Second "Swiss Chalet Debate"
Tuesday, 24 May 2016

ICRD Young International



The CIDS co-organized the second "Swiss Chalet Debate" with the International Center for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I) following the traditional coffee-house debat format. The discussion focused on two different topics:

  • "Early Case Assessment: Blessing or Curse?"
  • "Loser Pays: What About the Success Fees?"

 In the first part of the debate, participants discussed whether an arbitral tribunal should be required to provide the parties with a preliminary case assessment, be it orally or in writing, after the first round of briefs. Supporters of such requirement sustained that it would increase the cost-efficiency and predictability of the process.

The second proposition put forward was that arbitral tribunals should award success fees increasingly agreed between counsels and their clients under alternative fee arrangements.


  • Anna Kozmenko, Schellenberg Wittmer                               
  • Catherine Kunz, Lalive
  • Sergei Usoskin, Double Bridge Law
  • Katie von der Weid, Sidley Austin


  • William "Rusty" Park, Boston University
  • Melissa Magliana, Homburger


The event was sponsored by the law firms LaliveSchellenberg Wittmer and Sidley Austin.              


Second "Swiss Chalet Debate"