Annual Labour Law Conference // Annual Litigation Conference // Joint Session with the SCILL Commission

Amsterdam

13 October 17:00 CEST - 15 October 2022 13:00 CEST

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Amsterdam is the capital of a country where complex dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) have long been ingrained. This city has been chosen as the location of this exciting double seminar and it is one of the greatest small cities in the world with its wonderful canals’ system, architecture, parks and museums. Cycling enthusiasts will find themselves in heaven on earth in Amsterdam!

Litigation Annual Conference – The rise of group and multi-party litigation and its challenges

The increase in group litigations, class actions and multi-party litigations show no signs of slowing down. Claims have become increasingly large and complex, bringing new and varied challenges.

This seminar will examine the challenges of large scale and group litigations, with perspectives from both members of the judiciary and practitioners. We will look at trends in the market, funding and witnesses (both fact and expert) in multi-party proceedings. In addition, we will also focus on wider skills, including advocacy and witness examination.

Whether you are a class or group action specialist, represent one or more parties in multi-party litigation, or want to develop your advocacy and examination skills this seminar will be relevant to you.

Annual Labour Law Conference – How to deal with employment issues efficiently and to solve disputes in the best interest of the client

Employment relations have become increasingly complicated, with the volume of claims in an employment context (and the delays in resolving those claims) inevitably rising. Moreover, employment claims often involve many other business aspects stretching beyond the individual employment relationship such as protection of trade secrets, compliance issues (internal audits) and debt recovery. The seminar attendees will not only be offered useful insights on resolving employment disputes in a traditional way but also by the means of ADR.

Besides resolving employment disputes, further “hot” topics, such as gender discrimination at the workplace, global mobility, employment implications of whistleblowing regimes and how out of office activities affect the employment will be addressed throughout the conference.

Joint Session with the SCILL Commission

Moreover, the Litigation and Labour Law Commissions have teamed up with the SCILL Commission for an interactive joint session on “Neuroscience”.  All attendees are invited to join this session, which aims to hone the soft skills required for lawyers when dealing with clients and counterparties not only during negotiations (such as settlement negotiations) but also during commercial and labour disputes

 

We look forward to seeing you all in Amsterdam from Thursday, 13 October 2022 to Saturday, 15 October 2022, for what promises to be a thrilling event.


AIJA Commissions

  • Labour Law
  • Litigation
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)

Full programme

Annual Labour Law Conference

Thursday 13 October 2022

16:00 » 18:00
Registrations at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
18:00 » 20:00
Welcome reception at the Hotel Bar
20:00
Optional dinner
(in small groups, several restaurants, payable onsite)

Friday 14 October 2022

08:00 » 08:45
Registrations at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
08:45 » 09:00
Welcome address by the AIJA President
09:00 » 09:10
Introduction and presentation of the seminar by the Organising Committee
09:10 » 10:20
Diversity and Inclusion? Mind the Gap!

Employers are facing an increasing number of discriminatory issues, with the gender pay gap only being the tip of the iceberg.
We will be exploring the newest developments with regard to equal pay, (un)biased algorithmic decision making and #metoo at the workplace.
10:20 » 10:40
Coffee break
10:40 » 12:00
Immigration Law and the Race for Talent

We will examine if and how immigration law can give employers an advantage in the global race for talent. We will discuss the latest immigration law trends, such as global mobility, work from anywhere and Workactions.
12:00 » 13:00
Lunch
13:00 » 14:00
Joint session SCILL – Labour – Litigation on  “Applying Neuroscience to Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Mixed Modes”

External speaker: Jeremy Lack
14:00 » 15:00
Disputes and Negotiations in and Out of Court– Pick Your Battles

Is winning in court the best solution?
We examine options of alternative dispute resolutions and the situations in which one or the other is most effective to achieve your client’s goals.
15:00 » 15:20
Coffee break
15:20 » 16:20
Labour Training Session with Jeremy Lack
16:20 » 17:30
Blow the Whistle

In light of the EU Whistleblowing Directive, we will have a look on globally existing whistle-blower regimes, their impact on employment relationships and what employers should be aware of when voluntarily or compulsorily introducing whistleblowing systems.
19:00 » 20:30
Boat tour through canals with drinks to dinner location
20:30 » 01:30
Dinner and party at De Kroon

Saturday 15 October 2022

09:00 » 10:00
Registrations at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
10:00 » 11:15
The Employee – When Your Biggest Asset Becomes Your Trade Secrets’ Biggest Liability

We explore the employee’s ability to share information outside of the employment relationship that could be harmful to the employer.
Trade secrets, intellectual property, social media and the human nature of employees are the challenges employers face in ensuring the protection of their interests.
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 » 12:45
The Employee – Private Life as Private Matter? How in and Out of Office Private Activities Affect the Employment

In a world where everyone can easily share their private opinions with thousands within seconds, we examine where one may draw the line between employees’ private activities and employers’ interests.
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
16:00
Departure from the Hotel for dinner & Walking tour
17:00 » 22:00
Optional social program incl. dinner at Mooie Boules

Annual Litigation Conference

Thursday 13 October 2022

16:00 » 18:00
Registrations at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
18:00 » 20:00
Welcome reception at the Hotel Bar
20:00
Optional dinner
(in small groups, several restaurants, payable onsite)

Friday 14 October 2022

08:00 » 08:45
Registrations at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
08:45 » 09:00
Welcome address by the AIJA President
09:00 » 09:10
Introduction and presentation of the seminar by the Organising Committee
09:20 » 10:20
Key-note speeches: The role of the judge in group actions, class actions and multi-party proceedings.

Key-note speakers
Dr Patrick Melin – Presiding Judge at the regional Court of Stuttgart (commercial chambers): “Effective dispute resolution the German way: Judicial strategies in brokering settlement agreements in multi-party commercial disputes"

Moderators:
  • Michelle Krekels, Bureau Brandeis, The Netherlands)
  • Pierre-Yves Samson, Zschunke, France
10:20 » 10:40
Coffee break
10:40 » 12:00
Panel Nr.1 “Class / Group / multi-party actions – Challenges”

Topics include:
  • Opt-in or opt-out
  • Case management
  • Client management
  • Financing / Funding
12:00 » 13:00
Lunch
13:00 » 14:00
Joint session SCILL – Labour – Litigation on  “Applying Neuroscience to Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Mixed Modes”

External speaker: Jeremy Lack
14:00 » 15:00
Litigation Training Session - “Applying Neuroscience to negotiation and mediation advocacy for commercial disputes”

External speaker: Jeremy Lack
15:00 » 15:20
Coffee break
15:20 » 17:30
Workshop - Witness examination / Cross examination

External speaker: Michael Polkinghorne, White and Case

Michael will focus on the key ‘rules’ of examination of witnesses, cross-examination and re-examination. To include small group exercises.
19:00 » 20:30
Boat tour through canals with drinks to dinner location
20:30 » 01:30
Dinner and party at De Kroon

Saturday 15 October 2022

09:00 » 10:00
Registrations at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
10:00 » 11:15
Panel Nr.2 “Derivative actions from a global perspective”

  • How are derivative actions governed in various jurisdictions?
  • Can derivative claims pave a way to proceedings in other jurisdictions?
11:15 » 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 » 12:45
Panel Nr.3 Management and practicalities of litigating in multiple jurisdictions in multi-party or class action proceedings
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
16:00
Departure from the Hotel for dinner & Walking tour
17:00 » 22:00
Optional social program incl. dinner at Mooie Boules

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Organising Committee

Francesca DALLA VOLTA
Brown Rudnick LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)

Nicole DEPARADE
GSK Stockmann (GERMANY)

Adam FLACKS
LK Law LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)

Michelle KREKELS
bureau Brandeis (NETHERLANDS)

Pieter KROP
Kroes Advocaten Immigration Lawers (NETHERLANDS)

Pierre-Yves SAMSON
Zschunke Avocats/ Rechtsanwälte (FRANCE)

Sanne VAN RUITENBEEK
Pallas Advocaten (NETHERLANDS)

Lukas WIESER
ZFZ Zeiler Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)