Springtime News of YACF

As we are nearing summer, it is a good time to have a quick look back on Young Arbitration Club Finland’s (YACF) activities during the beginning of the year and introduce you the new board members as of 11 March 2020.

On 6 February 2020, the FAI invited YACF for an afterwork excursion to have a meet and greet with the FAI staff and to hear a presentation on the amended FAI arbitration rules. The event was welcomed with enthusiasm among the YACF membership and gathered a large group of interested YACF members to hear about the recent amendments to the FAI rules.

On 5 March 2020, YACF held the traditional Pre-Moot Seminar at the premises of the University of Helsinki on the topic “Arbitration Agreements – Hurdling the Obstacles to Functional Proceedings”. The seminar was held on the eve of the Willem C. Vis Helsinki Pre-Moot. Panellists of the seminar were Sonja Heiskala (Associate, Roschier Attorneys Ltd), Markus Muurman (Senior Associate, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd), Oskar Toivonen (Senior Associate, Dottir Attorneys Ltd) and was moderated by Tiia-Maria Ripatti (Associate, Itäinen & Ojantakanen Attorneys Ltd).



The panel discussed many interesting topics and questions related to asymmetric arbitration clauses, which were the focus of the procedural issues in the Willem C. Vis Moot case this year, and looked at the reasons and difficulties that pathological arbitration clauses may raise. In addition, the panel looked at the time when arbitration clauses are drafted and discussed the possible situations that may affect the drafting of an arbitration clause and eventually shape it to end up being asymmetric. The seminar attracted a large and active audience from the Pre-Moot participants and YACF members alike.

After the seminar, a cocktail event was held at the premises of Roschier, where the teams competing in the Pre-Moot had an opportunity get to know each other and prepare for the Pre-Moot weekend in Helsinki. This proved to be an even more valuable opportunity for the student teams participating than expected, as during the weekend the unfortunate news were received that due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, the final hearings in Vienna had to be cancelled this year and were moved to be organised online instead.

On Wednesday 11 March 2020, YACF had its Annual Meeting where the new board was elected. The new board is composed of Sanna Kaistinen of Avance Attorneys Ltd (Chair), Dr. Alexander Gurkov of the University of Helsinki, Eero Kärki of Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd, Jasmin Janné of Lindfors & Co Attorneys at Law Ltd, Jerker Pitkänen of Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Susanna Derefalk of Krogerus Attorneys Ltd and Tiia-Maria Ripatti of Itäinen & Ojantakanen Attorneys Ltd.

The new board is very much looking forward to the upcoming year of activity of YACF despite the unexpected beginning to the year due to COVID-19.


The new board would like to wish everyone a beautiful springtime!


Tiia-Maria Ripatti

YACF Co-Chair

Associate, Itäinen & Ojantakanen Attorneys Ltd