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                                                       June 20th, 1997.

CONTENTS                                      Publisher Michael Chapman.
1.  Talking points.

2.  Diary of Arbitral Events.

3.  Directory

4.  News items.

5.  Letters.




                                              EUROPEAN ARBITRATION DEVELOPS
The second half of 1997 will see some changes to European Arbitration. Changes that will hopefully make it more 'user friendly' ... though we await the comments of you the users before we make any judgement on that.
 The most obvious change will be in frequency of publication. Publication is currently every four weeks. Issues have become repetitive in the amount of longer-term diary material they contain, as well as the burgeoning directory of Internet contact details that is developing for arbitral bodies world-wide. The next issue will be a compilation of this more reference orientated material, which will then not be repeated until September. This will allow the two intervening issues to contain more editorial comment, and fuller details in a more selective diary.
Let us know if you like it, prefer it, or whatever.
 A change that we hope will be less obvious, is the move of European Arbitration to its own Internet host. (This will result in a slight address change, which will be notified at the time.) It will also allow the establishment of a database of files that can f files that can be remotely accessed by readers. Suggestions for material that might be included is most welcome. The United Nations Organisation has kindly given permission for some of their material and texts to be incorporated in this site. Obviously back-issues of EA will be deposited there. The current working 'diary of events' will also be kept open for inspection, to allow checking of dates without waiting for our next publication.
 Of more use, to more people, is the aim.



 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,elp in scheduling, major world events are listed.

                PLEASE see important note below,
                 before using any of this info.


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.

July 13-18   International Commercial Arbitration.
             five-day residential seminar. Reading, England.  SGICC.

July 15-19   English Language for Lawyers (as above, SGICC).
July 20-23   Cross Border Tactics in Int'l Comm. Litigation (SGICC).

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

Sept. 25     IBA International Arbitration Day (New York).

Sept. 25-27  The Evolution of Dispute Resolution. SPIDR's 25th
             Anniversary.  Orlando, Florida.

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. ?Washington
             or New York.

Oct.23-25    CIArb, Conference, Coral Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus.
             'Skilful Conduct of the Arbitration.'

Oct. 24      International federation of Commercial Arbitration
       &nnbsp;         Institutions, Geneva.

Oct.27-30    ICC Third Workshop on Arbitration, Paris.

Oct.31-Nov.2 European Branch CIArb. Conference. Athens, Greece.
             contact:  George Economou  f: 00+3014182021

Oct.31       LCIA Asia-Pacific Council, 'New Developments in Int'l
             Comm. Arbitration', Federation Ho, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.
Oct.31-Nov.2 LCIA Asia-Pacific Coun., Symposium. Mughal Sheraton, Agra.

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

Nov.19-20    International Arbitration Practice Workshop, Paris.
             contact: ICC.


Jan. 16      LCIA North-American Council. Conference. Jointly with AAA.
Jan. 17      LCIA N.Am.Coun. Symposium. (both events in Miami, Florida)

May 4-6      Biennial Conference, Paris.   ICCA: fax: 00+46-8-723.0176.

May 8-13     LCIA European Council Symposium. Tylney Hall, England.

June 3-6     CIArb, Annual Conference.  Birmingham.

Oct.15-17    SPIDR Annual Int'l Conference. Portland, Oregon, USA.

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

Nov. 17-18   CIArb, Millennium 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 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.
       (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

IBA:     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:

SPIDR    Homepage:



Recent publications:
  'Arbitration versus Litigation in transnational Contracts: recent trends in the United States relevant to foreign parties faced with the choice (part one of two parts)'. _International Arbitration and Litigation Briefing_1_(2). Jones Day, Frankfurt aM (f: 00+49.69.9726.3993).

Athens Meetings.
The European Branch (CIArb) is holding its Autumn meeting in Athens. The orgeeting in Athens. The organiser is George Economou, a maritime and commercial arbitrator based in Piraeus. The programme will be based on the result of discussions not only within the Branch but also with colleagues from the M.M.A.A. (the Mediterranean Maritime Arbitration Association), the Greek Arbitration Association and colleagues from Cyprus.
The meeting will run from Friday evening until the Sunday (Oct.31-Nov.2).

SPIDR Conference, September.
Dr Maria Volpe, SPIDR President writes: "In the past 25 years, the promises and challenges for dispute resolvers have become increasingly discernible. Many of the emerging developments could not have been intended or envisioned as recent as 1972. With the continuing rapid growth of this field, we will probably not recognize it at the end of the next 25 years. The technologies and evolution of processes will be beyond anything we can currently imagine."  The 25th Annual International Conference is in Florida from September 25th to 27th.

