International Arbitration, Current Perspectives – 6th Edition


from May 26 to May 27, 2023

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  • 2023-05-26 08:30:00 2023-05-27 18:00:00 Europe/London International Arbitration, Current Perspectives – 6th Edition BILBAO, SPAIN UIA
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Seminar organised by the UIA in collaboration with the Bizkaia Bar Association, with the special support of the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration (CIMA)

On May 26 and 27, 2023, in collaboration with the Bizkaia Bar Association, the UIA is holding a seminar on highly topical current issues in the field of international arbitration: sanctions, arbitration, climate change, damage to the environment and arbitration, arbitration in Africa (OHADA and Maghreb), and the powers of the arbitrator at the beginning of the proceedings (Early Dismissal and Preliminary Determination) and when the arbitrator's work ends.

This will be the 6th edition of the seminar in Bilbao, which has become a UIA classic. The working sessions will be held over a day and a half at the headquarters of the Bizkaia Bar Association. In addition to the high technical content of the sessions, as seen in previous editions, we shall have the opportunity to meet with colleagues and friends during the various social events: A welcome cocktail, coffee breaks, lunches, a cultural visit and an optional dinner, all of which will make this seminar an unforgettable event.
Please be sure to attend!

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Organising Committee

  • Organising Committee

    Urquiola DE PALACIO DEL VALLE DE LERSUNDI UIA President, Palacio & Asociados, Madrid, Spain
    Álvaro LOPEZ DE ARGUMEDO President of the UIA International Arbitration Commission, CIMA Arbitrator, Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P, Madrid, Spain
    Carlos FATÁS MOSQUERA President of the UIA Spanish National Committee, UIA-IROL Deputy Director General, Vice President of the UIA Human Rights Commission, Alion Abogados, Barcelona, Spain
    Francisco RUIZ RISUEÑO Secretary General of CIMA, Madrid, Spain
    Ángel SANCHEZ FREIRE President of the UIAMentor Programme, Araoz & Rueda, Madrid, Spain
    Aitzol ASLA URIBE IparBilbao - Roca Junyent Abogados, Bilbao, Spain
    Alfonso IGLESIA GONZÁLEZ President of the Spanish Arbitration Club, Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, S.L.P., Madrid, Spain
    Francisco Manuel SERRANO OSOBLIWA J&A Garrigues, S.L.P., Madrid, Spain
    Félix J. MONTERO MURIEL Pérez-Llorca Abogados, S.L.P., Madrid, Spain
    Alberto FORTÚN Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, S.L.P., Madrid, Spain


  • Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía de Bizkaia




(Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía de Bizkaia)

Salón de Actos
Rampas de Uribitarte, 3
48001 Bilbao, Spain
T +34 94 435 62 00



  • On or before April 26: € 250*
  • From April 27: € 300*


  • On or before April 26: € 150*
  • From April 27: € 175*


  • On or before April 26: € 300*
  • From April 27: € 350*


  • On or before April 26: € 200*
  • From April 27: € 225*

Single price: € 200*

*VAT (21%) may be applied to the amount stated above according to the European Directive 2006/112/CE of November 28 2006. If you provide an EU VAT ID number, the VAT will not be charged. For more information, please contact the UIA.
** Please attach proof of age to the registration form to benefit from young lawyers’ fee.

Fees include:
• Attendance at all working sessions
• Seminar documentation
• Welcome cocktail on May 25
• Coffee breaks on May 26 & 27
• Lunch on May 26

The dinner on Friday, May 26 is optional and at additional charge.

Please note that the number of places at the seminar is limited. The organisers reserve the right to refuse registrations in the event of excess applications.

In order for your name to appear in the list of participants, which will be distributed during the seminar, your registration form must be received by May 15 at the latest. An updated electronic list will be sent by email to all the participants after the seminar.


Every participant attending the seminar will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event that may be used to obtain “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education” - “Continuing Professional Development” purposes, depending on national rules.  For more information, please contact the UIA office in Paris.


The working languages will be Spanish, English and French with a simultaneous translation.


A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked at a preferential rate at the hotels listed below. Reservations should be made directly through the hotel. Credit card details must be given in order to secure your reservation. Please note that the number of rooms is limited. We recommend that you proceed with your reservations as soon as possible.

