We wish all of our readers a Happy New Year and look forward to continue working with colleagues from all around the globe in 2016.
The Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) is funding a scholarship for non-EU/EAA citizens to study the ICAL programme at Stockholm University for the academic year 2016-2017.
The Frankfurt Investment Moot Court has chosen the SCC Rules for its 2016 competition. In connection to the Moot Court, the SCC invites to a conference about the key elements of the SCC’s rules as reflected in its investment caseload.
The impact of the EU sanctions against Russia for arbitration in Europe is addressed by SCC Legal Counsel Anja Håvedal Ipp in a recent post at the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
The SCC, the Swedish Arbitration Association and Stockholm’s leading law firms have submitted a bid to host the ICCA Congress 2020.
Rising demand of energy investments and developments of international arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty are some of the starting points of the Energy Charter Treaty Forum taking place in Stockholm on 8 February 2016.
On 21 January and 16 February the SCC and FAI invite to joint morning seminars in Helsinki and in Stockholm.
In a decision recently posted on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Svea Court of Appeal rejected a challenge based on excess of mandate, where the tribunal had reviewed legal relationships beyond the scope of the arbitration agreement.
SCC Legal Counsel Natalia Petrik is invited to speak about the EU sanctions at the conference on “International Dispute Resolution involving Russian and CIS Parties” in London next year. Ms. Petrik will provide an institutional perspective on the topic, for example, how arbitration is affected by the sanctions, and how the SCC actively manages these arbitration processes.
SCC Legal Counsel Ms. Celeste Salinas Quero is one of the instructors at a four day intensive course in international arbitration in Manama, Bahrain.
Charlotta Falkman, partner at Gernandt & Danielsson law firm, has been elected new member of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration (SCC) Board of Directors from 1 January 2016.
The SCC is pleased to make available the recent keynote address by IBA President and SCC vice chair Mr. David W. Rivkin, delivered at this year’s Hong Kong Arbitration Week.
“Level the playing field” is a joint initiative by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Swedish Women in Arbitration Network (SWAN) and We Are The Storydoers for promoting diversity and equality within the Swedish legal business. The first phase of the projects was launched last week with some 65 participants from 10 of the biggest law firms in Sweden.
The Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law program (ICAL) at Stockholm University has for the fourth time announced three full-tuition scholarships to participate in the oneyear LLM, post-graduate program in Stockholm University, Sweden. The scholarships have been donated by three leading Swedish law firms: Gernandt & Danielsson, Mannheimer Swartling, and Vinge.
Speakers including Gary Born, Stefan Kröll and SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson discussed the current situation and development of international arbitration at the Kluwer Arbitration event in London 14 October. The speech by Ms. Magnusson is published below.
Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Arizona are conducting a study into how international arbitrators make decisions and are therefore seeking input from the arbitral community.
The conference: “Climate change related disputes: A role for international arbitration and ADR” will take place in connection to the COP21 in Paris on 7-8 December. The conference is jointly organized by IBA, the ICC, SCC and the PCA.
In a decision recently posted on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Svea Court of Appeal explained the limited scope of a challenge to the arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction during an ongoing arbitration.
SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson will speak at the10th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference in New York. The title of this year’s conference is “Investment Treaty Reform: Reshaping Economic Governance in the Era of Sustainable Development”.
As a part of the work related to the revision of the SCC rules, representatives from the Committee for the Revision of the SCC Arbitration Rules will make a road trip to Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. The aim is to present the work in progress and share the suggested changes, but also to listen to the users’ opinions on points in the Rules that require improvements.
How can we adapt to and benefit from innovations and technological development is our businesses? This was the main issue discussed at the VQ Forum at Grand Hotel, Stockholm. Innovations, digitalization and knowledge management goes hand in hand with business development, and are key factors when preparing for the new legal market.
Key changes proposed by the Committee in charge of revising the Swedish Arbitration Act are outlined in a recent blogpost by SCC Legal Counsel, Anja Håvedal-Ipp at the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.
