YACF News

Young Arbitration Club Finland Annual Meeting, 15 March 2016

Young Arbitration Club Finland’s Annual Meeting was held at Borenius Attorneys Ltd (Eteläesplanadi 2, Helsinki) on 15 March 2016.  The Board presented YACF’s annual report and financial statement for the year 2015 and described the upcoming events and plans for the year 2016.  A new Board was elected for the year 2016.  Mss. Kirsi Kannaste, Leena Kujansuu and Tuuli Timonen and Messrs. Olli Sailas and Santtu Turunen and were re-elected to remain on the Board with Ms Kannaste elected as the Chair of the Board.  The new members of the Board are Messrs. Tom Ehrström and Markus Kouhi.

The membership fee was fixed at 25 Euro for the year 2016.

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Young Arbitration Club Finland Annual Meeting, 11 February 2015

Young Arbitration Club Finland’s Annual Meeting was held at Castrén & Snellman (Eteläesplanadi 14, Helsinki) on 11 February 2015.  The Board presented YACF’s annual report and financial statement for the year 2014 and described the upcoming events and plans for the year 2015.  A new Board was elected for the year 2015.  Messrs. Johannes Frände, Aapo Saarikivi and Santtu Turunen and Ms. Tuuli Timonen were re-elected to remain on the Board.  The new members of the Board are Mss. Kirsi Kannaste and Leena Kujansuu and Mr. Olli Sailas.

The membership fee was fixed at 25 Euro for the year 2015.

The annual meeting was followed by a coffeehouse debate on the appropriate use and role of tribunal secretaries with an introductory speech by Marko Hentunen from Castrén & Snellman.

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YACF to Host 2nd Co-Chairs’ Circle Global Conference in Helsinki in 2016

The Co-Chairs Circle (CCC) is an informal platform for the exchange between young arbitration practitioner groups. Currently, 24 young arbitration practitioner groups participate in the CCC initiative. For further information regarding the CCC, please consult the CCC website.

The first global conference organized by the CCC took place in Berlin at the end of September and focused on cultural differences in international arbitration. The conference was co-hosted by 17 of the groups forming the CCC, with DIS40 taking the main responsibility for the arrangements. The fully booked CCC conference was attended by 150 young arbitration practitioners from 25 countries.

Going forward, the goal of the CCC is to transform the global conference into a recurring biennial tradition. In order to ensure continuity, it was agreed at the conference in Berlin that the 2nd global conference would be held in Helsinki in 2016, with YACF taking on the main responsibility for organizing the event in cooperation with the other groups forming the CCC. YACF is pleased and honored to take on this momentous task, and to build on the great work done in preparation of the first successful conference in Berlin. We very much look forward to inviting below-40 practitioners from around the world to Helsinki in 2016!