On 17-18 September 2010, the IBA International Construction Projects Committee will hold the 4th Biennial IBA Conference on Construction Projects from Conception to Completion. The Conference is supported by the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, the ICC, the Society of Construction Law, and the IBA European Regional Forum.

The event is co-chaired by David Robertson of Fenwick Elliott LLP in London and Cecilia Vidigal Monteiro de Barros of Xavier Bernardes Bragança in São Paulo, and like earlier editions, it will take place in Brussels.

Speakers from different jurisdictions will cover topics on recent developments in construction industry dispute resolution, procurement rules, anti-corruption measures, financing models, practical tips for implementing the ICC’s ADR rules and the impact of the global economic downturn on the construction industry.

A panel led by Pierrick Le Goff of Alstom will begin the first day of the Conference by tackling anti-corruption measures and procurement rules (the panel will be composed of Jeremy Glover, Fenwick Elliott; Sara Hannaford, Keating Chambers, and Wanda Ternau, AGIP). Thereafter, a panel chaired by Tim Reynolds of TLT in London, and consisting of Doug Jones of Clayton Utz in Sydney and Marc Frilet of Frilet in Paris, will address financing models in the context of motorway, powerplant and hospital construction projects.

Jaya Sharma and her panelists Habib Al Mulla of Habib Al Mulla & Co in Dubai and Young Seok Lee of Yulchon in Seoul will analyse the effect of the economic crisis on the construction industry. Another panel of speakers, chaired by Mark Lane of Pinsent Masons in London, will end the day by presenting a session focusing on the construction of sports facilities and stadiums, including strategies for avoiding delay, contract structuring and securing financing.

The second day of the Conference will be devoted to two panels dealing with construction disputes. The first will be chaired by Tom Wilson (Kilpatrick Stockton, Dubai) and will make suggestions as to how construction disputes could be streamlined and made more efficient (the panel will consist of Mona Dragan of Costin Soimulescu Dragan-Costin & Partners in Bucharest, Nicholas Gould of Fenwick Elliott in London, and Hanna Tuempel of the ICC in Paris). In the second panel, ICC Secretary General Jason Fry and his panelists (Steve Stein of Stein, Ray & Harris in Chicago, Sean Brannigan of 4 Pump Court in London, and Matthias Scherer of Lalive in Geneva) will discuss arbitration of construction disputes, focusing on time and cost efficiency, construction arbitration under bilateral investment treaties, and how to deal with evidence.

The conference reception and dinner, which is usually one of the highlights of this biennial event, will take place on Friday 17 September 2010.

Information on registration and a full programme can be found on the IBA website.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *