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Towards Greater Efficiency in International Arbitration


Welcome to Zurich, where lake, mountains and a quaint old town go hand in hand with a trendy cultural scene and a vibrant nightlife! The AIJA International Arbitration Commission is delighted to invite you to its 11th Annual Arbitration Conference to discuss efficiency, one of the most topical issues in international arbitration. Join us in Zurich, Switzerland on 27-29 June 2019!

It is often said that with its increasing popularity, international arbitration has also become less efficient. According to the 2018 International Arbitration Survey by Queen Mary and White & Case, costs are considered the "worst" feature of international arbitration. The survey also revealed that a majority of arbitration practitioner believed that increased efficiency, including through technology, is the factor that is most likely to have a significant impact on the future evolution of international arbitration. During the 11th Annual Arbitration Conference, we will discuss a wide range of issues concerning efficiency in international arbitration. What does efficiency mean in international arbitration – and what can be done to improve? What is the client's, the counsel's, and the institution's view on efficiency? How can technology assist to make arbitration proceedings more efficient? And how can the determination and allocation of costs impact the efficiency of arbitration proceedings?

In addition to the academic value of the event, getting together will also create the opportunity to meet and see old and new friends, to enjoy some first-class entertainment in the evenings, and to get active during some athletic activities if you feel like it – breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps included!

The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on Thursday evening, 27 June 2019. The academic programme will start on Friday morning, 28 June 2019.

The Organising Committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Zurich!


With the support of



AIJA Commissions involved
  • International Arbitration


Towards Greater Efficiency in International Arbitration

18:00 - 20:30

Address: Limmatquai 3, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Not included in the registration fee, payable locally

08:00 - 09:00

Address: Seestrasse 125, CH-8002 Zürich, Switzerland
09:00 - 09:30

Paola Fudakowska, AIJA First Vice-president, FCO Legal Directorate, United Kingdom
09:30 - 10:00

Urs Weber-Stecher, President of the Swiss Commission of Arbitration (National Committee) of ICC Switzerland, a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution, Wenger & Vieli, Zurich, Switzerland
10:00 - 11:15

Nadia Smahi, Bär & Karrer AG, Associate, Geneva, Switzerland
Alina Leoveanu, ICC International Center for ADR, Manager, Paris, France
Christopher Campbell, Baker Huges/GE Company, Visiting Counsel, Florence, Italy
Ewelina Wetrys, K&L Gates, Senior Associate, Warsaw, Poland
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

Stefan Leimgruber, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland
Camilla Gambarini, Withersworldwide, London, UK
James Menz, Bombardier Transportation, Senior Litigation Expert, Berlin Germany
Flore Poloni, August Debouzy, Paris, France
13:00 - 14:15

14:15 - 15:30

Chloé Terrapon, Walder Wyss Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland
Eric Johnson, Cederquist KB, Stockholm, Sweden
Elisabeth Leimbacher, Takeda, Zurich, Switzerland
Maria Gritsenko, Veon, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anna Bilanová, Czech Ministry of Finance,  Prague, Czech Republic

Workshop B: Efficiency – the counsel's perspective
(Chicago meeting room)
Michael Bösch, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG, Zurich, Switzerland
Melissa Magliana, Lalive, Zurich, Switzerland
Michelangelo Cicogna, De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Milan, Italy
Gunnar Pickl, Dorda Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Workshop C: Efficiency – the institution's and the arbitrator's perspective
(San Francisco meeting room)
Simone Hofbauer, Barandun AG, Zurich, Switzerland
Marlene Sauer, Deputy Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration
Pascale Gola, Ruoss Voegele, Zurich, Switzerland
Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Director of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce
Christian Oetiker, Court Member of Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution, VISCHER, Basle, Switzerland
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:45



Address: Döltschiweg 234, 8055 Zürich, Switzerland

Address: Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

10:00 - 11:15

Elena Kadelburger, Underwood & Co Solicitors LLP, London, UK
Marc Krestin, Allen & Overy LLP, Paris, France
Francesca Salerno, Legance Avvocati Associati, Rome, Italy
Michael Cartier, Walder Wyss Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland
David Bloch, CEO of Legartis, Zurich, Switzerland 
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

Lukas Rusch, Pestalozzi, Zurich, Switzerland
Tino Schneider, Lalive, Zurich, Switzerland
Silvia Dahlberg, Vinge, Gothenburg, Sweden
Nicola Peart, Three Crowns, London, UK
Nino Sievi, CMS, Zurich, Switzerland
13:00 - 14:00

15:00 - 17:00

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally
- Uetliberg-hike (people who do not wish to hike may take the train and join for drinks at the Restaurant on top)
- Visit of Museum Rietberg.
- Swimming in Lake Zurich

22:00 - 02:00

Address: Widder Garage, Augustinerhof 1, 8001 Zürich

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

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Practical Information


Please book your room at the Motel One Hotel prior to 9 May 2019 by submitting this FORM directly to the hotel.

Address: Stockerstrasse 61, 8002 Zürich



Seminar, welcome reception and dinner: Business Casual

Saturday afternoon option hike: hiking equipment

Saturday home hospitality dinner: Casual


AIJA Registration Cancellation Policy

Up to 6 weeks before the event: Refund of 100% of the registration fees paid
deducted by an administrative fee of 50 EUR

Up to 2 weeks before the event: Refund of 50% of the registration fee paid
deducted by an administrative fee of 50 EUR 

Less than 2 week before the event: No refund

Organising Committee

Pascale GOLA Ruoss Vögele (SWITZERLAND)
Eric JOHNSON Advokatfirman Cederquist (SWEDEN)
Stefan LEIMGRUBER Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd (SWITZERLAND)
Lukas RUSCH Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd (SWITZERLAND)


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