12th CEA International Conference

The 12th International Conference of the Club Español del Arbitraje will be held from Sunday 18 to Tuesday 20 June 2017 in Madrid (Auditorio Rafael del Pino).

Previously, on 18 June 2017 the 11th CEA-40 Meeting will be held in Madrid.  

After the 12th CEA Conference, on Tuesday 20 June 2017 the following events will take place in Madrid at the Auditorio Rafael del Pino: (i) the CEA General Assembly and (ii) in the afternoon, the I ADR Dialogues organized by the CEA Mediation Commission.

The program of the 12th CEA Conference is as follows:


12th International Conference of the CEA




Date:  Sunday 18 June through Tuesday 20 June 2017

Venue: Auditorium Rafael del Pino, Madrid, Spain (Rafael Calvo, 39A)


Sunday 18 June 2017

20:30: Welcome Dinner


Monday 19 June 2017

09.00 to 10.00: Registration

10.00 to 10:45: Opening Ceremony

10:45 to 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 to 13.00: First Panel. The performance of contracts

The conduct of the parties in performing the contract: pacta sunt servanda; good faith, estoppel, legitimate expectations, consistency, legal certainty.

13.30: Lunch (Intercontinental Madrid Hotel. Paseo de la Castellana, 49)

15.30 to 17.00: Second Panel. Force majeure: use and abuse

(i) Fortuitous events, force majeure, factum principis

(ii) The ius variandi of the State in public contracts 

17.00 to 17.15: Coffee break

17.15 to 18.45: Third Panel. Hardship: the defence of last resort?

Hardship (UNIDROIT), Rebus sic stantibus (Spain), fundamental alteration  of the basis of the transaction (Germany), frustration (United Kingdom), supervening hardship (Italy), imprévision (France), impossibility or impracticability (USA) and equivalent terms in legal systems in Latin America

21:00: Reception and Gala Dinner

           Dress code: cocktail attire


Tuesday 20 June 2017

09.30 to 11.00: Fourth Panel. Interpretation of national laws and international treaties: Identical criteria or  separate worlds?

11.00 to 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 to 13.00 h: Fifth Panel. The effects of corruption on contracts in arbitration

(i) International Conventions for the prevention of corruption  

(ii) What should be the applicable law to determine the existence of corruption?  

(iii) Is the contract valid?  

(iv) What actions does the corrupted party have?

(v) What should be the standard of proof?  

(vi) Does the arbitral tribunal have an obligation to initiate an investigation?  

(vii) Does the arbitral tribunal have an obligation to report the facts?  

(viii) How does the confidentiality of arbitration play?

13.00 to 14.00: General Assembly of the Club Español del Arbitraje (for CEA members only)

14.15: Lunch (Intercontinental Madrid Hotel. Paseo de la Castellana, 49)

16:15 to 19:15: 1st ADR Dialogues

19:15 to 19:30: Closing Ceremony