Conference report on Wendy Miles’ keynote speech at the YAF/YAPP conference in Vienna (28 March 2015)
This year, Wendy Miles delivered the keynote speech at the YAF/YAPP Annual Conference on the second day of the Vis Moot. Attuned to the audience, the speech began with a note of encouragement and ended on a counterpoint of responsibility: though the future belongs to the young arbitrators, they are entrusted with nothing less than the future of the rule of law. Following and taking into account recently expressed views from distinguished legal minds of our time, Miles noted that international arbitration serves implementing the rule of law from prominent arbitral seats to emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, whose importance in international arbitration is currently increasing. Miles urged young generations to continue nurturing this important role that arbitration plays by preserving accessibility, predictability and equality in the application of law, human rights, time and cost efficiency, and compliance with international obligations by states and state officials. As a final word, Miles reminded participants to serve their clients loyally while never forgetting that we are called to a greater purpose: serving the “Rule of Law”.