15th anniversary celebrations of Young Arbitrators Sweden
During the autumn of 2018, Young Arbitrators Sweden (YAS) has celebrated its 15th anniversary, reflecting on the past and planning for the future.
The Swedish group for young practitioners in the field of arbitration was founded in 2003 by Fredrik Norburg. Its 15th anniversary was recently celebrated with a birthday party hosted by Hannes Snellman, treating the guests to a DJ, birthday cake and a speech given by former chairperson Kristoffer Löf of Mannheimer Swartling. In his speech, Kristoffer Löf emphasized the important role YAS has played in broadening the arbitration community in Sweden and acknowledged successful initiatives by individual members.
The birthday celebrations had been initiated already in connection with the annual YAS Arbitration Day taking place on October 25, 2018 which included a panel made up of all former chairpersons of the YAS board, moderated by its current chair Kristina Ljungström of Norburg & Scherp. The well-attended event also included lectures and panels on various highly interesting topics.
“YAS has developed immensely over the past 15 years. Our current member count is 700 and we host around 15 individual events every year, where some of those events include several sessions, such as YAS arbitration education for junior associates and YAS lunch club, the latter engaging around 100 members in Stockholm and Gothenburg on a monthly basis”, says Kristina Ljungström. “However, the strength of YAS lies not in the numbers, but in the dedication of our members, our board, the YAS West local committee chaired by Annica Börjesson of MAQS, and the YAS advisory board. The Swedish arbitration community is very active and YAS takes pride in being quick and flexible in organizing events and implementing ideas put forward by individual members.”
The newest YAS initiative is Nordic Arbitration Day (NAD) taking place on January 17-18, 2019 which is an event jointly organized by the young arbitration associations in the Nordic region with the aim of bringing the Nordic arbitration community closer together. YAS is expecting around 300 delegates to unite in Stockholm in January to attend the first ever Nordic Arbitration Day. The conference agenda includes a wide range of topics and speakers from the Nordics as well as other jurisdictions.
As regards future plans, Kristina Ljungström says that: “YAS will continue to serve its members with conferences, education and networking opportunities, and to promote arbitration in Sweden. In order to do this in an even more efficient manner, we are launching in early 2019 a new webpage and a new IT system for memberships and events.”