I feel privileged as I write this first blog post of Young Arbitration Club Finland. What a great organisation to chair! Since its inception in 2012, YACF has succeeded in meeting the needs of its members. A clear sign of this is the steady increase in memberships and the high attendance rate at all of our events. To put it simply, YACF has been able to provide the platform for the exchange of thoughts and promotion of arbitration amongst lawyers aged 40 and below it was founded for. In my position as the newly elected chairman of YACF, I am excited to build on the excellent foundation and seek to take YACF to new heights.
This year brings many exciting milestones. The joint event of YACF and ICC YAF organised in the beginning of April considering the effect of sanctions on East-West arbitration provided insightful discussion on the topic with distinguished speakers from Finland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Lithuania. The YACF Baltic road show will conclude also in April when we gather in Vilnius to discuss the enforcement of arbitral awards. Followed by successful events in Tallinn and Riga, I am sure Vilnius will be a great way to round-up the first set of YACF joint seminars with our Baltic colleagues. The busy spring will see its grand finale in May when YACF hosts and co-organises the second global Conference of the Co-Chairs’ Circle. With the keynote speeches by Wendy Miles, QC, and Simon Greenberg introducing the audience to the conference umbrella theme of Controversy in Arbitration, followed by the excellent array of speakers continuing on the topic, I am sure the crowd gathered to Helsinki will benefit from an exceptionally interesting conference day.
The Co-Chairs’ Circle global conference is immediately preceded by another 2016 ’must’, Helsinki International Arbitration Day 2016. The co-operation between the FAI and YACF for both these two events provides an excellent example of the co-operation YACF wishes to engage in also in the future with the FAI and YACF’s sister organisations all over the world. Further developing this co-operation will be a focus of YACF later in 2016.
The busy spring term will be followed by several interesting events come autumn. This is guaranteed by the enthusiastic and skilled group of my YACF co-chairs Tom Ehrström / Dittmar & Indrenius, Markus Kouhi / NCC Construction Ltd, Leena Kujansuu / Lindfors & Co, Olli Sailas / Andritz Oy, Tuuli Timonen / White & Case and Santtu Turunen / University of Helsinki. Stay tuned for more information about these developments in our future posts.
YACF is always open to ideas on how to develop our activities. Please come and say ’hi’ the next time we meet and let’s discuss the bright future of YACF!
YACF chairman, senior associate, Krogerus