25 años | Jóvenes vs Experiencia

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On April 23, 2019, in the morning hours, the event “Jóvenes vs Experiencia ¿Un dilema en la elección de árbitros?” [Youth vs. Experience: A dilemma in the choice of arbitrators?] organized by the CCL Arbitration Center, Bullard Falla Ezcurra Law Firm and the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA), discussed the considerations that should be taken into account when choosing an arbitrator.

After the inauguration by the president of the Superior Council of Arbitration of the Center, Rosa Bueno de Lercari, the panel composed of Jorge Lazarte, vice-president of Legal and Corporate Affairs of InRetail Peru; Ignacio Zapiola, associate of Cleary Gottlieb; Nicolás de la Flor, associate of Bullard Falla Ezcurra; and Irene Zegarra-Ballón, Arbitration Secretary of the CCL Arbitration Center; analyzed, among others, the challenges faced by young people to be appointed as arbitrators, reaching the conclusion that there is no confrontation between experience and youth in an arbitral tribunal, but rather they can complement each other.

“As I see it, three considerations that prevail when choosing an arbitrator irrespective of age: independence (I look for the impartiality of the arbitrator), good judgment (intelligent, with analytical skills and common sense) and personality (who can express their opinion) and good reputation”, Lazarte remarked. In the same vein, Irene Zegarra Ballón stressed that an arbitrator’s availability, the huge need for awards or subjects such as new technologies are windows of opportunity to which young arbitrators can access.

After the panel, a mock trial was conducted by Alfredo Bullard, partner of Bullard Falla Ezcurra Law Firm as a guide for the simulation. The Arbitral Tribunal was made up of Edson López, Arbitrator Intelligence Ambassador for Guatemala; Milan Pejnovic, senior associate of Bullard Falla Ezcurra; and Juan Luis Avendaño, former president of the Superior Council of Arbitration, as Chair of the Tribunal.

La actividad se llevó a cabo haciendo una simulación acerca de un conflicto arbitral ficticio en un mundo similar al de Game of Thrones. Enfrentándose, se hallaba el equipo “Stark” conformado por Seguimundo Navarro, secretario General del Club Español del Arbitraje; y José Tam, coordinador de las áreas de Litigios y Arbitraje e Inversiones Asiáticas de Rodrigo Elías & Mendrano; mientras que el equipo “Lanister” lo conformaban Malgorzata Judiewickz, fundadora de Arbitration 360º; y Carolina de Trazegnies, consultora de Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. Este último acto del evento finalizó recomendando a los jóvenes árbitros mantenerse al día con las corrientes arbitrales, dado que esto les permitirá ejercer con mayor fluidez un arbitraje.