Past Events

December 15, 2016 — NCIAC, CIArb – NCal, and SVAMC Joint Holiday Reception

Holiday reception hosted by the Northern California International Arbitration Club, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Northern California Chapter, and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.

July 14 , 2016 — Reception and Conversation with Judge David Caron

David Caron is presently a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and also a Professor of Law at King’s College London.  He is the former C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and a former President of the American Society of International Law.  Judge Caron is a member of the Bars of the State of California and England and Wales, and is a Barrister Member of Chambers at 20 Essex Street.

May 2, 2016 — NCIAC-sponsored ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Interactive discussion about international arbitration among arbitration practitioners and in-house counsel from Bay Area companies.

December 21, 2015 — The Role of Arbitration in Political Settlement: Taba and the Egypt/Israel Treaty of Peace

Judge Sofaer served as a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1979 until 1985.  From 1967 to 1969, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.  He was clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1966, and to the Honorable William J. Brennan Jr., Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, from 1966 to 1967.

From 1985 to 1990, Judge Sofaer served as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, representing the U.S. in international arbitrations and in cases before the International Court of Justice.  He was also principal negotiator in several international claims.  Judge Sofaer was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1989, the highest State Department award given to a non-civil servant.  After leaving the Department of State, Judge Sofaer practiced law at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed in Washington, D.C., from 1990 to 1994.

He has served as an arbitrator in many cases, both independently and under the auspices of leading domestic and international arbitration services.

Judge Sofaer currently serves as the George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

June 12, 2015 — Update on International Arbitration in Europe

Please join us for an evening reception and presentation by Kathleen Paisley, at the offices of Baker & McKenzie LLP, June 12 at 4:45 pm.  Kathleen Paisley is an American lawyer who is resident in Brussels and has spent 25 years practicing international arbitration in Europe. She started her career as a legal advisor to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and has strong ties to the Bay area, having been a partner at Morrison & Foerster’s Brussels office before joining the international arbitration group at White & Case London. While her practice includes some counsel work, Kathleen focuses primarily on acting as an arbitrator and as a consultant to US and Asian law firms and companies engaged in European-based international arbitration and matters involving technology and complex damages issues.

Kathleen will share insights on various topics, including the following:

  • Pros and cons of the various European arbitration venues — what’s hot and what’s not and does it matter whether you choose Geneva, Paris, London, or Stockholm?
  • With respect to European arbitral institutions —what practical considerations are important when choosing between ICC, LCIA, and WIPO?  How do they compare with the AAA and ICDR
  • What core differences still remain between a civil law and common law arbitrator?  Should choice of  civil law to govern a contract be a deal breaker?
  • What scope of discovery should you expect in a Europe-based international arbitration?
  • What is the state of play regarding attorney-client privilege in Europe-based international arbitration?  Witness preparation?  EU data protection rules?  EU competition rules?  Expert witnesses?
  • What are recent developments in Europe with respect to investor-State arbitration?  Are there likely to be spill-over effects on commercial arbitration?
  • Special issues for technology companies?

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May 6 2015 — Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from the Inside Out: Key Insights from Three Groundbreaking New Studies

Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, shared important findings from recent surveys of hundreds of Fortune 1,000 corporate counsel, leading U.S. arbitrators, and many of the world’s leading mediators.

February 20, 2015 — Effective Advocacy in International Arbitration: From Commencement to Enforcement

NCIAC Co-Hosted Event with the International Law Section of the California State Bar and Berkeley Law 

This conference, held at the University of California School of Law, provided a comprehensive look at the life cycle and stages of an international commercial arbitration. The program included a keynote interview with arbitrator Henri Alvarez.  Mr. Alvarez has been recognized by Chambers Global as one of the world’s “most in demand arbitrators,” and by Global Arbitration Review as the “best prepared/most responsive arbitrator” of 2014.  California Bar members had the opportunity to earn six hours of MCLE Credit.

