ICCA 2018 Sydney



Evolution and Adaptation: The Future of International Arbitration

The ICCA 2018 Congress will be held in Sydney from 15-18 April 2018. The AMINZ-ICCA International Arbitration Day will follow on 19-20 April, with these events positioned in succession to allow delegates to attend both the main Sydney Congress and the New Zealand event afterwards, capitalising on the fact that this will be the first time that the ICCA Congress has been hosted in the Oceanic region.

What is the ICCA Congress?

The ICCA Congress is a biennial event held around the world for the presentation and discussion of papers on different aspects of international dispute resolution.  It is widely considered the premier International Arbitration Conference in the year which it is held, attracting high delegate numbers from across the globe and making a significant contribution to the development of dispute resolution theory and practice. The first ICCA Congress took place in Paris in 1961.

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The Programme:

ICCA is pleased to present the programme for the 24th ICCA Congress, which may be downloaded here.

Some programme highlights include:

  • A “hot topics” panel discussion, canvassing the latest controversies, newest decisions and boldest proposals of 2018. Congress delegates will be invited in advance to suggest “breaking news” topics for the panel’s consideration.
  • A “TED Talk” style luncheon where leading arbitrators will offer their personal reflections on the past, present and future of their careers and of arbitration itself. Questions and observations from the floor will be encouraged.
  • A panel discussion on the role of public bodies and public interests in arbitration processes which will consider the role of arbitration as a public inquiry that regulates broader norms of fairness.


AMINZ and ICCA are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the Congress. Delivering the Keynote Opening Address is The Honourable Justice Dr. Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, Judge of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Chandrachud graduated with an LLM and Doctoral degree from Harvard Law School, before serving as the Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 until his appointment as a judge. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of India in May 2016, having previously served as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from October 2013 to May 2016 and as Judge of the Bombay High Court from March 2000 to October 2013.

The Keynote Closing Address will be delivered by the Honourable Thomas F. Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The Chief Justice graduated with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney in 1971, before going on to practice as a solicitor then barrister, specialising in corporate law and litigation. Prior to his appointment to the bench, the Chief Justice served as President of both the Australian Bar Association (2008-2010) and the New South Wales Bar Association (2009-2011). He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.

To Meet the Speakers and view their profiles, see the website here.

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The Social Programme:

ICCA 2018 boasts a vibrant social calendar to complement the Congress sessions. Events will be held in venues around the city and its harbour to showcase all that Sydney has to offer. Some highlights include:

Opening Ceremony, Sunday, 15 April 2017, Sydney Opera House

The Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception will be held on the evening of Sunday, 15 April 2018, at the iconic Sydney Opera House with an exclusive performance from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  This will be followed by a Welcome Reception overlooking the water on the edge of Bennelong Point.

Conference Gala Dinner, Tuesday, 17 April 2017, ICC Grand Ballroom, Darling Harbour

The ICCA 2018 Gala Dinner, themed Dinner under the Southern Stars, will be held in the ICC Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, providing an evening of fine dining, entertainment and warm Australian hospitality to Congress delegates. The menu will showcase indigenous Australian and New Zealand flavours and will be carefully paired to feature the very best of our local wine producers.

ICCA 2018 will also include daily after-session events.

Further Information:

For more information, and to register, please visit www.icca2018sydney.com.