SCC Deputy Secretary General Kristin Campbell-Wilson is currently travelling in China together with representatives for Setterwall Law and CIETAC. During four days, the delegation will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, where local law firms, arbitrators and students have been invited to seminars and lectures on Chinese and Swedish arbitration.
How can legal professionals prepare for the new legal market? What are the most significant changes ahead, and where is the new technology taking us? Legal innovation and business development is the theme of the 6th annual VQ Knowledge and Strategy Forum at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm on 21 October. The event is a cooperation between VQ and SCC.
Last week, around 1,500 delegates attended the Kazenergy Eurasian Forum in Astana. One of them was SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson, who spoke in a round table focusing on resolution of investment disputes within the energy sector.
In a decision recently published on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the Svea Court of Appeal, which had rejected an appellant's application to declare an arbitral award invalid on the basis that it violated public policy.
Between 12-16 October, SCC Deputy Secretary General Kristin Campbell-Wilson will travel around China together with Setterwalls Law Firm and CIETAC. The delegation will host seminars and lectures in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
How did Swedish arbitration and the SCC dispute resolution clauses first gain the status it now has with the Chinese government? And what could be said about the China-related cases at the SCC today? A recently published article by SCC Legal Counsel Anja Håvedal Ipp provides both a background and an update.
SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson is invited as a special guest speaker at the Dentons Corporate Counsels’ Club roundtable in Almaty on 28 September.
Last week, over 80 participants attended a SCC seminar dedicated to issues related to the potential impact of the EU-sanctions.
SCC Legal Counsel Anja Håvedal Ipp will speak at a conference on international dispute resolution and diversity in Krakow 15 – 16 October.
SCC Chairperson Ulf Franke will speak about the appointment of Emergency Arbitrator at the China Arbitration Summit 2015 in Beijing.
The SCC is delighted to announce Ms. Jade Harry as the winner of the writing competition associated with the book Arbitrating for Peace. Ms. Harry's piece on the Brčko Arbitration will be one of 14 chapters in the upcoming publication devoted to the role played by international arbitration to reach peaceful resolutions of disputes.
As of 1 January 2016, Professor Kaj Hobér will chair the SCC Board. Kaj Hobér, one of the most distinguished arbitration specialists in Sweden, was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in a decision last Friday.
The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Swedish Women in Arbitration Network (SWAN) and Wiminvest launches the collaboration project “Leveling the playing field” that aims to promote female partners at Swedish law firms.
Energy disputes will be specifically addressed by SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson at the 10th edition of Kazenergy Eurasian Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan 29 September – 1 October.
The challenges and future of ISDS was discussed in depth recently in Warsaw at an international event organized by Lewiatan Court of Arbitration. One of the speakers was SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson.
The issue of EU sanctions and their possible impact on arbitration administered by EU-based institutions and involving Russian parties has generated debate. A joint article by the ICC, LCIA and SCC seeks to address some of the most commonly asked questions.
On 5-10 July, The IADC Annual Meeting was held in Colorado Springs. SCC Legal Counsel Natalia Petrik was invited to present the SCC approach to international arbitration.
The potential impact of the EU sanctions has been subject of heated debates both in Russia and internationally, at times giving rise to misconceptions and speculations. In light of this, SCC is hosting a seminar to promote an open dialogue between Russian and Swedish lawyers.
International commercial disputes are facing new challenges following the steady proliferation of trade controls and economic sanctions – a development that may affect the conduct of institutional arbitration proceedings. SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson will attend a seminar devoted to these issues in Düsseldorf 26 August.
In a decision recently published on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Svea Court of Appeal rejected a challenge alleging that the arbitrators had committed procedural errors and exceeded their mandate.
In what ways does economic sanctions affect international arbitration, and how can we deal with the situation going forward? SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson and SCC Board Member Jacob Ragnwaldh will speak on the topic in a conference on 24 September in Zurich.
In its work of monitoring the development and trends in investment treaty arbitration, the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration has developed a questionnaire, now available on the SCC web.
A new article dealing with the rise of arbitration in the financial world has been published on the SCC webpage.
