Pre-Vis Moot Conference in Vienna

Costs and Damages in International Arbitration

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
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


Costs and damages are two - often interrelated - topics in international arbitration which have received considerable attention over the last few years. The complaints by users that arbitration has become too expensive and too slow have been taken seriously by all major institution and numerous suggestions have been made on how to tackle the problem. One of the areas of concern is generally the damage phase in the arbitral proceedings. The conference will address a number of the most pertinent issues relating to costs and damages.

The Conference will precede the 26th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.




Opening remarks

Prof. Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna, Vienna)

Prof. Franco Ferrari (New York University, New York City)


How heuristics misshape reasoning and lead to increased costs in arbitration

Prof. Anthony Daimsis (University of Ottawa, Ottawa)

Improving trust and transparency in arbitrator time reporting

Robin Oldenstam (Mannheimer Swartling, Stockholm)

Allocation of costs in international arbitration: A comparative analysis of approaches in commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration

Steven Finizio (Wilmer Hale, London)

Session chair: Prof. Patricia Shaughnessy (Stockholm University, Stockholm)

Coffee break

Reimbursement of in-house counsel, management and employees' cost in international arbitration

Dr. Crina Baltag (University of Bedfordshire, Luton)

Arbitrary and unpredictable: how cost awards undermine the reputation of international arbitration

Michael Mcilwrath (Baker Hughes GE, Florence)

Security for costs in ICSID cases

Celeste E. Salinas Quero (ICSID, Washington, D.C.

Session chair: Prof. Franco Ferrari (New York University, New York City)

Lunch break

Third-party funding: the award on costs and security for costs

John Fellas (Hughes Hubbard & Reed, New York City)

Integrity and pragmatism for third-party funding in international arbitration

Prof. Catherine Rogers (Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania)

Damages for infringements of antitrust law in arbitration

Prof. Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School, Hamburg)

Awarding damages to expropriated parties

Prof. Petra Butler (Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington)

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


Closing remarks

Prof. Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University, Montreal)

The Conference is graciously hosted by the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law. Please click the button below to register with the University of Vienna.

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