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When one of the parties, especially the respondent (or one of them), is not participating in the entire proceedings (or part thereof), navigating between the sharp cliffs of due process and equality of arms can be difficult for an Arbitral Tribunal. This is even more so when international public policy is at stake.

There are no one-size-fits-all answers, especially when default is merely part of a ‘strategy’ or ‘tactic’ in anticipation of annulment proceedings or at the enforcement stage. Sure, Arbitral Tribunals have ex officio powers to investigate. In some circumstances there
is even a duty to investigate. But, do arbitrators have the duty to uphold the integrity of arbitration? What is the real scope of ‘ficta
confessio’ in international arbitration? How blind or naive should we allow an Arbitral Tribunal to be? To what extent is an Arbitral
Tribunal allowed to be street-smart, i.e. not to become the devil’s advocate? These and many more pressing questions will be dealt with during this event.

Confirmed speakers are:  Niuscha Bassiri,  (Partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels), Hakim Boularbah, (Partner at Loyens & Loeff, Brussels), Ulrike Gantenberg (Partner at Gantenberg Dispute Experts, Düsseldorf), Anne K. Hoffmann, (Partner at Hoffmann Arbitration, Dubai), Anaïs Mallien (Associate at Loyens & Loeff, Brussels), Christina Mangani (Supervising Associate at Simmons & Simmons, Paris), Lisa Reiser (Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie, Frankfurt), Catherine Schroeder,  (Partner at Schroeder Arbitration, Paris), Dirk De Meulemeester,  (Partner at De Meulemeester & De Brabandere, Brussels), Benoît Kohl (President of CEPANI), Willem van Baren, (Former President of the NAI) Emma Van Campenhoudt, (Secretary General of CEPANI) Estelle Brisson, (LAA) Marc Henry, (President of the AFA) Rouven F. Bodenheimer, (DIS) and Friederike Schäfer (Former ICC counsel).


09:00 – 09:30 –  Reception / Coffee

09:30 – 09:40 –  Welcome

Professor Dr. Benoît Kohl, President of CEPANI and Professor of Contract Law, University of Liège

09:40 – 10:00 –  Introduction – Striking the Balance – Setting the Stage

Mr. Dirk De Meulemeester, Honorary President of CEPANI, Partner at DMDB Law, Brussels

10:00 – 10:40 –  Default at the pre-arbitration stage

Ms. Catherine Schroeder, Independent Arbitrator and Counsel, Schroeder Arbitration, Paris

Ms. Christina Mangani, Supervising Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP, Paris

10:40 – 11:10 –  Coffee Break

11:10 – 11:50 –  Ficta Confessio: Default awards if parties do not show up?

Ms. Ulrike Gantenberg, Partners at Gantenberg Dispute Experts, Düsseldorf

Ms. Lisa Reiser, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie, Frankfurt

11:50 – 12:30 –  Devil’s advocate in default arbitration – Counterintuitive?

Ms. Niuscha Bassiri, Partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels

12:30 – 14:00 –  Walking Lunch

14:00 – 14:40 –  Iura Novit Arbiter

Ms. Anne K. Hoffmann, LL.M, Partner at Hoffmann Arbitration, Dubai

14:40 – 15:20 –  The Impact of Default on Post-Arbitration Proceedings

Mr. Hakim Boularbah, Partner at Loyens & Loeff, Brussels

Mr. Anaïs Mallien, Associate at Loyens & Loeff, Brussels

15:20 – 15:50 –  Coffee Break

15:50 – 17:00 –  Default and it consequences on the different procedural steps

Panel – Chair: Mr. Willem van Baren (NAI)

Panel members: Ms. Estelle Brisson (LAA),  Mr. Marc Henry (AFA), Mr. Rouven Bodenheimer (DIS), Ms. Friederike Schäfer (former counsel ICC), Ms. Emma Van Campenhoudt (CEPANI)

17:00 – 17:10 –  Closing remarks

Prof. Dr. Benoît Kohl, President of CEPANI

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    When:  25.11.2022 as from 9.00 am to 17.30 pm
    Where: VBO, Rue Ravensteinstraat 4, 1000 Brussel/Bruxelles


    Price: CEPANI member= € 350,00 excl. VAT; Non-member = 375,00 € excl. VAT.  A copy of the conference book is included in the price. CEPANI members benefit from a € 25,00 discount on the registration fee.


    Cancellation: All cancellations must be communicated to CEPANI at least 3 working days before the day of the event in order to be taken into consideration.