The Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI) and HIAD welcomed the 15th IFCAI Biennial Conference which took place in Helsinki on 23 May 2019.

Our Secretary General Alice Fremuth-Wolf, who is an IFCAI Council member, was moderator of the interactive session on the topic "Issues Giving Arbitrators a Headache when Striving for an Effective Arbitral Process – What Are the Topical Questions?".

We invite you to access:

  • a short video of the conference here
  • the conference photos here 
  • the conference materials here 
  • a brief “Participant Satisfaction Survey” that we would appreciate you completing here
  • a paper on artificial intelligence and legal decision-making by Maxi Scherer here

You can also use #IFCAIHelsinki2019 to see the discussion about the conference on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Klaudia Dobosz (on behalf of VIAC) participated in the first meeting of four (international) arbitral institutions, which was held in Polish language, together with German Arbitration Institute (DIS), Sąd Arbitrażowy przy Krajowej Izbie Gospodarczej w Warszawie (SAKIG) and Sąd Arbitrażowy przy Związku Banków Polskich (ZBP) and the local arbitration community in Warsaw on 22 May 2019.

We thank the Young Arbitration Forum at SAKIG for making such a great event happen and look forward to meeting again soon!

On May 8, VIAC and YAAP hosted a Round table with case managers, from the four arbitral institutions, which gave practical insights into daily case management issues.

On 12 April 2019, the HKIAC/VIAC Joint Conference took place in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (“WKÖ”). Peter Leaver QC, Prof. Janet Walker, VIAC and Vice-President Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz answered questions from the audience on “Concurrent Proceedings and Confidentiality”, "Impact of the applicable law to the arbitration agreement", "Admissibility of illegally obtained evidence" and "Evidence and legal positions in related proceedings" moderated by Sarah Grimmer (Secretary General of HKIAC). 

Well-known arbitration and mediation practitioners have authored this new guide and commentated on the new Vienna Rules and the new Vienna Mediation Rules 2018, which came into effect on 1 January 2018. This guide provides a helpful and easily comprehensible overview over proceedings administered by the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC). Designed for practitioners, the guide reproduces each article entirely and provides detailed comments and background information on the amendments.