Appointing Arbitral Tribunals – comparing the civil and common law approaches

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28/05/2018 @ 17:00 – 20:00
28 Rue Saint-Guillaume
75007 Paris
Emmanuelle Bouvier

Appointing Arbitral Tribunals – comparing the civil and common law approache

The Arbitration Section of the Society of Comparative Law and the Franco British Lawyers Society are jointly hosting this conference.

The appointment of arbitrators is a crucial stage in arbitral procedure, with important strategic consequences.   A failure in the constitution of the Tribunal could render the eventual award a nullity.  Whilst rules concerning independence and impartiality are important, they are subject to interpretation.

The choice of Arbitrators, their number and nationality whether in ad hoc or institutional arbitrations can present complex issues.

We shall hear from Practitioners from France, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Switzerland with a view to comparing different approaches to the issue. This will highlight convergences and differences between Civil and Common Law countries.

The conference will be held in French without translation

Introduction and welcome

Madame Beatrice Castellane – Advocate at the Paris Bar AMCO, President of the ADR and Arbitration section of the SLC.  Honorary past President and Administrator of the French Section of the Franco British Lawyers Society.

Madame Katherine Lisfranc – Former Director of the Ecole de Formation du Barreau , in the Linguistic and Foreign Law Department.   President and Administrator of the French section of the Franco British Lawyers Society


  1. Hugh Mercer QC – Barrister and Arbitrator at Essex Court Chambers and Alphalex Advocates. President of the Advocates Committee of the CCBE and Chairman of the Bar Brexit Committee, (England & Wales).
  2. Catherine Anne Kunz – Counsel at Lalive, Advocate at the Geneva Bar, and Solicitor of England & Wales.
  3. Gillian Carmichael Lemaire – Scottish Solicitor Advocate at the Paris Bar, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Member of the Management Committee of Arbitral Women.
  4. Bernard Vatier – Advocate at the Paris Bar, Partner at Vatier and Partners. Former Bâtonnier of the Paris Bar, former President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and former President of the FBLS.
  5. Patrick Leonard SC – Irish Barrister, member of Arbitration Ireland, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Irish Centre for European Law and The Construction Bar Association

At 19.45 precisely: Closing address.

This conference is registered for 1.5 hours of CPD

Obligatory registration before the 21 May (places are limited), with the Société de Legislation Comparée . Attendance at the conference is free, please come with a passport or identity card.


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