As the world is not quite ready for large live events, we hereby invite you and your colleagues to the SCC Digital Week on 15 – 21 October.
During this week you will be able to join us virtually at the grand Nationalmuseum in the very heart of Stockholm city for a livestreaming event, seminars, networking opportunities and more.
SCC Digital Week starts on 15 October, 18.00 CET with the live event:
Trendspotting in commercial dispute resolution from the business perspective
Your registration to the SCC Digital Week admits you to sign in and enter a tailor made event platform with specially developed graphics and content, through which we will be livestreaming this trendspotting session on commercial dispute resolution from the perspective of general counsel of multinational corporations. The program includes:
a live interview with Kristin Campbell-Wilson, recently appointed Secretary General.
Speeches by Oscar Hållén, General Counsel at Klarna and Sofia Graflund, General Counsel at Northvolt who will share their thoughts and experiences from building inhouse departments for international business.
a panel discussion about trends, challenges and experiences in international commercial dispute resolution led by Kristin Campbell-Wilson with Oscar Hållén, Sofia Graflund and Jenny Bergendorff, Head of Legal at Skanska.
a presentation of the SCC Express – a new dispute resolution tool.
15 – 21 October The SCC Digital Week event platform will remain open for you to explore at your convenience during a total of seven days.
As a SCC Digital Week delegate, you may also enjoy
a virtual visit to the SCC Secretariat
a film about the new dispute resolution tool SCC Express
a peek at the exhibition “Scandinavian Design & USA – People, Encounters and Ideas”, at the Nationalmuseum
mingle with members of the SCC Secretariat and colleagues around the world
seminars (more information about dates and time will soon be available).
Experts shared their knowledge on arbitration issues in the Baltics and Poland
A boom on the Baltic mergers and acquisitions market, the arbitration reforms in Latvia and more was discussed at the second East-West Forum with focus on the Baltics and Poland.
Over 100 lawyers from 30 countries registered for last week´s SCC East-West Forum with focus on the Baltics and Poland. Opening the event, SCC legal counsel Natalia Petrik provided a helicopter view over the SCC caseload with the parties from the focus countries. In the keynote presentation that followed, the founding partner of Sorainen law firm, Mr. Aku Sorainen reviewed the lessons and results on the Baltic legal market over the past months, highlighting the new level of flexibility and productivity against all expectations. Another feature in Q1 2021 is the boom on the Baltic M & A market in comparison with whole CEE region in Q1 of 2021 thanks to the big number of Baltic “unicorns”.
During the panel discussion that followed, Beata Gessel Kalinowska vel Kalisz reviewed the current debate of ISDS cases against Poland, Maria Pihlak gave an overview of the Estonian arbitration market, Daiga Zivtina shared details of arbitration reforms in Latvia and Ramunas Audzevicius expanded on recent Lithuanian caselaw related to public policy ground in the context of recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.
The panel was followed by an inspirational talk with Eva Kalnina and Ginta Ahrel, who shared their own personal journey into international arbitration and discussed how the arbitration world changed in the last 10 or 15 years.
We extend a warm thank you to both the audience and to the panel who generously shared their expertise with the audience.
A recording of the seminar is now available online >> SCC Vimeo
Interview with Kristin Campbell-Wilson
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dispute resolution, so we endeavor to offer the business community a broad menu of services”, says recently appointed Secretary General Kristin Campbell-Wilson in an interview about expectations, goals and challenges ahead.
How did you discover the world of international arbitration, and what led you to one of the leading arbitration institutions worldwide, the SCC?
I did not have a particular interest in dispute resolution while I was in law school at Stockholm University. But after graduation I joined a small law firm, and already in my first month at the job, I had the opportunity to appear before the Stockholm District Court. It was a small claim on behalf of a debt-collecting company, but I enjoyed the thrill of the courtroom setting! A few years later I joined the dispute resolution group at one of the international law firms, which introduced me to arbitration. The benefits of arbitration, not least the efficiency of it, quickly made it my favourite form of dispute resolution. In my fifth year at the firm, a head hunter called and asked me to consider the role of Deputy Secretary General at the SCC. I had been counsel in countless SCC arbitrations, so I was familiar with the institution and impressed by its secretariat. It was an opportunity too exciting to pass on, and I have never looked back.
You have long been Deputy Secretary General, as well as Acting Secretary General since April, and now you have formally been appointed Secretary General. What about this position excites you the most, and what do you consider the biggest challenge?
The SCC exists to provide the Swedish and international business communities with efficient dispute resolution, which is a key element of a healthy business climate and promotes international trade. My predecessors both had their unique approach to the role, as do my counterparts at other arbitration institutions. The SCC developed into one of the world’s foremost venues for international dispute resolution under the leadership of Mr Ulf Franke, who was Secretary General for more than 30 years. During Ms Annette Magnusson’s tenure, and my years as deputy, the focus was on innovation in arbitration and digitalizing the case management to improve time and cost efficiency. As I now take over as Secretary General, it is for a high-performing, efficient and ambitious institution with an international footprint. There is always an incentive to reaching higher and becoming better at what we do, and I look forward to continuing the close dialogue with our users and other stakeholders to ensure that the SCC serves its purpose and remains relevant also in tomorrow’s marketplace.
You have previously explained that the SCC is currently in a phase of expansion, and that the secretariat is recruiting an additional legal counsel and a case administrator. Can you say more about this expansion and what it means for the SCC?
Yes, this is an exciting time for the institute. In the past ten years, the SCC’s small secretariat has carried out a large number of development projects and initiatives, introducing procedural innovations, new rules, and administrative practices to enhance the user experience. The secretariat has held a centennial celebration, published books and articles, organized and participated in countless conferences, run the crowdsourcing contest The Stockholm Treaty Lab, and even produced the documentary ‘The Quiet Triumph – How Arbitration Changed the World’. All of this while also managing a steadily increasing caseload. In 2020 we saw the second highest number of new cases ever registered, and it is now time to bring on more colleagues to share our exciting work. With a larger SCC team, we will be able to engage even more with our users, the arbitration community and other stakeholders with the aim to reach even higher and become even better at what we do.
This is a time of global crises and rapid change. In your view, what are the challenges facing the business and law communities? How can the SCC address these challenges?
The environment in which international business operates has become increasingly complex. Businesses are faced with fast-paced technology development, increasingly complex products and services, convoluted contract structures, new and developing regulatory frameworks and, of course, politics. And, importantly, all actors must now consider the impact of any transaction on human rights and the climate. I believe that navigating these factors is the biggest challenge for businesses and, in turn, for the dispute resolution sector. For this reason, the SCC keeps a close dialogue with different stakeholders to identify and meet the developing needs of the business community. The recent launch of an additional dispute resolution tool, the SCC Express, is an example of our efforts to meet our users’ changing needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dispute resolution, so we endeavor to offer the business community a broad menu of services.