Quiet Triumph - David W Rivkin and how arbitration makes a difference

Quiet Triumph - David W Rivkin and how arbitration makes a difference

The film Quiet triumph is a documentary that will show us how arbitration changed the world. It features interviews with central players who have first-hand experienced the ground-breaking developments of arbitration. David W Rivkin (President, International Bar Association; Vice Chairman, SCC), is the first one to be presented out of those whose skills and integrity contributed to making the world a better place.

David W. Rivkin speaks about arbitration and its importance through history; “Arbitration is the grease that helps economies flow and brings us benefits around the world.” For example, he describes arbitration as a mechanism that finds a way for two parties agree to and be confident in. It can therefore be used as a tool to develop economies, jobs and human benefits around the world.

David is a litigation partner in the New York and London offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He is a man with broad experience in the fields of international litigation and arbitration.  He has been a lawyer, a leader, an advocate and an arbitrator.


The success of international arbitration is generally only understood by the actors working within it and now is the time to make an unknown story known. For many centuries, international arbitration has played an important role in enabling peaceful and constructive relationships among states. By enabling common rules and peaceful dispute resolution, arbitration has been an important building block in the growth of international trade and economic development.

The documentary film QUIET TRIUMPH, directed by Swedish documentary film producer Martin Borgs, tells the story of international arbitration, with events in Sweden in the foreground.

The film will premiere during the SCC Centennial celebrations on 19 January 2017 in Stockholm.

Register for the premiere here.

Johan Gernandt awarded prize at the CIETAC 60 year anniversary

Johan Gernandt awarded prize at the CIETAC 60 year anniversary

Swedish lawyer Johan Gernandt has been awarded CIETAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-term partnership and work with the organization's development. The ceremony was held 28 September, during the China Arbitration Summit in Beijing. The Summit is co-hosted by the CIETAC who celebrates its 60 year anniversary 2016.

Johan Gernandt was for many years the Chairperson at the SCC, which has a long history of collaboration with the CIETAC. Mr. Gernandt is since 1994 member of the panel of arbitrators for CIETAC, and is the only foreign recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Johan Gernandt comments:

I am very grateful for receiving this award. The award ceremony in
Beijing was outstanding, with many Swedes present. I believe it is
very important to develop our good and stable relations with CIETAC.”

Since 2009, Johan Gernandt works as a consultant at the Vinge law firm.

The Chinese vice Premier, as well as Sweden's ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt, attend the ceremony to show their support for the long collaboration between the Swedish and Chinese arbitration organizations.

One of the speakers in the opening session at the Summit was the President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Mr. Donald Donovan. In his speech, Mr. Donovan addressed among other things how institutions are getting more international and flexible with a wide variety of practices, but how core norms still bind the arbitration system together. He sees in the development of the international arbitration regime the emergence of a genuinely transnational justice system in commercial matters:

The ultimate end of that system is not commerce for its own sake. As
international arbitration lawyers, we should insist on the capacity of fair
and efficient dispute resolution to facilitate and promote productive
economic activity that will, in turn, enhance the social well-being of the
peoples ultimately affected by the process and, in turn yet again,
contribute to international harmony”, Mr. Donovan says.

SCC Chairperson Prof. Kaj Hobér also spoke in a session at the Summit, on the topic Emergency Arbitration -A Lasting Trend? On the 26 September, the SCC and CIETAC held a joint conference focusing on the differences and similarities about arbitration in Sweden and China.

See the presentation from the SCC-CIETAC conference

Program finalized: Bridging the Climate Change Policy Gap -The Role of International Law and Arbitration

Program finalized: Bridging the Climate Change Policy Gap -The Role of International Law and Arbitration

Paris Agreement does not include an enforcement mechanism. However, trends show that different actors have been innovative in using different legal regimes to address environmental and climate change issues. Green investors have resorted to international arbitration to resolve disputes related to, among others, incentives and government failures to enforce environmental laws. Meanwhile, more climate change litigations have been brought in domestic courts.

These trends raise questions, how can existing legal norms be used to address questions about climate change? What role does International law and arbitration have in the climate change issue?

Join us for an in-depth discussion on the above issues at the conference, Monday 21 November, in Stockholm.

Please register online here (the registration is open until 14 November 2016)

For full program and info about the speakers, click here

Contact person for the conference: Andrina Sukma

Follow this link to see the event

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