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IDArb: Facilitating Arbitration for International Distribution Disputes

Geneva, 7 November 2017, late afternoon.

Companies deciding to submit international distribution-related disputes (including agency and franchising agreements) to arbitration often face the problem of identifying arbitrators having a specific experience in that field. Moreover, in some cases, the amount at stake does not seem high enough to justify the recourse to international arbitration.

The International Distribution Institute (IDI), the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG) will report on their reflection, partnership and joint dispute resolution services aimed at allowing a greater time and cost efficiency for all disputes in the field of distribution (including for agency and franchising agreements), whether the amount in dispute is large or not. A list of specialized arbitrators will be revealed and a dedicated arbitration clause will be proposed, together with specific procedural recommendations.

This conference will focus on giving in-house counsel drafting distribution-related contracts and managing related disputes the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and discuss the propositions made by the IDI and SCAI teams.

Arbitrators who are not on the list will be invited to consider submitting their candidacies and members of the Selecting Committee will be present.

Confirmed speakers include:

– Prof. Fabio Bortolotti
– Dr. Cesare Jermini
– Mr. Jaap Van Till
– Prof. Jean-Paul Vulliéty
– Prof. Didier Ferrier
– Mr Stefano Catelani
– Mr Igor San Juan

A networking cocktail will enable participants to continue their discussions after the formal presentations.

The conference will take place in the Warwick Hotel which is very conveniently located in front of the main Geneva train station and only 6 minutes away from the Geneva airport by train.

For further details, please see the program.

Organisation: IDI, SCAI & CCIG

We look forward to seeing you there!