New SCC/SAA intensive training course in Stockholm

A skilled arbitrator has good knowledge of applicable rules, knows the subject matter of the dispute and has a commercial understanding of the realities of the parties' positions. This summer we are launching a new intensive training course for international arbitrators who would like to gain knowledge in arbitrating disputes in Sweden. Meet Johan Sidklev who is one of twelve experienced and distinguished tutors at this course.

Every year Stockholm hosts a large number of international arbitrations as a hearing venue and as the legal seat. For this reason, we are launching together with the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA), an intensive training course tailormade for international arbitrators who have an interest in developing his or her knowledge of the SCC Rules and the underlying Swedish procedural rules and principles.

The course will be held at Thoresta Herrgård, a historical manor located near Stockholm in the beautiful natural surroundings of Lake Mälaren. 

The program runs between 9–11 June and includes five interactive modules led by leading Swedish arbitration specialists. The course focuses on key features of Swedish arbitration law and practice, including recent caselaw, and is tailored for non-Swedish arbitral specialists with experience in international arbitration.

One of the tutors is Johan Sidklev, who heads Roschier’s Dispute Resolution practice and is the co-Head of the Corporate Compliance & Investigations practice in Sweden. Johan is specialized in commercial dispute resolution with extensive experience from international arbitration.

Johan, in your opinion, what makes a good arbitrator - what is the key to success in this role? When thinking about what characteristics that makes a good arbitrator, the administration of the process often comes at the forefront. I really appreciate arbitrators that are available and responsive (but in a balanced way, i.e. not too trigger happy), and that interacts with the parties in order to clear out any ambiguities. I also appreciate an arbitrator who realizes when there is no common ground between the parties and then does not shy away from making procedural decisions with due dispatch (thereby avoiding driving costs by ordering excessive number of submissions and comments on minor procedural aspects of the case).

Then, on substance, I of course really appreciate an arbitrator who actually knows the subject matter of the dispute but who also has a commercial understanding of the realities of the parties' positions. On drafting, I would further expect from a good arbitrator to openly engage with the contentious issues in the reasons of the award and actually explain to the reader how the tribunal has applied the facts to the law and also, very important, to actually make a proper assessment of the evidence presented.    

Who should apply to the SCC diploma course?
The requirements are quite high. Applicants should be non-Swedish lawyers admitted to the bar in one or several jurisdictions and have 10 years or more of practice in dispute resolution. And of course, the applicant should also have an interest in developing his or her knowledge of the SCC Rules and some of the underlying Swedish procedural rules and principles. And ultimately be open to accepting future arbitrator appointments.   

As an experienced arbitrator, what is your advice to young practitioners seeking to pursue the arbitrator career path?
If you are active in a firm where there is a possibility to accept appointments as administrative secretary, that is an excellent learning platform for future arbitrator appointments. As secretary, you get to assist in the daily work relating to the practical and procedural aspects of the case - which is very much what the work up until the hearing is all about.

You should also stay active and engage with the institutions closest to your home market – at least the SCC is continuously looking for new and young talent to appoint – and need to show that you are interested and perhaps also have experience from having worked as counsel under the relevant institutional rules. And of course attend an arbitrator training program, this was how it all started for me. Soon after having graduated from that program, I received my first appointments as sole arbitrator and from there on to bigger cases and a variety of institutions around the world.  

Read more about the venue, program, tutors etc and file your application >> here

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