Millennium Conference, 1999.
The Millennium Conference will take place in London on November 17th and 18th. It is being organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and in particular by Professor Neil Kaplan, a Vice President of the Institute. The location will be the Queen Elizabeth the Second Conference CenSecond Conference Centre. This modern facility is just off Parliament Square (opposite the House of Lords, and conveniently close to the Department of Trade and Industry in Victoria Street) and can accommodate some six hundred delegates.

Dispute Resolution at Home and Abroad.
subtitled " or, A Glimpse at Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century " is the theme of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand's annual conference, this July (25th to 27th). Non members are welcome. The meeting is being held at Palmerston North. Overseas speakers will include Charles Barton, Ben Beaumont, Terry O'Connell and Michael Pryles. (See next item also.)

Having reviewed the conference, now seems an opportune moment to print a few words about a non-European arbitral body. The AMINZ was formed in December 1987, and now has 630 members. Membership spreads over thirty occupational fields
The present body is the result of the fusion in 1996 of the Institute of Employment Arbitrators and Mediators and of the Mediators Institute with the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute.
Membership is graded (affiliate, associate , fellow). Panels of arbitrators and mediators are maintained. A two year course in dispute resolution has been established in cooperation with Massey University. A post-gry University. A post-graduation programme (leading to a 'Master of Business Studies (Dispute Resolution)') is also offered.
The Institute is based in Wellington. (An e-mail address is being set up, for the meantime the fax number is in the Diary, above.)


Dr Richard Hill of Geneva, kindly forwarded the following, the similarity between the journalist (occasionally with a 'scoop', often racking his mind to fill the next line) and the advocate (occasionally with the damning question, often trying to just keep the ball in play) is perhaps too obvious. I hope some of you enjoy them, or even view the material as approaching a 'scoop':
"Most language is spoken language, and most words, once they are uttered, vanish forever into the air. But such is not the case with language spoken during courtroom trials, for there exists an army of courtroom reporters whose job it is to take down and preserve every statement made during the proceedings.
 Mary Louise Gilman, the venerable editor of the National Shorthand
Reporter, has collected many of the more hilarious courtroom bloopers in
two books (Humor in the Court (1977) and More Humor in the) and More Humor in the Court).

Q: (Showing man picture.) That's you?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: And you were present when the picture was taken, right?

Q: Was that the same nose you broke as a child?
A: I have only one, you know.

Q: What is your relationship with the plaintiff?
A: She is my daughter.
Q: Was she your daughter on February 13, 1979?

Q: Now, you have investigated other murders, have you not, where there was a victim?

Q: ...and what did he do then?
A: He came home, and next morning he was dead.
Q: So when he woke up the next morning he was dead?

Q: Do you drink when you're on duty?
A: I don't drink when I'm on duty, unless I come on duty drunk.

Q. What is your brother-in-law's name? A. Borofkin.
Q. What's his first name?
A. I can't remember.
Q. He's been your brother-in-law for years, and you can't remember his first name?
A. No. I tell you I'm too excited. (Rising from the witness chair and
pointing to Mr. Borofkin.) Nathan, for God's sake, tell them your first

Q.  Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?
A.  I refuse to answer that question.
Q.  Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicanight with this man in Chicago?
A.  I refuse to answer that question.
Q.  Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?
A.  No.

Q.  Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A.  By death.
Q.  And by whose death was it terminated?

Q.  Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A.  All my autopsies have been performed on dead people.

Q.  Were you aquatinted with the deceased?
A.  Yes, sir.
Q.  Before or after he died?

Q.  What happened then?
A.  He told me, he says, "I have to kill you because you can identify me."
Q.  Did he kill you
A.  No.

Q.  Mrs. Jones, is your appearance this morning pursuant to a deposition
notice which I sent to your attorney?
A.  No.  This is how I dress when I go to work.

THE COURT: Now, as we begin, I must ask you to banish all present
information and prejudice from your minds, if you have any.

Q.  And lastly, Gary, all your responses must be oral.  O.K.?  What
school do you go to?
A.  Oral.
Q.  How old are you?
A.  Oral.

Q: Nobsp; Oral.

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleeps, in most
cases he just passes quietly away and doesn't know anything about it
until the next morning?

Q: Was it you or your brother than was killed in the war?

Q: The youngest son, the 20 year old, how old is he?

Q: Were you alone or by yourself?

Q: How long have you been a French Canadian?

Q: Do you have any children or anything of that kind?

Q: Were you present in court this morning when you were sworn in?

Q: So you were gone until you returned?

Q:  She had three children, right?
A:  Yes.
Q:  How many were boys?
A:  None.
Q:  Were there girls?

Q:  You don't know what it was, and you don't know what it looked like, but
can you describe it?

Q:  Do you recall approximately the time that you examined the body of Mr.
Edington at the Rose Chapel?
A:  It was in the evening.  The autopsy started about 8:30 p.m.
Q:  And Mr. Edington was dead at the time, is that correct?

Q:  Have you lived in this town all your life?    A:  Not yet."

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