The Swiss Arbitration and ADR Committee held 1 July 2016 a meeting in Paris between the Secretariat of the Court and the Swiss arbitrators, under the chairmanship of Mr. Urs Weber-Stecher. At the meeting, besides the general issues of procedures and specific questions, it was mostly to strengthen the relations between the staff of the Secretariat of the Court and the Swiss arbitration community and to meet with some of the counsels personally. A dinner in the presence of Mr. Dominique Hascher, Supreme Advisor to the French Supreme Court was held the day before with the French Committee of ICC and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in France. The Study Tour in 2016 was a great success and will be organized again in 2017.
Regional Trade Agreements can not replace the multilateral system
6 July 2016 – Regional Trade Agreements can not replace the multilateral system. Mr Yonov Fredericke Agah, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization delivered a special contribution at the Annual Assembly of ICC Switzerland.
The international challenges remain the same - to promote growth, jobs and investment. We have to accept that the UK and its trade and investment partners are now operating in a new reality. We must urge calm and properly assess the implications for businesses worldwide.
Please note that ICC UK Secretary General Chris Southworth remains available to respond to any questions you may have with regards to the ICC UK response.
Annual Assembly 2016
A special highlight will be the keynote of our Guest of honour Mr Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization WTO.
As one fundamental mission of the world business organization is to help business meet challenges and opportunities of globalization, Philip Kucharski, Chief Operating Officer will present the new ICC projects.
This year, the General Assembly of ICC Switzerland will have a specific focus on the important work of the ICC commissions. ICC Switzerland is a membership-based organization and a strong national representation is essential. Because our Swiss experts in the ICC Commissions are the backbone of our national committee, the meeting will be an occasion for members to have a clearer picture of the actual important topics. Each coordinator will present a specific issue discussed in “his” commission. This will be followed by an interactive discussion with the participants. This shall be a substantive exchange and enable at the same time a better understanding of the ICC Commissions as well as of the substance.
ICC Annual Assembly 2016 Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16:30 Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Mythenquai 50-60, 8022 Zürich
ICC announces strong growth in the performance of the ICC Court last year
Noting the Court’s position as the world’s leading arbitral institution, the release highlights the growing diversity and increasing complexity of ICC arbitration cases in 2015. The release also highlights the disclosure for the first time of gender diversity statistics in relation to the composition of ICC arbitration tribunals.
Switzerland is one of the preferred countries for international arbitrations. In 2015 ICC Switzerland has been invited to nominate sole arbitrators or Chairmen in 28 cases. The Swiss Commission will organize on 1st of July a visit to the ICC Court. The program as well as the registration form are attached. ICC Switzerland will also devote part of its annual meeting to the topic of arbitration on 6th July 2016. Invitations will be sent soon.