On 1 and 2 March, 2018, Andreas Ueltzhöffer and Philipp Chizzola accepted an invitation from ICC Germany to visit the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. Andreas is a member of ICC Germany.
There were old contacts deepened and many new ones were closed. In 2016, between 800 and 900 new arbitration cases were filed with the court. Only in 4 cases were the chairmen of tribunals appointed by the court directly. This is possible under Art. 13 IV a of the Arbitration Rules, if a State is one of the parties.
Andreas Ueltzhöffer was appointed directly from the Court on this basis in 2016. As the head of the office Schaffer & Partner in Prague he was one of the founding members of ICC Czech Republic in the 1990s. In the past, however, he mostly served as an arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations.
Most of the ICC arbitration cases stem from the real estate sector, followed by the energy sector.
A major topic of the conference was how Germany can be made more attractive as place of Arbitration. Still too few parties decide for Germany as a place of Arbitration.
In the future, Philipp Chizzola and Andreas Ueltzhöffer want to significantly expand their activities in the entire field of ADR and seek listings at international arbitration institutions. In many cases concerning the Czech Republic, an arbitrator must speak Czech, know Czech law, but not be a Czech citizen. All these criteria are met by Andreas Ueltzhöffer and other members of the UEPA Team.