Synergy and Divergence between Civil law and Common Law in International Arbitration

The Chartered Institute of Arbitration has held in Paris a very well attended conference on this topic which handled various aspects such as The Role of Legislation in Developing and Sustaining an Arbitration Friendly Seat, then What the Client Wants - Strategic Choices in Drafting Arbitration Agreements, then again The Perspective from Arbitral Institutions on Building the Synergy between Civil and Common Law, Other Topics included The Art of Advocacy, Civil - Common Law Styles, Divergence and Convergence, The New Global Order and Arbitration, Judicial Intervention Perceptions and Reactions, The Civil and Common Law Approaches and eventually The Civil – Common Law Styles and eventually Practical Solutions to Current Problems.

The conference was chaired by Prof. Comair-Obeid, President of the Institute, Prof. Pierre Tercier, Emeritus Professor, University of Friburg, Prof. George A. Bermann, Professor at the Columbia Law School, Lord Neuburger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls, Court of Appeal of England, Alexis Mourre, President of the ICC Court of Arbitration, President Canivet, former First President of the French Court of Cassation, Prof. Pierre Mayer, Julian Lew Q.C., David W. Rivkin, former President of the IBA, Dominique Hascher, Judge at the French Court of Cassation, Ibrahim Fadlallah, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris.

It was reminded that, in the occasion of the celebration of its Centenary the Chartered Institute has set out 10 Principles for the selection of the seat of arbitration.

It has 16.000 members, is based on 133 countries and has 38 branches.

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