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ICC seminar 'conflicts in the construction and engineering sector'

  • 19 Sep 2018
  • 13:00 - 18:30
  • The Hague Hearing Centre, The Hague

In 2016, approximately 20 percent of the cases before the ICC International Court of Arbitration were disputes from the construction and engineering sector. Why are there so many construction cases in ICC Arbitration and ADR? What is the nature of these conflicts?

Contracts in the construction and engineering sector regularly contain multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses, as is the case in the ICC model contracts and the FIDIC suite of contracts. These clauses aim to avoid disputes or to resolve them at an early stage. Disputes that are not settled through the preliminary tiers are often resolved through ICC Arbitration.

During this seminar, the nature of these disputes will be discussed. Secondly, this seminar will provide insight into the dispute avoidance and resolution mechanisms often adopted in the construction and engineering sector, particularly in light of the 2017 update of the FIDIC suite of contracts and the ICC model contracts. Attention will be given to the various preliminary tiers, including decisions of engineers, dispute boards and an amicable settlement period. The seminar will also provide insight into different perspectives on conflicts in construction and engineering projects.

Preliminary Programme

13.00 hrs.        Registration
13.30 hrs.        Welcome

Characteristics of construction and engineering conflicts in ICC Arbitration and ADR mechanisms
By Mr. Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services

Multi-tier dispute resolution clauses
By Mr. Stan Putter, counsel at Conway & Partners; and Mr. Eric Eggink, Senior legal Counsel at Technip

Best and worst practices in the avoiding and solving of conflicts
By Mr. Arent van Wassenaer, founder of The Faithful Goose and writer of ‘A practical guide to successful construction projects’   

A business vision on complex engineering projects
By Mr. Pierrick Le Goff, General Counsel and Executive Committee Member at Alstom

Rijkswaterstaat, a government perspective
By Mr. Obbe Wassenaar, Rijkswaterstaat

Panel discussion

17.30 hrs.    Drinks 
18.30 hrs.    
End of Programme

Target Audience
This seminar is meant for CFO’s, in-house counsel, contract-, project- and claim managers who work for project owners, engineers and (sub)contractors, as well as for specialists in the field of construction arbitration and other parties involved in the construction and engineering sector.

Members ICC Netherlands: EUR 250,- (excl. VAT) per person.
Non-Members: EUR 450,- (excl. VAT) per person.
If you are not sure whether you are a member, please contact ICC Netherlands at info@icc.nl.  

Registration is required. Please register via the registration form on our website. Registration closes Wednesday 12 September 2018; please note that the number of places is limited. Cancellations after Wednesday 5 September 2018 will be charged in full. You can find the registration form on our website.

Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce | Morssingel 13, 2312 AZ Leiden| The Netherlands | +31 (70) 2210 555 | info@nccc.trade 

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