SCC on ethics and transparency in Dublin
SCC Legal Counsel Anja Havedal Ipp was one of the speakers in the Midsummer International Dispute Resolution Conference on Quality Assurance and Ethics in Dispute Resolution in Dublin on 29 June. The event was organized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Ireland Branch.
The conference theme was aiming to explore the role of ethics in maintaining and enhancing standards in private dispute resolution and in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) practices.
SCC legal counsel Anja Havedal Ipp spoke about the balance between transparency and confidentiality from an institutional perspective. She discussed how different types of transparency requires different approaches. The SCC is transparent in its own decision-making, e.g. through publication of practice notes and policy for appointment of arbitrators, and by issuing reasoned decisions on challenges to arbitrators. But with respect to specific arbitral proceedings, the SCC takes seriously its confidentiality undertaking, as required by Article 3 of the SCC Arbitration Rules.
Around 90 people attended the conference, and the speakers were representatives from both arbitral institutions – for example the LCIA, ICC, AIAC, SAC, and the SCC –, legal organisations and law firms.