Review of Events, Past and Upcoming

Seminars on Private International Law Jointly Organized by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Department of Law of the University of Ferrara

Under the patronage of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Minas Gerais and with the support of Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Personal de Nível Superior (“CAPES”), a seminar discussing the National Codification and Regional Unification of private International Law took place at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (“UFMG”), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on 13 March 2014. The seminar’s topic was “National Codification and Regional Unification of Private International Law: Complementary or Conflicting Trends?”

London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) Conference

The LCIA conference will take place on 21 March 2014 at the Sheraton Palace Hotel Moscow Hall in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The conference theme is “The resolution of disputes at the LCIA: Practical aspects” and the discussion topics will be: (1) Introduction to the LCIA and the LCIA Arbitration Rules; (2) Advantages and issue of application of the LCIA Arbitration Rules and English arbitration law; and (3) Partners or enemies? The practice of Russian courts’ assistance to foreign arbitration. The seminar will take place in Russian; however, a simultaneous Russian–English translation will be available.

Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (“APRAG”)’s Tenth Anniversary Conference

The Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group will hold its Tenth Anniversary Conference in Melbourne, Australia, on 26-28 March 2014. The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (“ACICA”) will present the event. In a welcoming spirit, the ACICA expects to gather friends and colleagues from all over the world to join in celebrating APRAG’s successes and discuss opportunities and challenges for the next decade.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) Will Host Vis Pre-Moot in April, 2014

On 7-8 April 2014, the PCA will welcome practice moots to prepare students for the Twenty-First Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna from 12-17 April 2014. During the two-day event, the teams will have the chance to plead at least twice as Claimant and Respondent. Experienced international arbitration specialists from different jurisdictions will serve as arbitrators. At the end of the practice game, a specialist will score and rank each of the teams by their performance and will also provide individual comments. In past years, universities from all continents participated in the project. Travaux’s Lead Editors Amy Belsher and Brittney Lovato participated in Vis last year and have been coaching the team that will represent Berkeley Law this time around. Break a leg!

Young International Arbitration Group (“YIAG”) Symposium

This symposium is designed to interactively provide an opportunity to share news and views on developments in the field of international commercial arbitration. The London Court of International Arbitration will request topics for discussion from the delegates prior to the symposium. On the day of the event, delegates will be asked to introduce their topic for debate under the guidance of the four YIAG co-chairs (Ruth Byrne, James Freeman, Rémy Gerbay and Anna-Maria Tamminen). The event will take place at Tylney Hall Hotel, in Hampshire, United Kingdom, on 9 May 2014. This is one in a series of YIAG symposia.