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Join AFA, CEPANI, NAI and VIAC for a lively morning discussion on the role of arbitral institutions. The key question being should arbitral institutions focus on welfare or order?
Topics that will be addressed include amongst others the extent to which an arbitral institution should be proactive in finding amicable solutions to a conflict, whether institutions should provide rules of good conduct and ethical charts for arbitrators, and whether they need to ensure the latter are complied with.

Marc Henry: Marc Henry has been practicing arbitration and business litigation for more than 35 years.  After having been a partner in English and American law firms, he joined in 2018 French law firm FTMS, specialising in litigation and arbitration. Marc Henry has acted as counsel and arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional procedures. He is also President of the French Arbitration Association (AFA), the second oldest arbitral institution in France. Finally, he has published many articles on arbitration in addition to lecturing on the same and on the Art of Advocacy in Master 2, notably at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he holds a PhD in law. His PhD work on “The Duty of Independence of the Arbitrator” was published and awarded.

Benoît Kohl: Benoît Kohl has an extensive experience as an arbitrator practitioner, specialised in construction and contract law. He also regularly advises national and international companies of state entities in relation with real estate developments, construction and engineering contracts, industrial projects and product liability, etc.  Since 2020, he is the President of CEPANI, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation. He was also co-President of the Belgian Association of Construction Law (BVBR – ABDC) until 2020 and President of the European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) from 2011 to 2022. Benoît is an ordinary professor at the law faculty of the University of Liège where he heads the department for contract law. He is also a visiting professor of European construction law at the University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.  Benoît was appointed by the Minister of Justice as an expert for the drafting of the reform of the new Belgian Civil Code (contract law). In addition, he represents the Minister of Justice in the activities of the task force on Arbitration and Dispute Settlement of the UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law). Benoît is also active in many legal and construction law associations. Furthermore, Benoît is a board member of ICC Belgium, and an academic guest of the Society of Construction Law in the UK.  He is the author of various publications on his areas of expertise and a regular guest speaker at seminars and conferences.

Niamh Leinwather: Since 1 January 2022, Niamh Leinwather has taken office as the new Secretary General of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). Of Irish origin, Niamh has both a common and civil law background (Bachelor of Civil Law, University College Dublin, Mag.iur., University of Vienna, Master of European Studies, University of Vienna). She was the first Irish woman to be admitted to the Austrian Bar in 2013 and has over a decade of experience in international dispute resolution at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Vienna where she acted as both counsel and arbitrator.

Gerard Meijer: Gerard is widely recognised as one of the leading figures in the Netherlands for arbitration and court litigation relating to arbitration. He has extensive experience acting as counsel to Dutch, international, and multinational corporations, as well as to governmental bodies, in high-value matters in a range of disputes. Gerard has resolved disputes under a variety of arbitration rules (including UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, LCIA, SCC, CEPANI, and NAI rules). In addition, Gerard is involved in high-profile arbitration-associated court litigation, such as the enforcement of arbitral awards, the setting aside of arbitral awards, and interim measures in support of arbitration proceedings. Gerard is president of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI), which administers both domestic and international arbitrations, and is a member of the Arbitration Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Camilla Perera – De Wit: Camilla is Secretary General – Director General at the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI). In that capacity she heads the staff and leads the direction for the institute. The aggregate financial amount in dispute year-end 2023 at the NAI amounted to EUR 4 billion and last year the caseload comprised 62% English language cases. The NAI was nominated twice during the Global Arbitration Review Awards ceremony in Paris last March. Prior to becoming Secretary General – Director General at the NAI, Camilla was working as Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Peace Palace in the Hague. She was also involved in setting up a specialist arbitration institute called P.R.I.M.E. Finance, focused on disputes involving complex financial instruments. Prior to going institutional, Camilla worked as an attorney-in-law in private practice, both in the Netherlands as well as in New York. Camilla frequently lectures , presents and publishes on topics of ADR and international arbitration in particular. She sits as Vice President at the International Federation for Commercial Arbitration Institutes (IFCAI), she is a Board Member at the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) as well as a Board Member at the Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation (HagueCAA). Camilla is a CEDR-accredited mediator.

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    When:  20.03.2024 as from 8.00 am to 10.00 am
    Where: Ashurst Paris, 18, Square Edouard VII, 75009 Paris

    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.