ICC YAF: Virtual Hearings and Due Process Paranoia
Region: Middle East
16 November 2021
Building 3, DIFC
*Please note this is an in-person event!
This event is part of Dubai Arbitration Week and follows the event ICC Emergency Arbitrator Procedure: The Lay of the Land. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a significant increase of digitalisation in international arbitration, particularly the reliance on virtual hearings. With no clear end in sight of pandemic-related measures, virtual hearings continue to offer a practical alternative to physical hearings. However, virtual hearings have been at the centre of heated debates and challenges over potential violations of due process. Separately, many arbitration practitioners advocate in favour of virtual hearings as an efficient and cost-effective solution regardless of travel and sanitary restrictions.
The purpose of this event is to address: (i) Whether arbitration regimes and procedural rules recognise a right to a physical hearing (ii) The ability of arbitral tribunals to order remote hearings, including against the wish of one or both parties (iii) Whether virtual hearings are here to stay (iv) Practical tips to ensure due process during virtual hearings.
Who Should Attend?
All young arbitration and ADR practitioners 40 years and under, regardless of their professional background.