Field Note on Virtual Proceedings

Call for Submissions by June 30, 2020

As an ADR group focused on technology, the current growth and significance of virtual arbitrations and mediations is of particular importance. As you will have seen, institutions and organizations are publishing a variety of guidelines and hosting seminars to assist ADR users working in this new reality. Indeed, one of our SVAMC-YP members, SeungMin Lee, was an author of the Seoul Protocol on Video Conference in International Arbitration issued in March 2020. We also expect that, by now, many of you are taking part in virtual proceedings as part of your practice.

To bring together our collective views and experiences, SVAMC-YP would like to publish a field note on virtual proceedings and we would like to hear from YOU about any experiences you and your colleagues have had with this evolving area of ADR practice. Have you held a remote mediation? Conducted cross-examination over video? Held a merits hearing in a virtual setting? What worked well versus what didn’t work well? What can we—as practitioners—do to adapt to the emergence of virtual proceedings? What do our client expect in these circumstances? And what predictions do you have for the ADR practice as these types of proceedings become more common? Will this continue when we return to “normal”?

If you have an experience you want to share, please send us a short description of the procedure and your biggest take away from the experience. We are also looking for helpful anecdotes, views, and opinions on how this may change ADR, and any helpful recommendations or techniques you have come across or implemented yourself.

We are aiming to publish the field note this summer and therefore request that all submissions be sent to by no later than Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for consideration.


Submissions should be approximately 250 words. Contributions chosen for publication will be attributed to the author, so please provide your name and the contact details you prefer for distribution. You can also contact us at the above email with any questions about the publication.

Past Events

Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration Conference USA

November 14, 2019

Washington, D.C., USA


For more info:

Save the date!

Opportunities and Perspectives:  How Young Professionals Can and Will Shape ADR

August 29, 2019

Palo Alto, CA, USA

This complimentary event jointly sponsored by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and JAMS will address arbitration and mediation practices, ways to get involved with ADR young professional groups, and strategies for serving as counsel on arbitration and mediation cases. Topics include consideration of court vs. arbitration procedures, including benefits and disadvantages, comparison of mediation and arbitration in the dispute resolution process, review of state and federal ADR statutes and contrast and comparison of the different types of arbitration (commercial, employment, construction, international, etc.) and the rules that apply, review of leading ADR provider rules and processes and a discussion of legal issues addressed by ADR in the technology field.

2nd Annual Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration Conference

June 26, 2019

London, England

SVAMC-YP is proud to support the 2nd Annual Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration Conference. This will future a GAR live debate, alongside a panel discussion in which speakers will explore what lies in the future for the world of international arbitration.

Paris Arbitration Week 2019
International Arbitration in a Not-so-Distant Future: What AI and Blockchain Can Bring to the Field

April 5, 2019

Paris, France

As part of the Paris Arbitration Week 2019, SVAMC-YP participated with Hogan Lovells in roundtable discussion on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Smarts contracts. Diana Bowman, Legal Manager, VINCI Energies and member of the SVAMC-YP Steering Committee took part.

TechArb and ArbTech
Arbitrating technology-related disputes and the use of technology in arbitral proceedings

October 18, 2018

London, England

The LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center young professionals group (SVAMC-YP) and Young Arbitral Women Practitioners (YAWP) are pleased to invite you to their joint “TechArb and ArbTech” event on 18 October 2018 in London.

The conference will take place at Techspace in Shoreditch from 3 pm to 7 pm, followed by drinks. The first panel will discuss issues specific to the arbitration of technology-related disputes. The second panel will focus on the use of technology in the arbitral process and the impact of emerging technologies on arbitration as an industry.

Speakers with hands-on experience of their respective topics will share practical and innovative insights and participants will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion in interactive sessions.

DAA Dutch Arbitration Day 2018

“Technology and Innovation in International Arbitration”

October 18, 2018

The Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Presented by The Dutch Arbitration Association, this program will look at the impact of Artificial Intelligence, e-discovery, document automation, legal design, arbitrator intelligence and more. What lies ahead of us? Will new technologies disrupt or enhance the arbitral process? How can we benefit from technology and innovation to make arbitration more efficient, more transparent and less costly? What are the risks and challenges for arbitrators, practitioners and institutes?

July, 2018

Paris, France

SVAMC-YP, in partnership with the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA YIAG), is hosting an event in Paris.

May 2, 2018

San Francisco, CA

ICC YAF: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation
The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) is organizing a complimentary breakfast panel to discuss the powerful role of mediation as an (underutilized) dispute settlement tool. Issues to be discussed include step-clauses, choosing mediators, differences between mediation and arbitration, and the advantages and disadvantages of mediation compared to arbitration.

The ICC YAF Conference will be an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and international dispute settlement, and to enrich their network in the region.

April 10, 2018

Cambridge, MA
12pm – 1:15pm (lunch provided)

Join SVAMC-YP at Harvard Law School, for a lunchtime panel discussion of leaders in the technology and dispute resolution spaces focusing on what the future may hold for emerging technologies and dispute resolution.

Moderated by SVAMC-YP Steering Committee Member David Earnest.

March 22, 2018

9:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s Young Professionals for a one hour interactive webinar as we explore this question and others that may arise as artificial intelligence becomes integrated in the practice of international arbitration. Webinar host: Amy Endicott.

March 14, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by ICCA The event featured SVAMC-YP Steering Committee member Amy Endicott and SVAMC Tech List Appointees Maria Chedid and Gary Benton. Developing an International Arbitration Practice in California

March 6, 2018

Washington DC

SABA-DC, Georgetown University Law Center’s SALSA, and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center Young Professionals have assembled a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss some of those challenges and opportunities on Cryptocurrency’s Legal Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges that Cryptocurrency and Block-Chain Technology Create for Criminal Enforcement.