350 meters from the seminar venue
Colon de Larreategui, 9,
48001 Bilbao, Spain
T + 34 94 423 62 00

  • Single Room:    EUR 119
  • Double Room for Single Use :  EUR 139
  • Double Room:    EUR 151

Breakfast and 10% VAT included

Booking reference: UIA-ICAB Seminar
Booking deadline: April 3, 2023

Please download the hotel reservation form here 

550 meters from the seminar venue
Alameda de Mazarredo, 61
48009 Bilbao, Spain
T + 34 94 425 33 00

  • Smart Inner view - Double Room for Single Use : EUR 230
  • Smart Inner view - Double Room: EUR 260
  • Superior city view - Double Room for Single Use : EUR 290
  • Superior city view - Double Room: EUR 320

Breakfast and 10% VAT included

Booking reference: UIA Seminar
Booking deadline: March 26, 2023

Please mention you are coming for the UIA Seminar.

700 meters from the seminar venue
Plaza Federico Moyúa, 2
48009 Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain
T + 34 944 16 22 00

  • Double Room for Single Use :  EUR 165
  • Double Room :    EUR 195

Breakfast and 10% VAT included

  • Booking reference: UIA-ICAB Seminar
  • Booking deadline: April 15, 2023

Please download the hotel reservation form here


All cancellations will be subject to a 50% deduction for administrative expenses and must be sent in writing, to be received by the UIA, no later than April 26, 2023. No refund will be made for cancellations received after this date.

Anyone who requires a visa invitation letter in order to attend the seminar should register and pay their registration fees no later than April 26, 2023 to ensure there is enough time to obtain a visa.

Only in this case a refund can be obtained in the event that the visa is denied. * - **
If we receive your registration after this date, only 50% of the expenses will be reimbursed**.
No reimbursement will be made if the visa is obtained after the seminar.
* 100% of the registration fees paid minus € 50 + VAT (administrative fees).
** We need to receive proof of visa refusal in order to proceed with the reimbursement.


All registrations received by the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) along with the full payment of fees corresponding to the events selected will be confirmed in writing.

The UIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the seminar to a later date, change the seminar venue and/or programme, make any corrections or modifications in the information published in the seminar programme and cancel any invitation to participate in the seminar, at any time and at their entire discretion, without having to provide any reasons for the same.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a participant, accompanying person or a third party following any cancellations, changes, postponements or modifications.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature whatever, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate or accompanying person, except in case of death or personal injury due to gross negligence by the UIA.

The contractual relations between the UIA and each participant (delegate or accompanying person) in relation to the seminar are subject to French law and jurisdiction, to the exclusion of any other law. Paris is the city of jurisdiction.

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure compliance with police, customs and health formalities for their journey. Participants unable to take part in the seminar because of their inability to take a flight or any other means of transportation due to being unable to provide the documents required (passport, visa, vaccination certificate, etc.) cannot claim any reimbursement.

“Force majeure” means any events external to the parties, of both an unforeseeable and insurmountable nature that prevents either the client or the participants, or the agency or service providers involved in organising the seminar, from executing all or part of the obligations provided for in the present agreement. By express agreement, such will be the case in the event of a strike affecting the means of transport, hotel staff, air traffic controllers, an insurrection, a riot or any prohibition whatsoever decreed by governmental or public authorities. It is expressly agreed that, for the parties, a case of force majeure would suspend the execution of their reciprocal obligations. At the same time, each of the parties shall bear the burden of all the expenses incumbent upon them, resulting from the case of force majeure.

The organisers decline any responsibility in case of any health problems existing prior to the seminar that may lead to complications or be aggravated during the entire period of the stay: pregnancy, cardio-vascular problems, any allergies, special diets, any disorders under treatment and not yet consolidated on the day the seminar starts, psychic or mental or depressive illness, etc. (Non-exhaustive list).


The personal data that you communicate to us shall be processed by the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats), with registered office at 9, rue du Quatre-Septembre, 75002 Paris (Tel: +33 1 44 88 55 66 - Fax: +33 1 44 88 55 77 - privacy@uianet.org), data controller (hereinafter referred to as the “UIA”), in accordance with Act No. 78-17 of May 6, 1978 relating to data, files and freedoms and Regulation No. 2016/679 on data protection, as of its entry into force on May 25, 2020. Your data will be managed by UIA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:
• For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
• In order to pay for the selected services - your bank details will be deleted after receipt of your payment;
• In order to communicate information messages from UIA.
To the extent necessary for the execution of their respective tasks, our subcontractors in charge of our seminar organisation, our IT infrastructure, our management, the production and maintenance of our website and extranet, are likely to gain access to your data from time to time. Their servers are located in the European Union. Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years. We shall store your contact information to keep you informed until you ask us to stop. You have the right to access your data and have it corrected if necessary. You may object to any processing of your data undertaken by us for the purposes of our legitimate interests.
If you wish for more information, or to lodge a complaint, please contact CNIL (French Data Protection Authority).

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