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The Club Español del Arbitraje (the “CEA”) is a Spanish non-profit organization constituted in 2005 with the purpose to promote arbitration as an alternative method of conflict resolution and the development of arbitration in Spanish and Portuguese or Latin-American component. The CEA counts with more than 900 members of 43 countries and 28 international chapters.


  • Alexander Hansebout – Partner, Altius, Brussels
  • Audrey Goessens – Case Manager, CEPANI, Brussels
  • Damien Geradin – Professor at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and Visiting Professor, University College London; Partner, Euclid Law, Brussels
  • Dodo Chochitaichvili – Litigation and Arbitration Lawyer, Brussels
  • Edurne Navarro Varona – Partner, Uría Menéndez, Brussels
  • Emilio Paolo Villano – i3-law, Turin – Madrid – Brussels
  • Emma Van Campenhoudt – Secretary General, CEPANI, Brussels
  • Gautier Matray – Partner, Matray Matray & Hallet, Brussels
  • José Rafael Mata Dona – Arbitrator in independent practice and accredited mediator, Brussels
  • Maxime Berlingin – Of Counsel, Fieldfisher, Brussels, Lecturer at Saint-Louis University – Brussels
  • Niuscha Bassiri – Partner, Hanotiau & Van den Berg, Brussels
  • Yulia Selivanova – Independent Trade & Energy Regulatory Affairs Expert, Brussels

13:30   Registration of participants

14:00   Welcome Speeches

  • Gautier Matray, Representative of the Capítulo Belga del CEA, Brussels
  • Seguimundo Navarro, Secretary general of the CEA
  • Nicolas Résimont/ / Benoît Kohl, Stibbe, Brussels
  • Meloria Meschi,FTI Consulting, Paris
  • Mathieu Maes, Secretary general of the ICC Belgium
  • Dirk de Meulemeester, President of CEPANI, Brussels

14:30   Keynote Speech

  • Sophie Nappert, 3VB, Gray’s Inn, London

15:00   First Panel (moderated by Dodo Chochitaichvili and Maxime Berlingin)

  • Consent to arbitrate given by digital means: validity and enforceability of the arbitration agreement. Erica Stein, Dechert LLP, Brussels
  • Can leaked or hacked information and documents be used as evidence in arbitration? Matthew Buckle, Norton Rose Fulbright, London
  • Confidentiality in arbitration at the age of emails and cloud computing. Franz Stirnimann Fuentes, Froriep, Geneva
  • Access to cutting edge technology and equality of arms in arbitration. Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Debate and Q&A

 16:30   Coffee Break

 17:00   Second Panel (moderated by Niuscha Bassiri and José Mata Dona)

  •  New technologies used today and 10 years from now in arbitration. Erik Schäfer, Cohausz & Florack, Düsseldorf
  • Protection and acquisition of e-evidence. How to do it and risks of breaching privacy and privilege. Charles Raffin, Hardwicke, London
  • How the increasing amount of available information and data can be used in arbitration cases. Meloria Meschi, FTI Consulting, Paris
  • Are e-skills and on-line security standards to be considered while appointing an arbitrator? Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo

Debate and Q&A

18:30   Closing Remarks

  • Benoit Kohl, Stibbe, Brussels
  • Carol Evrard, Stibbe, Brussels

 Cocktail reception

Friday 23 February 2018
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Rue de Loxum 25 Loksumstraat
1000 Bruxelles


This event has been granted CLE Credits by the Ordre des barreaux francophones et Germanophone de Bruxelles as well as by the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel


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The Organizers may at any time, with or without giving notice, in their absolute discretion and without giving any reason, cancel or postpone the seminar or change any other published details. All participants release the Organizers from any liability howsoever arising from the participation in or attendance at the event, except to the extent prohibited by law. The II Annual Conference of the Belgian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration is held under the Chatham House Rule. Consequently, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

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