The Finnish Arbitration Academy is a programme organised by the FAI to ensure that the pool of qualified arbitration practitioners will continue to grow in Finland. More than 180 lawyers have already completed the Academy.
The FAI launched the Finnish Arbitration Academy in 2014 and this year it was organized for the 6th time. In the past years, the FAI – as well as the Academy – has drawn special attention to the quality of the awards and arbitral proceedings in general.
“We want to provide the most useful and hands-on training as possible to help arbitrators and counsels resolve even issues where experience and tacit knowledge of arbitration are of importance. Once we have reviewed the feedback from this year, we will decide on the date of the next Academy. The seventh Academy will be held during 2021,” says Santtu Turunen, Secretary General of the FAI.
One of the aims of the Academy is to increase the know-how related to the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce. The participants also learned more about the most important procedural aspects of arbitration, drafting arbitration clauses and writing arbitral awards.
The FAI Arbitration Rules and the Rules for Expedited Arbitration were revised and the updated Rules entered into force 1 January 2020 (the “2020 Rules”). The 2020 Rules contain individual improvements to the 2013 Rules, with the aim of further speeding up and streamlining the arbitral proceedings. According to Turunen, the effects of the revised Arbitration Rules were also touched upon in this year’s Academy.
On 19 November 2020, the following persons received a diploma for successful participation in the Finnish Arbitration Academy organised by the Finland Chamber of Commerce and the FAI:
Marjatta Berg (Helsinki District Court), Valle-Veikko Eronen (Krogerus Attorneys Ltd.), Joona Haapamäki (DLA Piper Finland Attorneys Ltd.), Minna Heikinsalmi (The Supreme Court), Herkko Hietanen (Turre Legal), Kari Hoppu (Aalto University), Heikki Huhtamäki (Huhtamäki Brothers Attorneys Ltd.), Timo A. Järvinen (Properta Attorneys Ltd.), Sanna Kaistinen (Avance Attorneys Ltd.), Mikko Kohtala (Fondia Plc.), Liina Kokko (Merilampi Attorneys Ltd.), Mikko Kontturi (Asianajotoimisto Teperi & Co Oy), Kai Kotiranta (Kotiranta & Co Attorneys Ltd.), Mari Lampenius (Susiluoto Attorneys-at-Law Ltd.), Aleksanteri Lebedeff, Eerik Leikas (Astrea Attorneys at law Ltd.), Pasi Lilja (Helsinki District Court), Marja Luukkonen (Aalto University School of Business), Elli Mattila (Attorneys-at-law Magnusson Ltd.), Erkko Meri (The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, FAI), Kimmo Mettälä (Kimmo Mettälä Consulting Ltd.), Markus Muurman (Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd.), Heidi Paananen (Helsinki District Court), Julia Pekkala (HPP Attorneys Ltd.), Tero Puha (Asianajotoimisto Puha & Taskinen Oy), Janne Rainvuori (Sivenius, Suvanto & Co Advocates Ltd. Attorneys-at-Law), Petri Rinkinen (Market Court), Tiina Ruohonen (Attorneys at law Ratiolex Ltd.), Olli Sailas (Wiidare Ltd), Vilhelm Schröder (Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law Ltd.), Oskar Toivonen (Dottir Attorneys Ltd.), Matti Tyynysniemi (Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd) Minna Vammeljoki (Roschier Attorneys Ltd.), Tanja Volanen (The Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, FAI) ja Tarja Wist (Wist Attorneys – Asianajotoimisto Oy).
Three participants did not want their names to be published.