Pre-Vis Moot Conference in Vienna

Conflict of Laws in Arbitration

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 9:30  16:30
Venue: Juridicum, Universität Wien, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna, Hörsaal 18
Fees: 50 €, Registration required
Host: University of Vienna, Faculty of Law

Despite claims by various authors that conflict of laws plays a limited role in arbitration, case law from numerous jurisdictions proves the opposite. It can be assumed that with the advent of new questions and new players the importance will even increase.

Based on selected contributions to the forthcoming second edition of a book by Ferrari/Kröll (eds), Conflict of laws in International Arbitration, the conference will address and discuss the law applicable to some of these questions.


9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:15

Opening remarks
Prof. Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna, Vienna)
Prof. Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)

10:15 – 11:45

Extension of arbitration agreements to third parties: A never ending legal quest through the spatial-temporal continuum
Prof. Abdel Wahab (Zulficar & Partners, Cairo)

The effect of overriding mandatory rules on the arbitration agreement
Prof. Karsten Thorn (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)

The relevance of the Hague Choice of Law Principles in international commercial arbitration
Prof. Franco Ferrari (New York University, New York City)

Session chair: Prof. Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna, Vienna)

11:45 – 12:15

Coffee break

12:15 – 13:15

Arbitration and insolvency – selected conflict of laws problems
Prof. Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)

The law applicable to privilege
Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld (Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte, Hamburg)

Session chair: Prof. Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University, Montreal)

13:15 – 14:15

Lunch break

14:15 – 16:15

The law governing counsel's ethical obligations in international arbitration
Margie-Lys Jaime (Disan LLP, Washington D.C.)

The law governing the liability of arbitrators
Yagmur Hortoglu (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris)

The law applicable to the liability of arbitral institutions
Pauline Köstner (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Jena)

Conflict of laws and investment arbitration
Dr. Jan Asmus Bischoff (M.M. Warburg & Co, Hamburg)

Session chair: Prof. Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University, Montreal)

16:15 – 16:30

Closing remarks
Prof. Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University, Montreal)

The Conference will precede the 25th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

The Conference is graciously hosted by the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law.
Please register below with the University of Vienna’s Event Management and Conference Services.

Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email which includes a voucher code to book your flights to the Conference with Austrian Airlines and save 15% on all applicable fares.

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Center for International Dispute Resolution
Bucerius Law School – Hochschule für Rechtswissenschaft
Jungiusstr. 6
20355 Hamburg

E-mail: cidr(at)