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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

School of International Arbitration Alumni Conference 2016: Regulation of International Arbitration and The Role of Specialist Knowledge

10 June 2016

Time: 1:00 - 6:15pm
Venue: BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER LLP, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London, EC4R 9HA

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) is proud to announce the 2016 Alumni Conference organised by the Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration (AFSIA). The first part of the afternoon will address the need for regulation of international arbitration, with particular attention for administrative secretaries and third party funding. The second part will explore the importance of specialist knowledge in region- and industry-specific arbitration at different stages of the proceedings. The conference is organised by and for Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration (AFSIA). External delegates are equally welcome. The AFSIA Conference takes place on the afternoon before the School of International Arbitration’s Dispute Resolution LLM Ball. Both events offer a great opportunity to network and reconnect with fellow alumni of the school.


1pm: Registration

1:30 - 1:45pm: Welcome

Part I: Regulation of International Arbitration

1:45 - 2:45pm

Introduction: To regulate or not? – Views from the Field

  • Rutger Metsch
    White & Case Research Fellow in International Arbitration, School of International Arbitration, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Session 1: Regulation of Administrative Secretaries

Chair: Gloria Maria Alvarez
Scientific Guest, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law (Luxembourg) and PhD Research Fellow, School of International Arbitration, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

“Rules and Pitfalls in using Administrative Secretaries”

“How to become an Administrative Secretary: Assessing the Heilbron Call”

Session 2: Regulation of Third Party Funding

2:45 - 3:45pm

Chair: Audley Sheppard QC
Partner, Clifford Chance LLP (London)

“An update from the ICCA – Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding”

  • Ania Farren
    Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (London)

“Insights from the Funders”

3:45 - 4:15pm: Tea break

Part II: The Role of Specialist Knowledge in International Arbitration

4:15 - 5:15pm


  • Maarten Draye
    Senior Associate, Hanotiau & van den Berg (Brussels)


5:15 - 6:15pm: Drinks reception

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This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.



For directions to the venue, please refer to the map [PDF] [PDF 97KB].

How to book

Register for this the 2016 Alumni Conference at our e-shop.


  • £50 for external delegates
  • £40 for external delegates (Discount for DR Ball attendee)
  • £40 Alumni
  • £30 Alumni (Discount for DR Ball attendee)
  • £20 Students (QMUL and other)
  • £10 Students (Discount for DR Ball attendee).


For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team on

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