In his capacity as Vice-President of the ICCA Governing Board, CRCICA Director attended the annual Board meeting held on 12 May 2015 in Hong Kong. Discussions focused on ICCA’s ongoing projects and future events.
It is noteworthy that ICCA has been recently running various important projects such as the ICCA Drafting Sourcebook for Logistical Matters in Procedural Orders, establishing sensible default rules and procedural precedents for many of the common procedural aspects of arbitral proceedings – aiming to level the playing field between experienced and first-time arbitration counsel. Another project is a Joint Taskforce on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration, launched together with the new Centre on Regulation, Ethics and Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. This Taskforce will hold a series of expert meetings and produce several White Papers for discussion over the course of the next 2 years. A third project is a Joint Taskforce with the American Society of International Law to evaluate and report on the topic of issue conflict in investor-State arbitration and to make recommendations on best practices going forward. A fourth project is a Users Committee intended to examine issues of particular concern to corporate counsel – the users of arbitral services.
ICCA has recently published the products of its projects in a new series called the ICCA Reports. The aim of these reports is to present work on some of the more challenging aspects of arbitral practice, which may lead to debate and discussion. The first in the series, which came out in 2014, was the Young ICCA Guide on Arbitral Secretaries. The second in the Series was launched in May on the occasion of the Hong Kong summit in 2015, and is the Drafting Sourcebook – copy-paste drafting for first procedural orders that should be useful for both experienced and newer practitioners.