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                                                       April 25th, 1997.

CONTENTS                                      Publisher Michael Chapman.
1.  Talking points.

2.  Diary of Arbitral Events.

3.  Directory

4.  News items.

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                Arbitral Spring.
        Spring is in the air.
        Within the international arbitration community there is talk of a
plethora of projects. Most seem still to be germinating, and we certainly do
 [24;1H [K: [24;1H [24;1H [Knot wish to pull any rabbit out of the hat before the hat's owner is ready.
        Last year many of the rumoured schemes might have been dismissed as
attempts to fight back against the world recession. This year they do seem
to be soundly based and reflect a Springtime for what afterall is still a
young profession.
        All professions like to claim to be the 'second oldest', and
arbitration undoubtedly has some venerable roots. International commercial
arbitration is though very much a post-1945 phenomenon. As a profession it
can hardly be past its pubescence.
An interesting year looks to await us. A year of innovations we look forward
to reporting.                                                  EA.



        All contributions to this DIARY are welcome. It is both for the
individual arbitrator and for those who plan meetings.
        Generally, listed meetings will be at least half-day and usually
full day events. Evening meetings are likely to be only of local interest.
        The emphasis is European: However to help in scheduling, major world
events are listed.
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                PLEASE see important note below,
        sp;            before using any of this info.

May 1        Arbitration and Adjudication after 1996. A symposium.
             Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. Contact:
             Mrs Mildred Schofield, fax: 00+441-71 975 5500.

May 2-4      LCIA European Council Symposium, at Tylney Hall, England.

May 13-14    Training Programs on Mediation in Intellectual Property
May 15-16    Disputes. (Two 2-day consecutive programmes.) WIPO, Geneva.

May 16-18    The Future of Arbitration in the European Union.
             European Branch of the CIArb. Eleventh Biannual Meeting.
             Strasbourg, France.  Fax: 00+43-662-633-00333.

May 17-19    Inst. of Arb's Australia: Annual Conference (Sydney).

May 20-22    Successful use of the FIDIC contrqct conditions ...
&itions ...
             SGICC.  Amsterdam.
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May 22       CIArb, Annual General Meeting, London. (Members only.)

May 30-31    Arbitration in Maritime and Transport Disputes, Hamburg.
             see details in the Section 4 (News) below. Contact: IBA.

May 31-      Mediation in der Arbeitswelt.  Frankfurt-a-M. Mediation e.V
  June 1     Tilman Metzger, 0049-4131-682002.

June  6-7    Workshop for Arbitrators.    WIPO, Geneva.

June 11-13   IBA 50th Anniversary Meeting (New York).

July 3       Construction Dispute resolution Conference. Chaired by
             Lord Justice Otton, with contributions from John Barber,
             Michael Reynolds, Richard Saxon, Fiona Hammond, and others
             Contact CLT on fax: +44-121-355-5517 fax: +44-121-355-5517.

July 13-18   International Commercial Arbitration.  Part 1.
             five-day residential seminar. Reading, England.  SGICC.
July 20-25   International Commercial Arbitration. Part 2.  SGICC.

July 25-27   Dispute Resolution at Home and Abroad.  Arbitrators &
 [24;1H [K: [24;1H [24;1H [K             Mediators Institute of New Zealand.  Fax: 00+64-4-385.7224.

Sept. 25     IBA International Arbitration Day (New York).
             see entry in Section 4 (News) below.

Sept. 26     IX Milan Colloquium of Arbitrators.  Chamber of National
             and Int'l Arbitration, Milan.  Fax: 00+39-2-8515.4384.

Sept.26-28   CIArb, Annual Conference.  Garden House Hotel, Cambridge.
             'Skills for the Modern Arbitrator."

September    LCIA North American Council Symposium. ?Wa Council Symposium. ?Washington
             or New York.

October      European Branch CIArb. Conference. Athens, Greece.

Oct.31-Nov.2 LCIA Asia-Pacific Council Symposium, New Delhi.

Nov. 2-7     IBA section meetings (New Delhi).

 [24;1H [K: [24;1H [24;1H [KMay 4-6      Biennial Conference, Paris.   ICCA: fax: 00+46-8-723.0176.

June 3-6     CIArb, Annual Conference.  Birmingham.

Feb. 17-20   CIArb, Conference.  Cancun, Mexico.

Nov. 17-18   CIArb, Millenium Conference. QEII Conference Centre, London.