January 13, 2015 — What You Need to Know About Global Legal Ethics in 2015

NCIAC Co-Hosted Event with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and The International Law Section of the California State Bar

NCIAC members attended a presentation by Catherine A. Rogers, for a discussion on global legal ethics.  Prof Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute on Ethics and Regulation. Professor Rogers is a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the U.S. Law (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration, one of the ICC Palestine’s delegated members of the Court of Arbitration for the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, and co-chair, together with William W. “Rusty” Park, of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration. She is the president and founder of Arbitrator Intelligence, a non-profit entity aiming to increase transparency, fairness, and accountability in the arbitrator selection process. Her book, Ethics in International Arbitration, was recently published by Oxford University Press. The book comprehensively analyzes issues relating to the ethics and professional conduct of participants in international arbitration.

December 11, 2014 — NCIAC Holiday Reception with Guest Speaker Louise Barrington, “Representing Parties in International Arbitration: Leveling the Playing Field” 

Please join us for an end-of-the-year holiday reception at the City Club on December 11, 2014, from 6:15 pm until 8:30 pm in the evening. In her presentation “Representing Parties in International Arbitration: Leveling the Playing Field”, guest speaker Louis Barrington will discuss new commercial rules on the conduct of party representatives in international arbitration, and the complex issues raised by conflicting expectations when representatives from different jurisdictions and legal traditions are involved in the same case. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Ms. Barrington is the founder of ICC Asia in Hong Kong, and has long served as an international arbitration resource for businesses throughout Asia.  After teaching international law, arbitration and mediation at the law schools of City University and Chinese University in Hong Kong, as well as at King’s College London, Ms. Barrington returned in 2009 to full-time practice as principal of Aculex Transnational Inc.  Based in Hong Kong, but with assignments around the world, Louise sits as a full-time independent arbitrator.  She continues to teach intensive dispute resolution courses for LLM candidates and runs training courses for both new and experienced arbitrators.  Ms. Barrington is also the founding president of Arbitral Women.

More about our topic:  Representing Parties in International Arbitration: Leveling the Playing Field

One of the most valued aspects of international arbitration is its flexibility and broad potential for accommodating different expectations arising from diverse legal, political and social cultures and traditions.  One significant challenge, however, is “double deontology,” where counsel are governed by two different and potentially conflicting professional and ethical standards:  that of their home jurisdiction and that of the seat of the arbitration.  When you introduce a third standard, that of opposing counsel, the tribunal is presented with the complex task of “marrying” at least three different systems to create a single process that is fair and workable for all.  Ms. Barrington will address this topic, which raises numerous issues of procedural and ethical fairness and is a minefield for the unwary.

November 5, 2014 — Arbitrator Decision Making:  Psychological Influences and Arbitrator Preferences

Edna Sussman, of SussmanADR LLC, gave a lunchtime presentation on the psychology behind arbitrator decision making. Ms. Sussman is one of five arbitration trainers nationwide for the American Arbitration Association’s new arbitrators, serves on the boards and executive committees of the American Arbitration Association and the College of Commercial Arbitrators and as Vice Chair of the New York International Arbitration Center. She has published and lectured extensively on the arbitration and mediation process.

October 23, 2014—Fall Networking Reception 

NCIAC co-hosted a joint fall networking reception with the State Bar of California International Law and Criminal Law Sections, and the California Young Lawyers Association at The Press Club in San Francisco.

August 27, 2014 Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration

At this lunchtime event, leading third-party funder, Bentham IMF discussed options and strategies for third-party funding for international arbitration. The presentation covered best practices for funders, conflicts of interest between arbitrators and funders, funder control, champerty and maintenance, and fee-shifting, as well as discussing the practice more broadly.  It was an invaluable primer to anyone considering the introduction of third party funding in an arbitration practice.

May 16, 2014,  NCIAC-ICDR Joint Event

This program featured morning Dispute-Wise Sessions discussing the corporate perspective on dispute resolution and a lunch presentation by ICDR President Steve Andersen on ICDR’s new International Arbitration Rules, which came into effect June 1, 2014. You can read the new rules online here. Click here for the event details.

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