PAW Joint event CEPANI | AFA | NAI & VIAC: “The (Un)usual Suspects” 20-03-2024

Ashurst 18, Square Edouard VII, Paris, France

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 [...]

CEPANI Annual General Meeting & 55th anniversary celebrations

The Mérode, Pl. Poelaert 6, 1000 Brussels

We are thrilled to invite you to CEPANI’s 55th anniversary celebrations, a unique occasion where legal expertise meets celebration. The event will take place at The Merode, as from 18:00 with a captivation keynote speakers session, followed by a delightful walking dinner, and concluding with  festive celebrations marking CEPANI's 55th anniversary. Event Highlights: 17:00: Start of the Annual General Meeting (for CEPANI members only) 18:00: Keynote Speakers Session 19:15: Website Reveal: Unveiling new features! 19:30: Walking Dinner & 55th CEPANI Anniversary Celebrations         CEPANI member= € 275,00 excl. VAT; Non-member = 325,00 € excl. VAT Additionally, the final RSVP deadline for the event is May 9, 2024 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.