Arbitration Day

On Tuesday, May 4th 2017 Bucerius Law School, the Brazilian arbitration institution CAM-CCBC, the Hamburg Arbitration Circle and the Rechtsstandort Hamburg e. V. hosted the first Hamburg International Arbitration Day.

The conference, which was organised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll und Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn of Bucerius Law School, took place in the auditorium on BLS campus and addressed the topic of Interim Relief in Arbitration, focussing on the available measures and their enforcement as well as the role of courts, tribunals and arbitration institutions.

An audience of about 150 participants was invited not only to follow the presentations of top-class international arbitration professionals but also to ask questions and discuss the topics presented with the speakers. The latter included inter alia Prof. Dr. Nathalie Voser, partner with Schellenberg-Wittmer and professor at University of Basel, Prof. Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy of Stockholm University as well as Carlos S. Forbes, President of CAM-CCBC and Prof. Cláudio Finkelstein of Pontifical Catholic University São Paulo.

Among arbitration practitioners many international students had the opportunity to attend the conference as they also participated in the CAM-CCBC Hanseatic Pre-Moot, which took place the day after. For these students the conference had another benefit to offer: This year’s Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which is just about to begin on April 6th in Vienna, also addresses the issue of interim relief granted by an arbitral tribunal. Thus, one or another participant of the pre-moot might take the chance and use arguments from the presentations in his or her own pleadings.

Finally, the highlight at the end of the conference was the singning of a cooperation agreement between CAM-CCBC and the European-Latinamerican Arbitration Association (ELArb). Afterwards, the law firm Taylor Wessing invited the participants of the conference to a champagne reception in their Hamburg office – including an amazing view on the harbour and the Elbphilharmonie.


Text: Moritz Nickel; Pictures: Lenny Sonner