On September 14-15, SCC Legal Counsel Anja Havedal Ipp participated in the Kazan Legal Forum 2017.
The Forum gathered several hundred lawyers, business representatives and policy makers to discuss legal and economic developments in Russia, as well as prospects for investment cooperation between different countries and regions. Panel discussions addressed legal aspects of infrastructure projects, investments in innovation, corporate law issues, the structuring of international business agreements, and dispute resolution.
Ms Havedal Ipp was one of the speakers at a panel discussion entitled “The Russian LCIA? Looking at the Initial Results of Russia’s Arbitration Reform.” She spoke about SCC:s experience with Russia-related cases, and discussed what an arbitration institute can do to best serve the needs of its users. Other speakers on the panel included Smrithi Ramesh, Head of Legal Services at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, and Roman Zykov, Secretary General of the Russian Arbitration Association.
Robert Coulson, former head of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), died on 9 September 2017, at the age of 93. He was among the longest-serving AAA presidents, and played an important role in expanding the use of alternative dispute resolution in the United States and internationally.
AAA and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) cooperated on many occasions in the field of international arbitration. Robert Coulson was instrumental in the creation, and indeed one of the signatories, of the USA-USSR Optional Clause Agreement in 1977, which provided for Sweden as the place of arbitration in disputes between Soviet, later Russian, and US commercial entities – with the SCC as appointing authority and administrative agency.
Several joint AAA/SCC conferences and seminars were held over the following years. One memorable such event was the conference held in Philadelphia in 1988 in connection with the 350th anniversary of the establishment of New Sweden, the permanent settlement by Swedes in North America. Robert Coulsen took the initiative to the conference and was particularly happy to welcome KingCarl XVI Gustafas the Guest of Honour at the event.
In 2016, Robert Coulson appeared in the documentary film Quiet Triumph, produced by the SCC to portray the role of arbitration in world affairs. The film premiered in January 2017, when the SCC celebrated its first 100 years of dispute resolution.
Robert Coulson wrote many books on alternative dispute resolution. A dedicated sailor, he also wrote several novels on the theme of sailing. His memoir, entitled “A Cheerful Skeptic, Sailing Through Life” was published in 2013.
Robert Coulson was an inspiring and encouraging member of the international arbitration community, and he will be greatly missed.
The Quiet Triumph in D.C.
The Quiet Triumph will be screened for the second time in the United States. This time, Dechert LLP is hosting a screening in their offices in Washington D.C.
Dechert LLP in Washington D.C. is hosting the screening at their offices, which will start with a mingle. Arif H. Ali, co-chair of Dechert's international arbitration practice will hold opening remarks and SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson will present the movie.
Mr. Ali says: “We are honored to host a screening of ‘The Quiet Triumph’ with the Arbitration Institute. The continued vitality of international arbitration requires that the public and practitioners alike can appreciate for themselves its history, its integrity, and its benefits to international commerce and development. We very much look forward to sharing this important film.”
The Quiet Triumph features some arbitration experts based in the United States, among others the Past Immediate President of the International Bar Association David Rivkin, who is also SCC Vice Chairperson. In the film, he highlights that arbitration is a mechanism which enables parties to find ways to agree on, and therefore essential to develop economies and create jobs.