Contractual issues in focus at Swedish Arbitration Days

On 8 and 9 September 2016, the biannual Swedish Arbitration Days will be held in Stockholm for the fifth time. As before, the conference venue is the Grand Hôtel.

This time the organizers, the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA), have decided to focus on issues of substance rather than on procedural issues, the umbrella theme being Contractual issues in international Arbitration.

     - Many of us felt that it was time to address some of the substantive issues often encountered by    
       counsel and arbitrators in commercial disputes, such as the meaning and effect of limitation of liability
       clauses in contracts, says SAA president Christer Danielsson.

As noted in the invitation:

”In the increasingly complex world of international arbitration jurisdictional and other procedural issues sometimes take precedence over the substantial issues in dispute. It is easily forgotten that the very basics for disputes in international arbitration is the contract and the interpretation and application thereof. The primary task for Tribunals is, and should be, to resolve disputes by interpreting and applying contracts on the basis of arguments and evidence presented to it.”

    - Several of the sessions deal with issues that are very much in focus right now, such as the effect of trade
      sanctions on contractual performance and the adaptation of long-term contracts, for example gas contracts,
      to changing circumstances, Mr. Danielsson adds.

In addition to a keynote address by Michael Polkinghorne of White & Case, there will be six sessions, each with a moderator and three speakers. The 24 panelists represent not less than eight different jurisdictions, with all panelists being judges, including the president of the Swedish Supreme Court, arbitration practitioners or in-house counsel.

To access the full program and register for the conference, visit