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The use of information technology in international arbitration, whether it is for the exchange of documents and exhibits or to organize virtual hearings, has become unavoidable. Case management tools, document sharing tools, virtual data rooms and videoconferencing tools are available in all shapes and sizes. A short introduction will be given by Mr. Jean-Pierre Fierens, President of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR.

During this multidisciplinary webinar, we will discuss why it is important for arbitrators to properly audit the IT tools they are using and include practical tips from both a legal and technical perspective. Together with cybersecurity experts, we will guide you through the main pitfalls and recommendations on this topic, as also highlighted in the ICC Commission Report on Information Technology in International Arbitration.

Topics that will be addressed during the webinar:

  • Global cyber risks affecting security and privacy today: data accessibility, data integrity, breaches of confidentiality, etc
  • The framework of virtual hearings (rules on virtual hearings enacted by ICC and other institutions, legal aspects re. parties’ consent, identification of main risks and replies of the arbitration community)
  • Main liability risks and implications of using IT tools in international arbitration (contractual liability, tort, protection of personal data)
  • Practical recommendations for choosing between different IT tools

Olivier van der Haegen, Partner, Loyens & Loeff

Olivier is experienced in dispute resolution, and focuses on international commercial arbitration. He is also a member of the Restructuring & Insolvency Team and of the France Region Teams.

He regularly acts as counsel in international arbitration proceedings, either ad hoc or under various institutional rules. He also assists clients in court proceedings relating to setting aside, recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards or foreign judgments (including in investment treaty cases and against Sovereigns).

Aside from his extensive arbitration practice, Olivier handles litigations (including white-collar crime defence) before Belgian courts in the real estate, construction, energy and media industries.

Stéphanie De Smedt, Counsel, Loyens & Loeff

Stéphanie is an expert in intellectual property law (technology transfers, trademark and copyright licensing and counterfeit matters), ICT law (e-commerce, telecom, software and other Internet-related contracts) and privacy and data protection.

She has a particular focus on GDPR compliance, the structuring of (cross-border) data flows, and large scale “privacy by design” projects. She also regularly advises clients active in the life sciences industry on regulatory compliance, in particular in the context of clinical trials.

Stéphanie represents clients in court as well as before the Belgian Data Protection Authority and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings in her areas of expertise. She has been appointed by CEPANI, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, to act as Third-Party Decider in alternative dispute resolution proceedings for .be domain names. She has also been appointed teaching assistant at the Centre for IP & IT Law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

She also regularly publishes articles, speaks at conferences and (internal and external) seminars, and participates as a coach / legal expert to hackathons focussing on the use of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

Dodo Chochitaichvili, Partner, Ariga

Dodo specialises in dispute resolution since 2011. She assists clients in a wide variety of matters for businesses (including start-ups & SME) and consumers, in both advisory and litigation aspects. Her practice also focuses on national and international arbitrations, and arbitration-related court proceedings (recognition, enforcement, annulment of arbitral awards, interim measures, etc.). Her experience includes acting as arbitrator.

Dodo has experience across a broad spectrum of sectors, such as event, food, transport, construction, retail, and technology and R&D.

She regularly gives legal trainings to project owners and intervenes as speaker on various topics of law.

Dodo has successfully completed the four-year professional training for lawyers at the Belgian Supreme Court (2015-2019).

Lisa de Wilde, Incident Response Coordinator, Northwave

Lisa a member of the Computer Emergency Response Team of Northwave. She helps organisations to get back in business as quickly and securely as possible after security incidents, such as ransomware attacks. She uses the knowledge and experience she gains from incidents to advise organisations on how to prevent security incidents. During this webinar she shows how you can act cyber safe and minimise the risks of a security incident.

The participation to this online webinar is free but registration is mandatory (on Zoom):

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