ICCA 2018 Sydney



Evolution and Adaptation: The Future of International Arbitration

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.

Harbour bridge

The Programme:

ICCA is pleased to present the preliminary programme for the 24th ICCA Congress, which is themed Evolution and Adaptation: The Future of International Arbitration.

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.


Speaker announcements will be made over the next few weeks, with the following programming now confirmed:

Monday, 16 April 2018

Morning – Session 1: The Keynote Opening Address will be delivered by the renowned international jurist and Australian, James Richard Crawford AC SC FBA. Justice Crawford has sat as a Judge of the International Court of Justice since 2015, having been elected for a full term in November 2014.

Morning Session 2: Panel 1 on Law-Making in International Arbitration: What Legitimacy Challenges Lie Ahead?

This session will be moderated by Stephan Schill, University of Amsterdam (Germany), who will be joined by Speakers Sudaresh Menon, Singapore Supreme Court (Singapore); Alexis Mourre, ICC International Court of Arbitration (France); Lucy Reed, National University of Singapore (USA) and Thomas Schultz, King’s College London (Switzerland, Germany, USA)

Opera House


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.


Further Information:

For more information, and to register under our Early Bird Special discount, please visit www.icca2018sydney.com.