A recently published book opens the door to Swedish contract law to an international audience, providing a practical analysis of the law of contracts in Sweden, and serves as a guide for both business and legal professionals handling transnational and Swedish contracts.
In a decision recently posted on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Swedish Supreme Court held that an arbitration award rendered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in New York could be enforced in Sweden, even though the respondent had not participated in the proceedings.
Scandinavia’s leading strategy event - VQ Knowledge and Strategy Forum - will take place for the sixth time in Stockholm on 21 October. This year’s main focus is business development and innovation – from both an in-house and outside counsel perspective.
Last week, The Investment Treaty Forum was held for the first time in Stockholm. The theme “Europe as an Investment Treaty Actor” was discussed and debated by participants from government, legal practitioners, academia and business in seminars and panel discussions.
In the wake of the sanctions issued by the EU in relation to the political situation between Ukraine and Russia, the SCC has issued a Q & A to address some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the sanctions.
Why are women employees not advancing to leadership roles in the same way as their male counterparts? This question and others will be addressed at the Women in Dispute Resolution conference which will take place in London 23-24 June.
A practice note on the application of the Mauritius Convention and the UNICTRAL Rules on Transparency in SCC cases has recently been added to the SCC website.
SCC Legal Counsel, Celeste Salinas Quero will speak during a conference about Costs in International Arbitration.
SCC Deputy Secretary General, Kristin Campbell-Wilson, will take part in the first multi-location arbitration conference ever on 11 June. The conference is powered by Cisco Telepresence and will include participants from 25 different locations across 15 time zones.
The SCC has created a tailor-made section on the Russian SCC website with useful information about dispute resolution for parties from Russia and CIS.
SCC will co-organize a roundtable discussion on international commercial arbitration with focus on distinctive features of arbitration in Russia and Sweden.
On 12 June Hans Stråberg (Investor AB), Christofer Fjellner (Member of the European Parliament) and Håkan Svenneling (Member of the Swedish Parliament) will meet for a panel debate on ISDS and its significance from an economic perspective.
SCC’s Annette Magnusson will speak during a conference in Warsaw on 29 May on the future of investment arbitration focusing specifically on environmental protection.
The Committee on the Review of Swedish Arbitration has carried out a review to chart the scope and nature of challenges to arbitral awards before Swedish Courts of Appeal.
On 28 April, the SCC co-organized a conference in São Paolo focusing on the trade relationship between Sweden and Brazil and on arbitration and mediation as advantageous tools in international trade disputes.
In a recent interview in CDR Magazine, SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson shares her view on the role of the SCC, the current debate on ISDS and on arbitration as a mechanism for peaceful resolution of disputes.
The next ITF conference "Europe as an Investment Treaty Actor" will take place in Stockholm on 12 June and will focus on the role of the European Commission in shaping the EU’s investment treaties and the substance of the deals which Europe is negotiating.
In a decision recently posted on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Svea Court of Appeal noted that an arbitrator’s interpretation of an agreement is not limited by the parties’ legal arguments. Rather, pursuant to the principle of jura novit curia, the arbitrator must apply the law even if it has not been referenced by a party.
The SCC recently launched a competition where law students and young practitioners are welcome to submit contributions to the upcoming publication “Arbitrating for Peace”, devoted to international arbitration as a peaceful form of dispute resolution.
The parliamentary committee appointed in 2014 to review certain issues of arbitration in Sweden has published its final report.
The purpose of the recently adopted SCC-ISDA model clause is to facilitate the use of arbitration as a recommendable dispute resolution alternative by banks and financial institutions.
The UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration may be applied in arbitrations under the SCC Rules, if so agreed by the parties.
How do we achieve greater gender diversity in the field of dispute resolution? Why are women employees not advancing in the same way as their male counterparts? These are questions that will be addressed during a conference in London on 23-24 June.
A film featuring highlights from the conference “International Dispute Resolution in Sweden” is now available on the SCC website. The international conference included among other things a mock arbitration and mediation session as well as a visit to the Svea Court of Appeal.
