Working Session 8

Counsel’s Role in International Arbitration Proceedings

Whether you are an outside or an in-house counsel, your main task in international arbitration proceedings is to present (or to ensure that outside counsel presents) your case to the arbitral tribunal in the best way possible to secure a positive outcome.

However, the end does not always justify the means. Besides tactical considerations, in his/her interaction with the client, the opposing party and its counsel, the arbitral tribunal as well as potential witnesses and experts, counsel must obey certain ethics rules. What those rules are, their nature and whether they apply to outside counsel and in-house counsel alike will be explored in depth in the National Reports, the General Report and this working session.

This working session will also address potential remedies for misconduct and discuss whether an international level playing field is emerging. In that respect a focus will be placed on the relevance of the recently published and much discussed IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration.

This working session will moreover place a particular emphasis on the critical interaction between outside counsel and in-house counsel, as particularly delicate ethical issues may arise in this interaction. The respective roles of outside counsel and in-house counsel thus merit a closer look.

General Reporters:

Damien Devot, Meyer Fabre avocats, France
Katriina Kuusniemi, Roschier, Finland
Simone Stebler, Bär & Karrer, Switzerland


Jan Asmus Bischoff , M.M.Warburg & CO Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien,Germany
Steven Callens, Loyens & Loeff , Belgium
Alexander Chmel, Legal Counsel Rio Tinto, London, United Kingdom
Claudia Götz, Novartis International, Basel, Switzerland
Kathrin Hüskes, Bender Harrer Krevet, Germany
Barbara Lautenschlager, Derrer Satmer & Hunziker, Switzerland
Eleni Polycarpou, Whithers, United Kingdom
Corinna Potocnik, Willheim Müller, Austria
Cédric de Pouzhilac, Bersay Associés, France
Karen Ramm-Schmidt, Castrén & Snellman, Finland
Linn Sundqvist, Roschier, Sweden
Babak Tabeshian, Ariathes, Germany
Leo van den Hole, Lorenz International Lawyers, Belgium
Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, Lindholm Wallgren Attorneys Ltd, Finland
Birgit Wöhren, Brödermann Jahn Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Germany

COMMISSION: Arbitration

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Damien Devot


Katriina Kuusniemii


Simone Stebler


General Report

National Reports:



England and Wales






Session presentations:

AIJA_AFAs in International Arbitration_Corinna Potocnik


Panel 2_Taking of evidence

Presentation_ Linn Sundqvist

Third Party Funding