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

2018: “The Need for Speed – Is International Arbitration Becoming Overly Fixated with Efficiency?”
by Robin Oldenstam

About the lecture

Efficiency is an important factor in arbitration and likely key to its long term survival as a favoured form for resolving international commercial disputes. At the same time efficiency needs to be tempered by basic procedural principles, such as party autonomy and due process, as well as by general considerations of fairness. Recent years have seen tendencies to push the efficiency factor to the extent that it may start to infringe upon such principles and considerations. The lecture will offer examples of such tendencies and suggest that it may be time to push back.

About the speaker

Robin Oldenstam specializes in arbitration and civil litigation and is the head of Mannheimer Swartling’s International Arbitration Practice. He is also the current Swedish member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

He has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations under the SCC, the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICDR, Swiss Rules and other rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings. His experience includes disputes from many areas and industries.

He was chairing the Swedish Arbitration Association (the SAA) between 2010-2014. The SAA is the leading association for arbitration practitioners in Sweden.

Robin also has extensive experience as an arbitrator including a large number of appointments as a sole arbitrator and as chairman in both domestic and international arbitrations. He has served as arbitrator under ad hoc and various institutional rules, and in disputes governed by a variety of applicable laws. Robin is a fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is responsible for the Swedish Bar Association’s mandatory course in trial advocacy and regularly lectures on arbitration and litigation at several university courses and training programs for professionals. He is the main author of Mannheimer Swartling’s Guide to Commercial Dispute Resolution and the Swedish chapter of the Practitioners Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration (Oxford University Press), as well as various articles and case notes in professional journals. Robin is also a member of the editorial board for Global Arbitration Review (GAR).

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