New York, N.Y., October 30, 2006–The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration will hold two major conferences, in Miami and New York City, to help the business community and legal practitioners navigate the often-uncertain waters of international transactions and dispute resolution.
Increasingly, companies are turning to arbitration as an alternative to costly and unpredictable litigation in settling international disputes. With over 80 years’ experience, the ICC Court is the leading forum for arbitration and related forms of dispute resolution.
Established in 1923, the ICC Court pioneered international commercial arbitration. Last year it handled more than 500 cases involving parties from 117 countries and independent territories. The ICC Court is comprised of some 120 lawyers and legal experts, drawn from more than 80 countries and territories from around the world, giving it a unique and diverse cultural and legal perspective.
The Miami conference, which takes place November 5-7 under the title “International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America: The ICC Perspective,” will focus on the challenges and opportunities of commercial arbitration in the region. Because approaches to key issues may differ from one region to another, the success of an arbitration depends greatly on an understanding of local legal cultures and attitudes. The conference will seek to shed light on aspects of international commercial arbitration that are particularly relevant to Latin American cases.
The New York conference, taking place on November 15th and entitled “Current Issues in ICC Arbitration: What You Need to Know to Enhance Your International Practice,” aims to provide an informed overview of the entire ICC dispute resolution process. Topics to be covered include the appointment of arbitrators under ICC’s rules, controlling arbitration costs, examples of the ICC Court’s scrutiny of draft awards, and current developments for enforcing arbitration agreements and awards in the United States.
Both events will provide an opportunity to hear from the new ICC Court Chairman, Pierre Tercier, as well as past and present members of the ICC Court and its secretariat. More information on the Miami and New York conferences is available at www.uscib.org/calendar.asp.
USCIB promotes an open system of global commerce in which business can flourish and contribute to economic growth, human welfare and protection of the environment. Its membership includes some 300 U.S. companies, professional service firms and associations whose combined annual revenues exceed $3 trillion. As American affiliate of the leading international business and employers organizations, including ICC,, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide and works to facilitate international trade.
Amy Lehr, USCIB
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