Seminar: Avoiding and solving conflicts in the construction and engineering sector, Wednesday 19 September 2018, The Hague

In 2016, approximately 20 percent of the cases before the ICC International Court of Arbitration were disputes from the construction and engineering sector. Why are there so many construction and engineering cases in ICC Arbitration and ADR? What is the nature of these conflicts?

Contracts in the construction and engineering sector regularly contain multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses, as is the case in the ICC model contracts and the FIDIC suite of contracts. These clauses aim to avoid disputes or to resolve them at an early stage. Disputes that are not settled through the preliminary tiers are often resolved through ICC Arbitration.

During the seminar, the nature of these disputes will be discussed. Secondly, this seminar will provide insight into the dispute avoidance and resolution mechanisms often adopted in the construction and engineering sector, particularly in light of the 2017 update of the FIDIC suite of contracts and the ICC model contracts. Attention will be given to the various preliminary tiers, including decisions of engineers, dispute boards and an amicable settlement period. The seminar will also provide insight into different perspectives on conflicts in construction and engineering projects.

This seminar is meant for CFO's, in-house counsel, contract, project and claim managers who work for project owners, engineers and (sub)contractors, as well as for specialists in the field of construction arbitration and other parties involved in the construction and engineering sector.


Preliminary programme




Welcome and introduction

Characteristics of construction and engineering conflicts in ICC Arbitration and ADR mechanisms
By Mr Alexander Fessas, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services
Multi-tier dispute resolution clauses
By Mr Stan Putter, Counsel at Conway & Partners; and Mr Eric Eggink, Director owner at Mr E.J. Eggink Advies B.V.
Best and worst practices in avoiding and solving conflicts
By Mr Arent van Wassenaer, Founder of The Faithful Goose and writer of 'A practical guide to successful construction projects 
A business vision on complex engineering projects
By Mr Pierrick Le Goff, General Counsel and Executive Committee Member at Alstom
Rijkswaterstaat, a government perspective
By Mr Obbe Wassenaar, Rijkswaterstaat 
Panel discussion
17.30 Drinks
18.30 End of Programme




The Hague Hearing Centre, Anna van Buerenplein 29, 2595 DA The Hague

Fees and conditions

Members ICC Netherlands: EUR 250,- (excl. VAT) per person
Non-Members: EUR 450,- (excl. VAT) per person. If you are not sure whether you are a member, please contact ICC Netherlands at Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.


Registration is required. Please register via the below mentioned registration form. Registration closes Wednesday 12 September 2018; please note that the number of places is limited. Cancellations after Wednesday 5 September 2018 will be charged in full.

Registration form

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