The European Forum for New Ideas and the two prominent events organised by the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration under the slogan “Arbitration – an emblem of civil society” are now behind us. Sopot became a destination for leading representatives of the European arbitration community, who put their minds together to work on a joint position vis a vis the European Union’s legislative policy. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those who took part in these events, including the panellists and the moderators, to the Partners - Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, GESSEL and Salans, and - individually - to Bartosz Krużewski, Anna Pukszto, and to Małgorzata Surdek. These events would not have been possible without their commitment and their hard work.
The closed summit of arbitration institutions was moderated by Adrian Winstanley, General Director of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and by Jason Fry, General Secretary of the ICC Court of International Arbitration. The open panel debate between arbitrators, European Union officials, and businesspeople included among its participants Jacek Krawczyk, Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee, and Philippe de Buck, General Director of Business Europe. The arbitration community was represented by John Beechey, President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Catherine Kessedjian, Vice Director of the European College in Paris, and Audley Sheppard, Partner in Clifford Chance. The debate was moderated by Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz and by Sophie Nappert, OGEMID moderator. A key issue raised during these proceedings concerned the need to initiate closer cooperation and dialogue between all the parties concerned. The panellists were in agreement that the changes being proposed by the EU should be more broadly consulted with the arbitration and business communities; on the other hand, these communities should also do their part, reaching out to the EU and consistently taking a stand for their interests. One of the fruits borne by the debate is comprised in the invitation extended to the Lewiatan Arbitration Court by Jacek Krawczyk of the European Economic and Social Committee to continue the debate next year in Brussels.
Our events enjoyed much interest on the part of the Polish and international press. Extensive coverage has been carried by the Global Arbitration Review in the 10 October issue of its online edition, which – having had the advantage of the publisher’s kind permission – we are replicating in full on the Court’s website. These materials will also be included in the upcoming paper edition of GAR. Please read more !