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Valuable perspectives on Swedish arbitration at the SCC Arbitration Evening

The Swedish arbitration community gathered last week at the yearly SCC Arbitration Evening to meet and mingle, and to listen to an international panel discussing the state of affairs of arbitration in Sweden from an outside perspective.

The SCC Arbitration Evening is a get-together for the arbitration society, legal industry and business, and signals a starting point for the new year. SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson welcomed the guests with a brief summary of the previous year and a few words about the current and future issues, including the many events that will take place in Stockholm in the coming year.

The topic that was to be discussed by the panel this evening - What is the state of affairs of arbitration in Sweden – from an outside perspective? - was chosen to inspire as well as generate ideas of how to make arbitration in Sweden even better. The international panel consisted of Erica Stein, Special Counsel at Dechert LLP in Paris, Tatyana Slipachuk, Partner, Sayenko Kharenko in Kiev, Fredrik Ringquist, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling in Moscow, and Gisele Stephens-Chu, Senior Associate at Freshfields, Paris, and was moderated by Associate professor and SCC Vice Chairperson Patricia Shaughnessy.

The panelists agreed that Swedish arbitration rests on a strong foundation, and that Sweden has a reputation as a neutral, mature and arbitration-friendly forum. They also highlighted that Sweden must continue to improve and innovate to maintain its position in the global arbitration arena. For instance, one of the panelists noted that Sweden’s legal community should aim to become even more international, with lawyers qualified and experienced in multiple jurisdictions.

In conclusion, many of the most salient points presented by the panel this evening coincide with issues already addressed by different initiatives, and confirms the importance of the continuance of this work.

 

Photo: Björn Leijon