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Paris/Zurich, 1 July 2021 - Claudia Salomon has begun her term as President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration – Three Swiss have been elected members of the Court


Ms Salomon, who takes the reins from former ICC Court President Alexis Mourre, was formally elected on 11 June by ICC’s supreme governing body, the World Council. Her election marks a milestone in the ICC Court’s almost 100-year history as the first woman to become President of the world’s preferred arbitral institution.


Ms Salomon is supported in her role by the ICC Court – comprising 195 members from 121 countries and including 17 Vice-Presidents – which begins its 2021-2024 mandate under Ms Salomon’s leadership today. The new ICC Court includes 68 new members and 12 new Vice-Presidents also elected during the World Council meeting of 11 June. Members of the ICC International Court of Arbitration ensures the quality and enforceability of ICC Awards.


Switzerland has a longstanding important position in the field of international arbitration and is traditionally strongly represented in the world’s preferred arbitral institution. Also this year, three recognised experts from the Swiss arbitration community have been elected. Daniel Hochstrasser has been elected new Vice-President of the Court. Diana Akikol has been elected as new member and Laurent Killias as new alternate member. ICC Switzerland is proud that again three outstanding Swiss arbitration practitioners will be on the Court, and sincerely congratulates them. A big thank you is addressed to Teresa Giovannini, outgoing member of the Court, and Anne Véronique Schlaepfer, Vice-President of the Court and Member of the Executive Board of ICC, for all her efforts during her two terms.

ICC Switzerland plans to organize a meeting to establish first contact with the new President of the Court either in Switzerland or on the occasion of a visit of the arbitrators in Paris.

Daniel Hochstrasser

Daniel Hochstrasser co-heads Bär & Karrer's arbitration practice, concentrating on commercial litigation and international arbitration. He primarily focuses on representing parties in complex disputes arising from M&A transactions, industrial and infrastructure projects, banking and finance, as well as license, distribution and development agreements, particularly in the pharmaceutical field.

In addition, Daniel Hochstrasser is frequently chosen as a party-appointed arbitrator and chairman of international arbitrations. While many of these proceedings are conducted under the ICC or Swiss Rules, his experience also extends to the rules of all other major institutions and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and St.Gallen, and has published and lectured on arbitration and litigation in Switzerland and abroad. He has already been a member of the Court since 2015.

Diana Akikol

Dr Diana Akikol is a partner at Walder Wyss based in the Geneva office. She represents clients in commercial arbitrations and regularly sits as an arbitrator, often as president. Her practice has a particular focus on sales, M&A, shareholder agreements, agency, licence and distribution, consultancy, and other services. She also has extensive experience with claims relating to large infrastructure and construction projects. Dr Akikol is member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (Paris) and the Swiss ICC Commission of Arbitration and ADR. She furthermore serves on the Board of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre, and the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). Dr Akikol regularly speaks and publishes in her field.


Laurent Killias

Dr Laurent Killias is a partner with Pestalozzi and heading its arbitration group in Zurich. He focuses his practice on complex international arbitration and international litigation disputes. He has been involved in more than 150 international arbitration cases, both as counsel and arbitrator. As an arbitrator he acted under the rules of various leading institutions, such as the ICC, the Swiss Arbitration Centre and the AAA/ICDR. He is the co-founder of and head lecturer at the Swiss Arbitration Academy which has been established in 2008. In addition, since 2011 he is a lecturer on International Arbitration and International Litigation at the University of Zurich's LLM program. Laurent Killias has extensively published in the field of international arbitration as well as international litigation. In addition, he is a frequent conference speaker.


The full composition of the Court can be viewed on the ICC Website here

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is organizing the International Forum "The Future of International Supply Chains - Sustainable, Digital, Smart" from June to October 2021.


At the Forum we will take a look at the benefits and challenges of international supply chains:

  • - How can supply chains be made more resilient?

    • - Can digitalization of supply chains  also contribute to conserving our resources and protecting our climate?

    • - What are the benefits and challenges of supply chain finance?

    • - How do companies address the issue of corporate supply chain responsibility?

    • - Which initiatives and measures do they take to protect human rights?

    • - And last but not least: what are the latest trends of the "supply chains of tomorrow"?


The opening of the Forum will be joined by Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Trade Centre (ITC), Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Norbert Barthle, Parl. State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL, John Denton, Secretary General ICC and Holger Bingmann, Chairman, ICC Germany.


Register here

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The “ICC-CCIG Series” address major themes related to international trade with a dual purpose: updating Members on issues that are currently being discussed at the United Nations, World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva; and illustrate the way businesses, actors of world governance, civil society and researchers can successfully cooperate towards common global goals.


The second event of the series is dedicated to business and human rights. ICC continuously promotes best practices to its members – domestic and international companies of all sizes and sectors– aimed at enhancing their internal management of human rights and other corporate responsibility areas. The event is held in connection with the 10th anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which is celebrated in June 2021.


More information on the programme as well as registration can be found here.

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We are pleased to announce a webinar on Thursday 6 May, 17:00, on trade and environmental sustainability. This webinar will launch a series of events co-organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the CCIG. It fits into the series of Geneva Business Dialogues organised by ICC Switzerland which the objective is to strengthen global prosperity and development through trade and investment.


More information as well as the possibility to register you find here

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Model-WTO has carried out their 2021 conference over the past week with great success. Over 50 participants from 5 different continents came together virtually, spending a fruitful and informative week.


The Model-WTO international conference provides a unique opportunity for future decision makers to experience first hand the technicalities of the multilateral trading system, which ICC Switzerland is delighted to support!



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The Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43%) of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest figures from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).


IMB’s latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked.

Despite a drop in the number of reported piracy incidents for Q1 2021, violence against crew is on the rise in comparison to previous years. Since the start of 2021, 40 crew have been kidnapped compared to 22 crew in Q1 2020. A crew member was also killed in Q1 2021.


Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea continues to be particularly dangerous for seafarers with 43% of all reported piracy incidents occurring in the region. In addition, the region accounted for all 40 kidnapped crew incidents, as well as the sole crew fatality, according to IMB.


“Pirates operating within the Gulf of Guinea are well-equipped to attack further away from shorelines and are unafraid to take violent action against innocent crews” warns IMB Director Michael Howlett. “It’s critical that seafarers remain cautious and vigilant when travelling in nearby waters and report all incidents to the Regional Authorities and the IMB PRC. Only improved knowledge sharing channels and increased collaboration between maritime response authorities will reduce the risk to seafarers in the region.”


The furthest recorded kidnapping occurred on 11 March 2021 when pirates kidnapped 15 crew from a Maltese flagged Chemical Tanker, 212nm south of Cotonou, Benin. In another incident, a fishing vessel hijacked on 8 February 2021 was used by pirates as a mother vessel to facilitate other attacks.

The IMB PRC commends the Coastal response agencies and independent international navies tasked in the Region for actively responding to reported incidents and encourages their continued efforts in making the GoG waters safer for the seafarers.

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