Previous IA Lectures

2021: Parallel proceedings in international arbitration: theoretical analysis and search for practical solutions
2020: A Response to DFAT’s Review of Australia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties 2019: Arbitration in Australia – Rising to the Challenge 2018: "The Need for Speed – Is International Arbitration Becoming Overly Fixated with Efficiency?” 2017: How worldly is it?” by The Hon Sir Bernard Eder2016: “International Arbitration and Independence – Off the Beaten Track” by Elliott Geisinger2015: “Dynamics, discretion and diversity - A recipe for unpredictability in international arbitration?” by Hilary Heilbron QC2014: “Commercial Courts and International Arbitration– Competitors or Partners?” by Michael Hwang SC2013: The authority of the arbitrator - its sources, limits and importance2012: The Impact of International Arbitration on the Rule of Law2011: Islamic influences on international arbitration2010: 仲裁 - Speaking your language? What is the language of resolution in the Asia-Pacific region?2009: The Day Before Tomorrow: Future Developments in International Arbitration2008: Inside Out: A User's View of International Arbitration2007: When Arbitrators Facilitate Settlement: Amiable Imposition or Actual Solution?2006: Enterprise v State: The New David and Goliath?2005: Litigate, Arbitrate, Mediate, Frustrate? Breaking the Dispute Deadlock2004: Apes, Neanderthals and Missing Links: Evolution in International Business Arbitration2003: East meets West: Tradition, Globalisation and the Future of Arbitration2002: Arbitration, Imagination and the Culture of Compromise: The Inaugural Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture

2008: Inside Out:A User's View of International Arbitration

About the lecture

In the 2008 International Arbitration Lecture, Jean-Claude Najar, senior counsel and chief compliance officer Europe, Middle East and Africa for General Electric discussed the evolving role of in-house counsel from a conventional lawyer to a powerful business and risk manager.

Through the formation of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (which has recently been granted observer status with the UNCITRAL Working Group for the revision of the 1976 Arbitration Rules), Jean-Claude illustrated how the true users of arbitration have been given a voice to assist in improving the arbitral process and facilitate change.

About the speaker

Jean-Claude Najar is a senior in-house lawyer with General Electric Company and is the founder and current Chairman of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group, which has been hailed as 'the users' voice'. He is renowned for his extensive arbitration expertise, international contracts, corporate governance and compliance, and for being an advocate of proactive in-house legal departments.

Jean-Claude has published extensively and is a frequent panelist on arbitration, ADR, compliance, and the role of in-house counsel. He has taught at the universities of Paris and Dijon in France, Lucca and Florence in Italy, and Cambridge, and is a former Vice-President of the LCIA Court, and the immediate past Senior Chair of the IBA's Corporate Counsel Forum.

Lecture transcript

Audio clips

An excerpt from the 2008 International Arbitration Lecture. Unable to embed resource /multimediafiles/CU_IALecture_2008.mp3