DAA Dutch Arbitration Day 2019

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The Dutch Arbitration Association invites you to the 2019 Dutch Arbitration Day.
The theme of this year’s conference will be:

Challenges and Opportunities in a new Decade:
The Impact of the Changing Legal and Political Landscape on Arbitration

The Dutch Arbitration Association will hold its seventh annual conference on Thursday, 10 October 2019. During this year’s event, a range of recent and future developments will be discussed as well as their impact on arbitration and the manner in which arbitrations will be conducted in the near future. These developments will, amongst others, include the rise of commercial and investment courts, the effects of regulation, such as the GDPR, and the stances of local courts in annulment and enforcement proceedings.

Date: Thursday 10 October 2019
Time: Conference: 9:45-17:45  /  Cocktail Dinatoire: 17:45-0:00  /  Diversity Networking Breakfast: 8:15-9:45
Venue: The Hermitage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Time Item Speakers
08.15 - 08.45 Registration, Coffee for Diversity Networking Breakfast participants  
08.45 - 09.45

Diversity Networking Breakfast

Panel discussion: Implicit bias, diversity and inclusiveness within the arbitration community


Thomas Stouten, Counsel at Houthoff, Rotterdam (moderator)
Lisa Bingham, Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague; Deputy Executive Director of ICCA
Prof. Jan de Houwer, Professor at Ghent University, Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent; Principal Investigator at Learning and Implicit Processes Lab, Ghent University, Ghent 
Marily Paralika, Partner at Fieldfisher, Paris; Member of the Board of Directors of ArbitralWomen 
09.45 - 10.15 Registration, Coffee


10.15 - 10.30 Welcome and Introduction Natalie Vloemans, President of the Dutch Arbitration Association, partner at Ploum Rotterdam
10.30 - 11.10 Keynote Address 1
Some reflections on return to the world of arbitration
The Rt Hon. the Lord Mance 
Barrister at 7 King’s Bench Walk, London; former Deputy President at UK Supreme Court; Chair of International Law Association; Chair of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords; International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court
11.10 - 11.45 Keynote Address 2
Contemporary International Arbitration - the Right, the Wrong and the Ruinous

Stephen Jagusch QC
Global Chair of International Arbitration Practice at Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan

11.45 - 12.00 

Coffee Break

12.00 - 12:15 The Dutch view on arbitration as a means of dispute resolution: the results of an empirical survey

Rogier Schellaars, Partner at Van Doorne, Amsterdam


12.15 - 13.00

Panel Discussion 1 
The rise of commercial courts: a challenge or an opportunity?

Prof. Adam Badawi, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley (moderator)
Her Honour R.A. Dudok van Heel, Senior Judge of the Amsterdam District Court and the Netherlands Commercial Court, Amsterdam
Françoise Lefèvre, Partner at Linklaters, Brussels
Prof. Niek Peters, Partner at Cleber and professor of international commercial arbitration at the University of Groningen
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch on the Amsterdam canals


14.30 - 15.30  Panel Discussion 2
Investment law and the new frontier: the challenges and opportunities that investment courts may bring about
Gabriel Bottini, Partner at Uría Menéndez, Madrid (moderator)
Matthias Kuscher, Partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Amsterdam 
Prof Chin Leng Lim, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Barrister at Keating Chambers, London
Margaret Clare Ryan, Counsel at Shearman & Sterling, London
Jeff Sullivan, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, London
15.30 - 15.45 Grab a coffee and go to a break-out session  
15.45 - 16.30 Break-out Session A
Enforcement of arbitral awards against states and state immunity: international developments and recent case law

Hannah van Roessel, Director and Senior Legal Counsel at Omni Bridgeway, Amsterdam (moderator)
Hakim Boularbah, Partner at Loyens & Loeff, Brussels
Monica Feria-Tinta, Barrister at Twenty Essex, London
Prof. Gerard Meijer, Partner at Linklaters, Amsterdam, Professor of arbitration & dispute resolution at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and President of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute
Freerk Vermeulen, Partner at NautaDutilh, Amsterdam

  Break-out Session B
Protection of personal data in arbitration: know your way around the GDPR
Melanie van Leeuwen, Partner at Derains & Gharavi International, Paris (moderator)
Daniel Cooper, Partner at Covington & Burling, London
Kim Lucassen, Partner at Loyens & Loeff, Rotterdam  
Kathleen Paisley, Partner at Ambos NBGO, Brussels
  Break-out Session C
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: art tour in the Hermitage Amsterdam


16.30 - 16.45 Coffee Break   
16.45 - 17.00 Introduction of the new Secretary-General of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute Camilla Perera-de Wit Prof. Gerard Meijer, Partner at Linklaters, Amsterdam, Professor of arbitration & dispute resolution at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and President of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute
17.00 - 17.30 Dissenting opinion by Boom Chicago  
17.30 - 17.45 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks  
17.45 - 00.00 Drinks and Dinner  

Registration fee

The registration fee will be: EUR 325 for non-members; EUR 275 for members; EUR 150 euro for in-house counsel and EUR 75 for students *. The price is including the cocktail dinatoire. Membership may be applied for via the DAA-website.

*) Note for students: Students must show their student card on the day of the conference.


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Hotel suggestions

An overview of hotel suggestions can be viewed here.

Contact information

We hope to be able to welcome you all at The Hermitage Amsterdam on Thursday 10 October 2019. For further information concerning the conference, please visit www.dutcharbitrationassociation.nl or contact us via: dad@dutcharbitrationassociation.nl.

Cancellation policy

Your registration will be treated as a commitment to attend the conference. If you do need to cancel, the DAA must be notified in writing. If a written cancellation is received before 23 September 2019, the registration fee will be refunded. When a written cancellation is received before 3 October 2019, 50% will be refunded. Without a written cancellation there is no refund possible.




Allen & Overy


Clifford Chance


De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
DLA Piper


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer






Loyens & Loeff


Netherlands Arbitration Institute




Omni Bridgeway


Ploum Law Firm




Raad van Arbitrage voor de Bouw


The Hague Hearing Centre (THHC)

Van Doorne



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