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Ireland for Law to forefront at Paris Arbitration Week
Pic: Paris Arbitration Week

29 Mar 2022 / mediation Print

Ireland for Law to forefront at Paris Arbitration Week

Arbitration Ireland, in association with Ireland for Law, has a strong presence at Paris Arbitration Week 2022, which began yesterday (28 March).

Paris Arbitration Week brings together arbitration practitioners from all over the world.

Law firms, economic experts, educational institutions, and arbitration associations from several countries will take part in the week-long Paris Arbitration Week.

Irish Ambassador

Arbitration Ireland, together with Ireland for Law, will host a gathering at the Irish Embassy, 12 Avenue Foch, (entrance 4 rue Rude) 75116 Paris, tonight (29 March) in the presence of His Excellency Niall Burgess, Ambassador of Ireland to France.

Speakers include Colm Ó hOisín SC (small picture) and Louise Reilly BL (Irish member of the ICC Court of Arbitration) who will debate the issues.

The Irish experience

The topic is “The UNCITRAL model law in practice – experience from the Irish High Court”.

With a welcome from 6.30pm, the talk will be followed by a drinks reception until 8pm.

Arbitration Ireland and Ireland for Law will host the event as an opportunity to engage with lawyers and counsel on arbitration culture and developments in Ireland.

The enactment of a new legislative framework in the form of the Arbitration Act 2010 brought Ireland into line with international best practice.

Increasing volume

In the years since then, the Irish courts have encountered an increasing volume of matters pertaining to arbitration which has led to the welcome development of a robust body of case law and legal principles.

The purpose of tonight's discussion will be to analyse the role which the Irish High Court has played in hearing applications under the Act. The discussion will include:

  • What has been the trend since 2010?
  • What type of specific issues is the High Court confronted with?
  • What is the stance taken?
  • To what extent does the High Court rely on the jurisprudence from other model law jurisdictions?
  • What is the predominant purpose of the High Court in interacting with arbitration proceedings?

The discussion will provide a platform to understand the needs and experiences of those considering Ireland as a forum for arbitral dispute resolution.

Two members of the Bar of Ireland with substantial expertise in this field will debate these issues. as well as outline where they see the future of arbitration in this jurisdiction.

Registration for this event is essential and space is limited, so book immediately to secure a place.


Among the other topics up for discussion during Paris Arbitration Week are:

  • Climate change in litigation and arbitration,
  • The impact of sanctions on Russia on international commercial arbitration,
  • Arbitration in the ‘metaverse’,
  • Investment treaties and arbitration, current case law,
  • The control of arbitral awards by the International Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal,
  • Arbitration and cryptocurrency disputes.

Practitioners can register for the various conferences through a dedicated calendar that provides access to all the events.

For the second year in a row, Paris Arbitration Week is a hybrid event, in order to allow access to as many international arbitration practitioners as possible.

At the opening session yesterday (28 March), Mélanie Van Leeuwen delivered a keynote speech on diversity in international arbitration.

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