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Your First International
Arbitration: Dos and Don’ts
Moderator:
Annette C. Escobar, Astigarraga Davis, Miami, FL
Speakers:
John H. Mathias, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL
Mark A. Nadeau, DLA Piper LLP, Phoenix, AZ
Bette Shifman, CPR International Institute for Conflict
Prevention & Resolution, Inc., New York, NY
ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona April 2014
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Basics of an International Arbitration
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Initiating Arbitration
– Arbitral clause/rules/institutions
– The Panel
– Organizational Meeting
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Issues During Arbitration
– Evidentiary Issues, Witnesses, and Arbitral Hearing
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Post-Arbitration Issues
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Enforcement
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Arbitration Clauses
Seat
 Scope of Clause
 Institution and Rules
 Language
 Number of Arbitrators
 Interim Remedies
 Consolidation/Joinder
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Main Arbitral Institutions and Rules
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Arbitral Institutions
ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, CPR, JAMS, CIETAC ,
HKIAC, SIAC, SCC
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Rules
– Administered: AAA, ICDR, ICC
– Non-administered: UNCITRAL
The Panel: Does it Matter?
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Number of Arbitrators
Impartiality
Arbitrator Selection:
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List Method (ICDR)
Party Appointed Arbitrators Select Chair
Institution or Court appoints chair
Investigations
Interviews
Effect of Choice
– Bias in favor of party
– Pre-existing opinions/biases on issues
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Organizational Meeting
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Seat
Procedural (arbitration) law of seat
Mandatory provisions
Unless otherwise agreed by the parties
Choice of Applicable Substantive Law
 Witnesses
 Disclosures/Discovery
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– IBA Rules
– ICDR Guidelines
– Not U.S. style
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Organizational Meeting
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Briefing
– Statement of Claim
– Statement of Defense
– Other Memorials
Confidentiality
 Timetable
 Fees and Costs
 Procedural Order(s); Terms of Reference
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Ethical Issues
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Arbitrators
– ICDR: The Code of Ethics for Arbitrators
– IBA: International Principles on Conduct
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Counsel/Parties
– IBA: International Principles
– Local Rules of Ethics
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Ex Parte Communications
Use of Ancillary Court Proceedings
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Evidentiary Issues and Witnesses
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Witnesses
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Statements/Reports
Compulsion of Party Witnesses
Third Party Witnesses
Coaching
Evidentiary issues
– No Evidence Code
– IBA Rules
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Hearing
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Procedure
– Argument
– Presentation of Witnesses
– Arbitral Role
Post-Hearing Memorials
 Endgame
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Enforcement
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Enforcement is the procedure for converting an
international arbitral award into a national
judgment
International arbitral awards are only useful if
enforceable
New York Convention and Panama Convention
– More than 140 signatories
– Limited grounds to challenge
– Key provisions
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No equivalent law for foreign judgments
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Your First International
Arbitration: Dos and Don’ts
Annette C. Escobar
Astigarraga Davis
Partner
Miami
(T) 305 372 8282
(F) 305 372 8202
(E) [email protected]
John H Mathias, Jr.
Jenner & Block
Partner
Chicago
(T) 312 923 2917
(F) 312 840 7317
(E) [email protected]
Mark Nadeau
DLA Piper
Partner
Phoenix
(T) 480 606 5110
(M) 602 908 8820
(E) [email protected]
Bette Shifman
CPR International Institute for Conflict
Prevention & Resolution
Vice President & Special Counsel
New York
(T) 646 753 8226
(E) [email protected]
ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona April 2014
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