Conferences and seminars

Third-party funding in arbitration – a debate


On 12 October 2012 in Warsaw, Center for Amicable Dispute Resolution at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw held an English-language debate “Third-party funding in arbitration”.

The subject of the debate is third-party funding in arbitration, a problem of growing importance in the field of international arbitral practice. Huge costs of arbitration proceedings cause the parties (mostly claimants) to seek outside sources of funding. It raises questions regarding the character of the agreements with third-party funders, their disclosure, lawyer’s participation and finally, costs recovery. Two panels, regarding respectively commercial and investment arbitration, introduced the most important issues concerning the third-party funding.

Justyna Szpara, managing partner of Łaszczuk & Partners, was a panelist in the first panel on commercial arbitration.

In the debate participated also: Andrzej W. Wiśniewski, Ph.D., University of Warsaw (moderator); Wojciech Kozłowski, Salans; Marek Jeżewski, Ph.D., Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Kochański & Partnerzy; Rudolf Ostrihansky, Ph.D., University of Warsaw (moderator); Christina Schuetz, Clifford Chance; Bartosz Krużewski, Clifford Chance; Katarzyna Michałowska, Ph.D., University of Warsaw, SKS and Małgorzata Surdek, CMS Cameron McKenna.