Vienna Arbitration Days 2018 - a Review


The Vienna Arbitration Days 2018 took again place on 19 and 20 January 2018 in the historic “Palais Niederösterreich” in the heart of Vienna. Around 230 international arbitration practitioners from over 30 countries joined this annual conference. The conference started-off with a captivating keynote speech delivered by Maxi Scherer on the topic “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Dispute Resolution”. Maxi Scherer ‎spoke about how her job – and her students' jobs – might be transformed by artificial intelligence in the years to come, arguing that for some parts of international arbitration "the human factor" will always be needed (Global Arbitration Review as of 19th February 2018).

Her speech was followed by two panels exploring “New Ways in and New Fields for Arbitration”. The last panel on Day 1 dealt with “Traditional Ways revisited – lessons learned from the past” and thus forged a bridge spanning from the past over the present to the far future where human arbitrators may or may not be replaced by Artificial Intelligences. On the second day these interesting topics were expanded and discussed in the well-proven format of the World-Café on 14 tables.

A selection of photos of the conference has been made available online on Arb|Aut’s website.

Next year’s Vienna Arbitration Days will be held on 1-2 March 2019. Mark your calendars!