CLAES LUNDBLAD: This is the last session, as everyone knows, of this conference. Tim Taylor called the slot after lunch the graveyard slot. I wonder what he would call this slot. The heavenly slot probably!
We have had a great many dishes during these two days, and now we have now reached the final stage, the dessert, and we are glad that so many of you have remained to take the dessert. As you know, that is the best part of the meal.
The subject for this session is The Award, and it really falls into two distinct parts: one being the general aspects of arbitral awards, what they are and what they are not, how they can be enforced and how they can be challenged. A number of general issues will be covered in this session.
There are also a number of issues relating to enforcement. We are gratified to have on the panel someone who can tell us about enforcement in Russia, which, as you know, for Swedish arbitral awards, is an important jurisdiction where awards are not infrequently being enforced.
My name is Claes Lundblad. I am a practitioner at Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm. The panel here: the rapporteur, on my left side, is David Sutton, the distinguished barrister of Paris and London. David is an experienced arbitrator and has been a solicitor for many years, has been arguing cases and he writes thick books, one of which you see in front of him, namely Russell on Arbitration, of which he is the current editor.
To my far right, we have Alexander Komarov, who is also a very distinguished jurist. He comes from Russia, and he is the President of the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
Next to me on my right side is Filip de Ly, who is Law Professor at Erasmus University, active in a number of research projects relating to arbitration.