Past Online Member Programs

USCIB/ICC USA’s Sole Practitioners Group and
the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators New York Branch


Arbitrators Series: Nuts and Bolts of Conducting
Arbitral Hearings via Videoconference

April 28, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pmET

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, arbitrators and arbitration counsel have increasingly looked to web-based video conferencing technology for the conduct of arbitration hearings. Over the past several weeks, the arbitral community has been inundated by advice from arbitral institutions and practitioners on whether and how to fairly and efficiently conduct arbitration hearings by video.

This program will offer best practices and meaningful “nuts and bolts” suggestions geared to arbitrators and arbitration counsel in sole practice for conducting video hearings.

Nancy M. Thevenin, FCIArb, USCIB’s general counsel, will provide a brief update on USCIB/ICC USA’s Arbitration committee activities. See bio.

Marek Krasula, the North America counsel for the ICC International Court of Arbitration®, will discuss the ICC Guidance Note on Possible Measures Aimed at Mitigating the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic. See bio.

Stephanie Cohen, FCIArb, a New York-based arbitrator, will address her Draft Zoom Hearing Procedural Order, which was published by Transnational Dispute Management on April 14, 2020. Ms. Cohen is Vice Chair of the New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. See bio.

Matthew Draper, FCIArb, who serves as Chair of the Sole Practitioner’s Committee and Treasurer of the New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, will moderate the discussion. See bio.

The speakers will answer questions submitted in advance by participants.

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When:  March 25, 2020 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

This presentation will focus on when the UNCITRAL Model Law standard for interim measures and emergency arbitrations can be applied, its elements, and how each element should be applied. You will hear from CIArb Fellow Jose F. Sanchez, an arbitrator and counsel with Vinson & Elkins LLP in New York, whose article, “Applying the Model Law’s Standard for Interim Measures in International Arbitration,” will be published by the Journal of International Arbitration in February 2020.  Mr. Sanchez will address how to correctly apply the international standard for interim measures and emergency arbitrations by providing an overview of precedents and authority from around the world on, and the legislative history of, each element of the standard. Members and guests in attendance will receive a multi-page cheat sheet designed to help an arbitrator determine how to apply each element of the international standard. There will be time for discussion following the presentation, for example, as to the potential difference in practice between requiring a showing of a “reasonable possibility” of success and requiring a showing of “likelihood” of success on the merits. The discussion will be led by Rainbow Willard, Counsel in the International Arbitration practice at Chaffetz Lindsey LLP.

Application for New York accreditation of this program is pending.

Do you have any burning questions? The speaker would be happy to address your questions, so please e-mail us at if there are particular issues you would like us to cover.