The first part of 2017 has been packed with activities organised both at a global and local level. Below are a few highlights and prospective plans of the YMG Branches.
Global YMG Conference, Dubai – March 7, 2017
The Global YMG, in conjunction with the UAE YMG, held a conference at the Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai. The event, entitled ‘Young Perspectives on civil and common law in international arbitration’ was well-attended and featured speakers from Dubai, London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, whose insights proved popular with the delegates.
CIArb President Nayla Comair-Obeid gave a welcome address and the panels addressed such diverse topics as ‘Privilege in international arbitration and parties’ expectations’, ‘Non-compensatory damages in international arbitration’ and ‘What do in-house counsel want from the arbitral process?’ The highlights of the conference appear in the conference report, available here.
Global YMG Conference, Johannesburg – July 18, 2017
The Global YMG, with assistance from young members based in Johannesburg, held a half-day conference at the Hyatt Regency focusing on the African region. The conference was generously sponsored by HKA. This popular conference provided an important opportunity for the YMG to engage with young members in the region. A full report will be available in due course, for those who were unable to attend.
East Asia YMG
The EA YMG has operated a busy and popular program of activities in 2017, beginning with its annual party on January 19, 2017. Highlights have included a joint-institute event 'Dialogue in the Dark' on February 18, 2017, a talk on “Arbitration in the time of OBOR” given by Sarah Grimmer (Secretary-General of the HKIAC) on March 15, 2017, hosted by Deacons and a talk in late March on ICC arbitration, hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills. Speakers included Vanina Sucharitkul (ICC Court Member) and Pui-Ki Emmanuelle Ta (Counsel of ICC Secretariat Asia Office). A further joint-institute event took place on April 22, 2017 focusing on contract management, closely followed by a talk on 'The trial of being an Expert Witness' at which Michael Charlton of Charlton Martin was hosted by the HKIAC.
YMG activity in Europe
Burcu Osmanoglu, a Fellow and member of the European Branch Committee, has been elected as Coordinator for the European Branch’s proposed YMG.
A series of popular events have taken place in Ireland in recent months, providing opportunities for young members to gain insights into different aspects of ADR practice, with more scheduled to take place in the coming months.
A CIArb Forum was held on 23 June 2017 at the Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre, which looked at the topic of current issues in mediation. Two leading practitioners, Turlough O'Donnell SC (Law Library, Dublin) and Alva Brangam FCIArb QC (Bar Library, Belfast) led the discussion chaired by Irish Branch Chair Bill Holohan. This was followed by the 35th CIArb Forum on 3 July 2017, hosted by James O'Donoghue with wine and canapés sponsored by the RIAI DADR Group. The speakers included Siobhán Stack SC and Dermot Flanagan SC on the topic of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) arbitrations, which was chaired by Ireland YMG Chair and YMG Global Steering Committee member Yvonne Czajkowski.
Forthcoming events include Hugh Kane of Kane Tuohy addressing attendees on the topic of concerted practices in arbitration at the Law Society of Ireland on 9 October 2017.
The Kenya YMG has held two popular events so far this year, a talk at the Riara University Law School and the Jomo Kenyatta University Law School. Reports are available here and here. The Kenya YMG has also explored a collaboration with the YSK Young Lawyers Committee, as recapped here.
London and South East YMG
The London and South East YMG has recently hosted two events. The first was hosted by Grant Thornton and related to the role of experts in international arbitration. Speakers included Will Davies, Sandy Cowan, Catherine Jago and Gary Kitt. YMG Vice Chair Ronan O’Reilly moderated a lively and engaging session that provided young members with an insight into the process of instructing experts and some practical tips to assist with this vital area of practice.
More recently a mediation workshop, hosted by CMS, took place on July 6, 2017. Speakers included Tim Hardy, who entertained and informed delegates with a memorable presentation addressing the role of emotions in mediation and Philip Howell-Richardson, who provided young members with practical insights from his experience acting as mediator. YMG Chair and London and South East YMG Co-Chair Amanda Lee acted as moderator.
The Nigeria YMG is working with the Nigeria Branch to implement a mentorship programme to benefit young members in the region. Young members based in the region are encouraged to participate in the programme in due course and further details will be provided following the implementation of the scheme.
The Nigeria YMG held its popular annual mock arbitration on March 30, 2017 at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. The Tribunal included Obosa Akpata FCIArb, Juwon Adenuga FCIArb and Chief Gbloa Akinola FCIArb C.Arb as Presiding Arbitrator. The Nigeria YMG will be sponsoring a YMG session at the CIArb Nigeria Branch’s annual conference on November 3, 2017, an opportunity for young members in the region to contribute to the global ADR dialogue.
North America YMG
Young members based in North America sponsored a popular networking reception in conjunction with the NA Branch’s Energy Arbitration Conference in Houston, Texas.
The Singapore YMG will be hosting a series of Supper Clubs featuring prominent guest speakers from the arbitration community, jointly organised with YSIAC. The first such event of 2017 featured distinguished arbitrator Christopher Lau SC.