Save the Date: 15 February 2019 – IV Annual Conference of the Belgian Chapter of the CEA – Arbitration and ADR in BIG construction projects of strategic infrastructure

EFILA is proud to announce the IV Annual Conference of the Belgian Chapter of the CEA regarding “Arbitration and ADR in BIG construction projects of strategic infrastructure”.

Brussels, Friday 15th February 2019 – 13:30 to 19:00
Jones Day’s offices – Rue de la Régence 4, 1000 Bruxelles

13:30 Registration of participants

14:00 Welcome remarks
Vanessa Foncke, Jones Day, Brussels
Emilio Paolo Villano, Capítulo Belga del Club Español del Arbitraje, Brussels

14:15 Keynote speech
Nicolas Angelet, Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels

14:45 PANEL 1 – Investment arbitration: where do we stand?
Moderator: Patricia Saiz, Professor at ESADE Law School, Barcelona
Special discussant: Petra Butler, Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
§ The Energy Charter Treaty: is the sky cloudy or is it raining already? Antonio Vázquez-Guillén, Allen & Overy, Madrid
§ Intra-EU BITs after Achmea: the EU standpoint – Tim Maxian Rusche, EU Commission, Legal Service, Brussels
§ The Vattenfall case and the concept of legitimate expectations vs freedom to regulate – Ignacio Santabaya, Jones Day, Madrid

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 PANEL 2 – Dispute resolution in big-scale construction projects
Moderator: Alexander Hansebout, Altius, Brussels
§ When the State or a State-owned entity are the procuring entity or the main contractor: issues, concerns, solutions – Monica Feria-Tinta, 20 Essex Street, London
§ Shaping the dispute resolution mechanism within the supply chain: dos and don’ts – Ioana Knoll-Tudor, Jeantet, Paris
§ Before arbitration: DRB, expert adjudication and more – Lindy Patterson QC, 39 Essex Chambers, DRBF Director & President Region 2, London
§ Financing litigation on big construction projects: the TPF insights – Hannah Van Roessel, Omni Bridgeway, Amsterdam
§ Time is of the essence: extra-costs and time extension in big scale projects – Francesco Andreano, Stairwise, Turin
§ The enforcement of arbitral awards against States or State-owned entities – Jacques-Alexandre Genet, Archipel, Paris

19:00 Conclusive remarks
José Antonio Caínzos Fernández, Honorary President of the CEA, Partner at Clifford Chance, Madrid

19:20 Cocktail reception

This event has been granted 4 CLE Credits by the Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone de Bruxelles and the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel .

Registrations on a “First come – First Served” basis at:

Brussels, 23 February | CEA Third Annual Conference: The present and near future of new technologies in arbitration

The Club Español del Arbitraje (the “CEA”) is a Spanish non-profit organization constituted in 2005 with the purpose to promote arbitration as an alternative method of conflict resolution and the development of arbitration in Spanish and Portuguese or Latin-American component. The CEA counts with more than 1000 members of 40 countries and 28 international chapters in Europe, America and Asia.

The Third Annual Conference will take place on 23rd February 2018, STIBBE, Rue de Loxum 25 Loksumstraat, 1000 Bruxelles. Registration here.


Third Annual Conference Co-Chairs:

Alexander Hansebout – Partner, Altius, Brussels
Audrey Goessens – Case Manager, CEPANI, Brussels
Damien Geradin – Professor at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and Visiting Professor, University College London; Partner, Euclid Law, Brussels
Dodo Chochitaichvili – Litigation and Arbitration Lawyer, Brussels
Edurne Navarro Varona – Partner, Uría Menéndez, Brussels
Emilio Paolo Villano – i3-law, Turin – Madrid – Brussels
Emma Van Campenhoudt – Secretary General, CEPANI, Brussels
Gautier Matray – Partner, Matray Matray & Hallet, Brussels
José Rafael Mata Dona – Arbitrator in independent practice and accredited mediator, Brussels
Maxime Berlingin – Of Counsel, Fieldfisher, Brussels, Lecturer at Saint-Louis University – Brussels
Niuscha Bassiri – Partner, Hanotiau & Van den Berg, Brussels
Yulia Selivanova – Independent Trade & Energy Regulatory Affairs Expert, Brussels


13:30 Registration of participants
14:00 Welcome Speeches
• Gautier Matray, Representative of the Capítulo Belga del CEA, Brussels
• Seguimundo Navarro, Secretary general of the CEA
• Nicolas Résimont / Benoît Kohl, Stibbe, Brussels
• Meloria Meschi, FTI Consulting, Paris
• Mathieu Maes, Secretary general of the ICC Belgium
• Emma Van Campenhoudt, Secretary General of CEPANI, Brussels
14:30 Keynote Speech
• Sophie Nappert, 3VB, Gray’s Inn, London
15:00 First Panel (moderated by Dodo Chochitaichvili and Maxime Berlingin)
• Consent to arbitrate given by digital means: validity and enforceability of the arbitration agreement. Erica Stein, Dechert LLP, Brussels
• Can leaked or hacked information and documents be used as evidence in arbitration? Matthew Buckle, Norton Rose Fulbright, London
• Confidentiality in arbitration at the age of emails and cloud computing. Franz Stirnimann Fuentes, Froriep, Geneva
• Access to cutting edge technology and equality of arms in arbitration. Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Debate and Q&A
16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Second Panel (moderated by Niuscha Bassiri and José Rafael Mata Dona)
• New technologies used today and 10 years from now in arbitration. Erik Schäfer, Cohausz & Florack, Düsseldorf
• Protection and acquisition of e-evidence. How to do it and risks of breaching privacy and privilege. Charles Raffin, Hardwicke, London
• How the increasing amount of available information and data can be used in arbitration cases. Meloria Meschi, FTI Consulting, Paris
• Are e-skills and on-line security standards to be considered while appointing an arbitrator? Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo
Debate and Q&A
18:30 Closing Remarks
• Benoît Kohl, Stibbe, Brussels – Professor at the University of Liège
• Carol Evrard, Stibbe, Brussels
Cocktail reception