasized that the Energy Charter Treaty represents an important legal framework in promoting sustainable energy investments. She also mentioned that in Sweden, there has been discussion about making the fulfillment of climate change mitigation targets a matter of law.
Rachel Kyte, CEO for the global initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), set the scene for the conference with her keynote speech by underlining that there is no shortage of capital to achieve a sustainable energy for all. She mentioned that in some countries, trends have been positive, for instance in the latest power generator bid in India, the price of electricity from solar panel outperformed those from fossil-based sources.
Finally, SCC Communications Consultant Sukma Dwi Andrina presented the Stockholm Treaty Lab Prize, where the SCC aims to contribute to a better policy-making to boost green investments through initiating an innovation contest.
The SCC has been cooperating with the Energy Charter Secretariat on a number of conferences before, including by hosting the Stockholm Energy Charter Forum in February 2016.
On 16 May 2017, around 70 guests attended the official launch of Gunnar Lagergren’s biography, Skiljedomens ädla konst – internationell domare för handel, fred och mänskliga rättigheter. SCC hosted the event and among the guests were Sweden-based legal experts, members of the Lagergren family as well as Jan Eliasson, the former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.
SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson opened the event by introducing the idea behind the book as well as the author, Anders Johnson. Mr Johnson is a well-renowned Swedish author and has written many books on other important Swedish figures. Ms Magnusson also spoke about how the life of Mr Lagergren and his wife Nina was an inspiration for the movie The Quiet Triumph – How Arbitration Changed the World and how important Mr Lagergren was in making Sweden a top tier country in international arbitration.
SCC Chairperson Kaj Hobér spoke about his experience of working with Mr Lagergren in several occasions. He especially mentioned the Taba case where Mr Lagergren chaired the arbitration that resulted in a peaceful settlement in a long and complex border conflict between Egypt and Israel.
Bengt Lagergren, the son of Mr Lagergren, ended the seminar with his speech about how the book has given the family new knowledge about his father, and that they were very happy that the SCC and Mr Johnson made it possible to document the life of his father and share it with the public.
The book is now available at Adlibris and Akademibokhandeln.