School of Law

Interim Relief in Arbitration - 27th Annual Colloquium of Arbitrators

26 March 2012

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: White and Case LLP, 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1DW

"The School of International Arbitration in co-operation with the ICC Institute of World Business Law organises the 27th Annual Colloquium of Arbitrators. The event is one of the highlights of the annual calendar of international arbitration, and attracts eminent practitioners to discuss current issues in relation to the arbitration process. The topic of this year's Colloquium is "Interim relief and Arbitration".

SIA ICC arbitration colloquium programme 2012 [PDF 410 KB]

CPD Points

6.5 CPD points apply to this event.

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Fee: £160.00

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Katherine Zaim, Events and Alumni Development Manager
Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3JB
United Kingdom

The event is co-chaired by

Professor Julian DM Lew QC, Head of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London

Maître Antonias Dimolitsa, Vice President, ICC Institute of World Business Law


9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9:30 - 9:40

Welcome remarks

Professor Julian DM Lew and Antonias Dimolitsa

9:40 - 10:15

Types of interim relief

  • Specific performance
  • Injunctions and cease and desist orders
  • Interim relief in construction disputes
  • Worldwide freezing orders
  • Bank attachments
  • Request for assistance in the taking of evidence
  • Anti-suit or anti-arbitration injunctions
  • Security for costs


Charles Kaplan, Herbert Smith, Paris

10:15 - 10:45

Requirements for interim relief in national laws

  • Irreparable / harm
  • “Urgency” and “risk”
  • Damages not sufficient compensation
  • Prima facie or good arguable case
  • Abuse of right to request interim relief
  • Security for relief allowed


Philippe Pinsolle, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Paris
Cy Benson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, London

10:45 - 11:00 Questions and Discussion
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30

National courts v tribunals: tactics and request for interim relief

  • Which forum: arbitral tribunal or national court?
  • Which national court?
  • When is an arbitral tribunal in a best position than a national court to grant
    interim relief?


Wendy J Miles, WilmerHale, London
Nathalie Voser, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich

12:30 - 12:45 Questions and Discussion
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:00

The Emergency Arbitrator

  • Review of mechanisms for emergency arbitrators
    - ICC Arbitration Rules
    - Stockholm Institute Rules
    - UNCITRAL Rules
  • Interaction with national courts and competent tribunal
  • Problems of emergency arbitrators
  • Criteria to be applied


Phillip Capper, White & Case LLP, London
Jean-Yves Garaud, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Paris

15:00 - 15:45

How should arbitrators handle requests for interim relief

  • Urgent requests for interim relief
  • Ex parte requests for interim relief
  • Default parties: what should arbitrators do when a respondent fails to respond to the request for interim relief
  • Form of interim relief: award / procedural order


Pierre-Yves Tschanz, Tavernier Tschanz, Geneva

15:45 - 16:00 Questions and Discussion
16:00 - 16:15 Tea/Coffee break
16:15 - 16:50

Enforcement of interim relief

  • Enforcement through national courts
  • Support for additional remedies


Professor Loukas Mistelis, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, University of London
Domitille Baizeau, Lalive, Geneva

16:50 - 17:00 Questions and Discussion

Conclusions and closing remarks

Antonias Dimolitsa and Professor Julian DM Lew



For more information please contact:

Katherine Zaim, Alumni and Events Development Manager, Centre for Commercial Law Studies
Telephone: +44 20 7882 8481