An open conversation about the challenges of conducting remote proceedings


  • Tuesday 16 June 2020

Time (CEST):

  • 12:55 Webinar dial-in opens
  • 13:00 Session starts
  • 14:00 Session finishes


  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
  • Alexander Fessas, Secretary-General, ICC International Court of Arbitration.
  • Dr Juan Fernández-Armesto, Partner, Armesto & Asociados (Madrid).
  • Marily Paralika, Partner, Fieldfisher (Paris) & Board member of ArbitralWomen.
  • Jacqueline Chaplin, Counsel, Linklaters (London).
  • Airlie Goodman, Managing Associate, Linklaters (London).

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact worldwide. Countless jurisdictions, industries and businesses have been affected. The field of international arbitration has not been the exception.

With states around the world implementing travel restrictions, social distancing measures and limiting public and private gatherings, arbitration users everywhere have had to swiftly adapt to these changes. The difficulties, and in some cases the impossibility, of conducting traditional in-person hearings have called for flexibility, cooperation and creativity. We have seen many examples of how the arbitral community has stepped up to the challenge. Perhaps most prominently, virtual hearings have now become the norm rather than the exception.

Many questions have arisen during this transition. ArbitralWomen and Linklaters have gathered an outstanding line-up of speakers and asked them to identify and discuss five pressing issues circling the mind of the arbitration community. This webinar will be an open conversation with all of them, including a Q&A session, where they will share their experiences during these past few months and discuss how they have faced the challenges of remote proceedings.

The questions are:

  • How have arbitral institutions experienced and dealt with the challenges since the pandemic began, especially from the perspective of the ICC and the HKIAC?
  • Should virtual hearings and video conferencing become the new default option in arbitration rules going forward?
  • In what circumstances can a tribunal order virtual hearings if objected to by one party? And could a tribunal actually compel a virtual hearing in the face of full party opposition?
  • How do we deal with practical but fundamental issues such as cybersecurity, data protection and access to the necessary means in order conduct remote proceedings, also taking into account the considerable differences that may exist among jurisdictions?
  • What lessons have we taken away from this? What do practitioners need to get right when preparing for a virtual hearing and what should they not forget?

Is the question you really want to ask not in this list? Then join us at the webinar and make sure you ask our speakers!


Please register yourself for this event by using the link.

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This webinar will be hosted by Linklaters LLP.

  • Event Details
  • Location: CEST - Central European Summer Time
  • Start Date: 16/06/2020 12:55 pm
  • End Date: 16/06/2020 2:00 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Marily Paralika