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CIArb’s London Branch Keynote Speech 2021

24 May 2021

On 21 April 2021, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London Branch (CIArb) hosted its annual Keynote Speech, which was delivered online by Professor Dr Maxi Scherer.

At the beginning of the online event, London Branch Chair Ben Giaretta FCIArb C.Arb welcomed attendees and introduced the speaker - Maxi Scherer who is a Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration and a Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London.

In her speech on “The Proper Law of the Arbitration Agreement”, Professor Scherer presented the different approaches taken by jurisdictions worldwide in determining the law governing the arbitration agreement. She provided an insightful comparison between international approaches against the solution adopted by the U.K. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Enka v. Chubb [2020] UKSC 38. Professor Scherer also presented her recent comparative research on the different approaches followed in 80 jurisdictions worldwide for determining the proper law governing the arbitration agreement, highlighting the lack of a clear, uniform approach to this question.

The full report from the CIArb London’s Branch Keynote Speech 2021’ is available on Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

The Keynote Speech followed the CIArb London Branch 2021 Annual General Meeting.

The recording of the event is available here.

Left: Professor Maxi Scherer
Right: Ben Giaretta C.Arb FCIArb

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