A recently published article on SCC Emergency Arbitrator proceedings outlines the main issues raised in the four emergency proceedings that were initiated in 2014 and includes concluding remarks based on all 13 cases filed with the SCC since 2010.
The ISDS blog was created by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce to provide facts and information on the much talked about dispute resolution method ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement).
An article by SCC Legal Counsel Sukma Andrina reviews arbitration costs when the parties decide to settle their case, after the case has been referred to the Arbitral Tribunal.
Former SCC Legal Counsel Lotta Knapp recently gave a presentation about SCC Emergency Arbitrator proceedings at the 2015 Berlin Pre Moot.
The survey "Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration" seeks to examine whether international arbitration has improved, whether recent innovations are addressing users’ needs and how international arbitration can be improved further.
In 2014, the SCC administered 11 investment treaty disputes. This is the highest number of treaty cases in one year, to date, at the SCC.
2014 proved to be another strong year for the SCC with 183 administered cases, which is the fifth highest result since the SCC was founded in 1917.
It has now been one year since the new SCC Mediation Rules entered into force on 1 January 2014. The Mediation Rules enables speedy and cost-efficient dispute resolution for parties who wish to resolve their disputes amicably.
The SCC is co-organizing a seminar on 27 May where we will discuss how we can achieve a more fact-based debate on the much talked about dispute resolution method ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement).
The SAA has donated a full tuition scholarship for a non EU/EEA law student to participate in the globally recognized ICAL master in international arbitration.
The conference “International Trade and Dispute Resolution” will focus on the commercial relationship between Sweden and Brazil and on the practical issues surrounding alternative dispute resolution in international trade disputes.
The Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law program (ICAL) at Stockholm University has announced that three full-tuition scholarships have been generously donated by three leading Swedish law firms: Gernandt & Danielsson, Mannheimer Swartling and Vinge.
How is a dispute resolution clause negotiated in an international supply contract? And how is an arbitration process commenced at the SCC? These and other questions will be addressed at a seminar organized in Minsk on 18 March.
The Supreme Court of Belarus recently granted enforcement of an SCC award. The award was rendered in a dispute over a loan agreement, where the tribunal awarded the Lithuanian claimant the outstanding amount owed under agreement by the Belarussian respondent.
In a decision recently posted on the Swedish Arbitration Portal a party sought to set aside an award alleging, among others, that by disregarding evidence the tribunal exceeded its mandate and incurred in a procedural error
For the first time, a Pre-Moot for the international arbitration competition Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAM) will be organized in Sweden.
The internationally recognized Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law (ICAL) at Stockholm University will during the spring accept applications for the 2015/16 academic year.
”The CEDR Mediation skills training course gives you profound knowledge about mediation, negotiation and social interaction”, that’s how one of the participants described the CEDR Mediation Training Program that was recently organized in Stockholm.
Enforcement of treaty terms using ISDS could make substantial contributions to mitigate climate change. This was one of the main points in a recent speech by SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson.
Efficient dispute resolution for small to medium sized companies was the focus of the SCCs yearly kick-off seminar that was recently organized in Stockholm.
The SIA 30th Anniversary Conference will take place on 19-21 April in London and will serve as a platform for discussion, critical thinking and reflection about future development in international arbitration.
The CDR Winter Arbitration Symposium is set to focus on important current and future trends in international arbitration. The SCC will participate in the conference that is held in London on 19 February.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri delivered a much appreciated key note speech at this year’s Sharm El Sheikh conference, where he reflected on important arbitration cases encountered during a forty year career.
SCC Deputy Secretary General Kristin Campbell Wilson has written an article which summarizes the SCC’s observations on recent changes in the legal market, the new role of the general counsel and how these factors together are affecting dispute resolution practitioners and institutions.
The recently adopted SCC Procedures for the Administration of Cases under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (the Procedures) are now available on the SCC website. The Procedures came into force on 1 January 2015.
The SCC is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Board Members as of 1 January 2015: Dmitri Evseev, Justin D’Agostino, Andrea J. Menaker and Li Hu.