YAAP April Newsletter

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Dear Members and Friends,

We hope you are all keeping well and counting down the days to summer! We have a few dates for your calendar below, all of course in person!

Also have a look at the reports on past events further below.

UPCOMING: YAAP Roundtable - Let's talk about money: Wednesday, 11 May 2022

We hope to see you at our next roundtable with Michael Komuczky (attorney at law, MK Legal) and Maximilian Rieder (founder of RISULT Unternehmensberatung), who will explore various problems of dealing with financial constraints of parties during arbitral proceedings. They will also propose solutions for arbitrators, counsel and parties. 

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 7 pm
Venue: Café Korb, Brandstätte 7/9, 1010 Vienna
Registration: Please RSVP on the YAAP website

UPCOMING: GAR Live: Vienna 2022: Monday, 23 May 2022

GAR Live is coming to Vienna for the 4th time and YAAP is a proud co-organizer! The conference will open with a welcome address by Alma Zadic, Austrian Minister of Justice, and will be followed by a keynote address delivered by Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton, on International Law: Ordering a Disordered World.

Further topics include:
  • The GAR Live Inquisition - Is there such a thing as a "bad" challenge?
  • Is confidentiality on the decline in internationals commercial arbitration?
  • The GarLive Debate - Remission of cases to arbitral tribunals

Date: Monday, 23 May 2022, 10 am
Venue: Christoph Leitl Lounge, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63, 1040 Vienna
Registration: Register on the official conference website.

UPCOMING: Co-Chairs' Circle (CCC) Global Conference "Legitimacy in and of Arbitration": Thursday, 2 June 2022 - Saturday, 4 June 2022

Are you as excited as we are that international conferences are back? That we can exchange in person again with colleagues from all over the world? Then join us for the 4th Co-Chairs' Circle (CCC) Global Conference "Legitimacy in and of Arbitration" in Brussels from 2-4 June 2022. For the programme and further information, please visit the conference website.

CCC is an association of more than 40 young arbitration organisations from all over the world, co-founded by YAAP. The CCC Conference takes place every two years.

Date: Thursday, 2 June 2022 - Saturday, 4 June 2022
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Registration: Register on the official conference website.

For a review of our previous events, please keep reading below.

Best regards,
Anna & Ulrich 

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Past events:

REVIEW: Young Approaches to Arbitration, 9 April 2022: In the run up to the 29th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the annual joint ICC YAF and YAAP conference took place. While the Vis Moot was held virtually, the conference took place as a hybrid event. We were thrilled to see many mooties there in person. The opening remarks were given by Angelika Zoder (ICC Austria) and Ulrich Kopetzki (YAAP). The topic of mandatory rules and the arbitrator’s duty and power to apply such rules was discussed by Andrea Nikolić (University of Belgrade), Eléonore Toupart (ICC) and Marcin J. Menkes (Queritius and Warsaw School of Economics), expertly moderated by Oliver M. Loksa (Hausmaninger Kletter). In times of economic sanctions, this panel was very topical and the panelists provided - amongst others - interesting views on the legal problems triggered by them. Up next was the ICC YAF Call for Ideas, skilfully moderated by Sarah Böck (Peters Ortner Partners). Elizabeth Chan (Allen & Overy), won the Call for Ideas with her innovative proposal that the Vis Moot should host the first-ever mock arbitration in virtual reality next year. Finally, given that this year’s Vis Moot problem involved questions of the applicability of the CISG to the arbitration agreement, the mooties in the audience were particular curious about the last panel: Applying the CISG in international arbitration: A straightforward exercise? The lively discussion between Florence Jaeger (Homburger), Nevena Jevremović (University of Aberdeen) and Jörn Hombeck (HANEFELD), competently moderated by Petra Marijanović (Baker McKenzie), left no doubt that applying the CISG is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Closing remarks were delivered by Tamara Manasijevic (ICC YAF). We are very grateful to the speakers for their outstanding contributions.

REVIEW: YAAP Roundtable: Arbitration goes Blockchain, 16 March 2022: Dirk Wiegandt (HANEFELD) and Johannes Landbrecht (GABRIEL Arbitration) came all the way from Hamburg and Geneva for our first roundtable this year in Café Korb. They delivered an insightful presentation on blockchain and arbitration, exploring the role of arbitration in the context of blockchain technology and smart contracts. They distinguished between, on the one hand, disputes arising directly out of on‑chain transactions (On-Chain Disputes) and, on the other hand, disputes arising off-chain but still related to smart contracts or blockchain technology (Off-Chain Disputes). One particular aspect of On-Chain Disputes which gave rise to interesting questions and discussions was Kleros, a decentralized dispute resolution protocol for use on smart contract platforms, which has been implemented on Ethereum. Kleros resolves disputes through crowdsourcing: a tribunal is drawn from the crowd and decides on the dispute! As usual, the presentation was accompanied and followed by drinks, which lastet until late in the evening.
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