On 8-9 March 2012 15th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day “Neutrality: myth or reality?” took place in Stockholm.
As usually it gathered the leading international arbitration specialists and practitioners, in-house lawyers, counsels, solicitors and the representatives of the judicial community from all over the world. This time the quantity of the participants exceeded 500.
The topics of the 15th IBA Arbitration Day were divided into two main blocks. The issues, which were discussed during the first session of the conference addressed actual problems of the neutrality in the cause of the arbitration procedure. The second block of the conference mainly covered the issues of neutrality of the system of investment arbitration and the revision necessity of the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts.
The consideration of the neutrality adherence during thearbitration procedure was in the form of an interactivediscussion of all possible elements of the arbitration procedure starting from choosing the place of arbitration, presentation of evidence, the language of the arbitration, etc.
Prominent speakers tried not only to provide a comprehensive analysis of the above issues, taking into account the differences in legal cultures and practices, but to share their own experiences, which made the discussion specifically interesting for the audience.
One of the most interesting discussions regarding the future of the international investment arbitration concerned the so-called double-hat syndrome. The key issue of the discussion touched the influence of combining the role of arbitrator and counsel in investment disputes.
Dr. Tatyana Slipachuk, partner with Sayenko Kharenko, as the Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee actively participated in the working out of this event. She also took part in the 2nd Annual GAR Awards. Nearly 250 arbitrators and practitioners gathered for the charity awards ceremony, hosted by the chair of GAR's editorial board. There were 11 awards in total-all but three decided by public vote, the others chosen by the GAR team.