Please CONFIRM all details directly with organisers, the above material is
drawn from various sources and should not be relied on by itself(!).

contact details for frequently  cited organisations:
CIArb  see Internet Directory below.
       EXCEPT CIArb Branch meetings: contact person na meetings: contact person named in the Diary.
ICC-Asia  see Internet Directory below.
LCIA   (London)  t: 00441-719.363.530, f: 00441-719.363.533
SGICC  Study Group for Int'l Commercial Contracts.
 [24;1H [K: [24;1H [24;1H [K       (London)  t: 00441-817-857-050  f: 00441-817-857-649
WIPO   (Geneva)  t: 0041-22-730.9111,  f: 0041-22-733.5428



CIArb:   Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)

CIArb East Anglia Branch:

European Arbitration:
         backissues on:

HKIAC    Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

 [24;1H [K: [24;1H [24;1H [KIBA:     International Bar Association

ICC:     International Chamber of Commerce (Paris)

ICC-Asia:  ICC Regional Office for Asia (Hong Kong)

Institute of Arbitrators of Australia:

LCIA:    Homepage:



The Future of Arbitration in the European Union.
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 [?1h =        The eleventh biannual meeting of the European Branch of the CIArb,
Strasbourg, May 16th to 18th.
        The programme will include details of the recently launched ENDR
schemes for Euroarbitration (disputes of less than 100,000 EUROs) and
Bookings for the meeting have been very strong.
        Further details from Michael Angelil (fax) 00+41-1-910.43.40.f

ENDR launches schemes:
        The European Network for Dispute Resolution EEIG launched its
schemes for fast arbitration and mediation on April 17th. Press conferences
and releases were organised at the Chambre d'Arbitrage in Paris, at the
Camera Comercio Industria y Navegacion in Bilbao, and in Turin, LondBilbao, and in Turin, London and
        Burt Campbell, a Director of ENDR said: "According to European
Commission figures, only about 5% of SME's currently export. We will be
helping SME's who already export and expect that by offering an affordable
means of settling cross-border disputes, providing the necessary language
and technical skills, more small and medium-sized companies will be
encouraged to trade outside their national boundaries. We are aiming to have
membership in all EU member states within twelve months."
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International Arbitration Day:
        Apologies those who didn't spot the date in the diary: This IBA
event is in New York on September 25th (1997).

Recent publications:
'Aspects pratiques et difficultes de redaction des clauses
  d'arbitage international' is number 1 of volume 1 (janvier 1997)
  of 'Serie sur l'Arbitrage et les Contentieux Internationaux'.
  Published by Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (contact Richard Kreindler,
  Frankfurt 0049-69-9726-3939). An infor 0049-69-9726-3939). An informative fourteen pages. Other
  titles promised are 'Choix des regles ...', 'Choix du siege ...',
  'Arbitrage ou procedure judiciare ...', 'Adminsitration de la
  preuve ...", and 'Contester et executer ....".
The Study Group for International Commericial Contracts has announced it
  is selling 'seminar documentation and publications' (fax: 00+441 817
  857 649). The following titles are relevant to arbitration (postage
  extra, sorry no indications of page length):
  Seminar documentation: 'International Commercial Arbitration', GBP 100.
  Publications: 'The Reform of Commercial Arbitration Procedures'. GBP 75.
                'Alternative Dispute Resolution.'  GBP 25.
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Character sets, mail protocols, standards and simplicty:
        EA has always operated on a 'lowest common denominator' (LCD) basis
of transmissibility and readability. Simple e-mail messages using ASCII
characters. The above butchery of the French language (attempting to render
it i to render
it into the unaccented ASCII alphabet), demonstrates the problems with
        It is quite easy to put the correct characters in. Equally easy to
attach long reference files to the newsletter. Not only text files, but also
audio and video files. But ... what about readability? The philosphy has
been based on the thought that those who want bells and whistles (not to
mention 'smells' which are discussed in the MIME standard!) will be using
HTML on the WWW. This newsletter is short but text rich.
        However, and in particular in the hope of accommodating longer
pieces of text without 'burdening' the main newsletter, various
possibilities are being investigated for late 1997. A reader survey will
follow in an attempt to define what the LCD is.
        One likely move is the establishment of a remotely accessible FTP
site for the archiving of large documents. Anyone with material they would
like to see (or place in) such an archive is asked to make contact.

Dispute resolution via the Internet.
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        WIPO (Geneva, is proposing a system for resolution of
Internet Domain Name Disputes. This is a consequence of the International Ad
Hoc Committee's recent proposals, which included the creation of the seven
new top-level domains (.firm, .store, .web, .arts, .rec, .info and .nom).
        The procedures likely to be offered are on-line mediation, expedited
arbitration and (a predominantly on-line) 'administrative challenge
procedure'. This matter is developing and we intend reporting further.

Purchasing English statutes, etc. from abroad:
        Fred Perkins, chief executive of The Stationery Office has kindly
written to clarify charges for supplying publications.
        The terms are the same throughout the EU (including the UK). A
handling charge is made for upto 2 items (GBP2-50), and for upto 4 items
(GBP4-50). There is no handling charge for orders of 5 items or more, for
orders of over GBP50, or for parliamentary publications.
        Queries can be made to the enquiry and orde to the enquiry and order service on
00+441-718-730-011. Orders (including payments by VISA card) can be made to
fax: 00+441-718-738-200.

European statutes:
 [24;1H [K: [24;1H [24;1H [K        My thanks to those who responded with information. The replies are
still being collated. It is hoped to reproduce a table of these in the EA16.

Personal News:
        On December 1st 1996 Benjamin Davis became manager of the ICC
Institute of International Business Law and Practice (in Paris).

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