Appropriate conflict resolution in major EPC projects: legal and engineering challenges



Appropriate conflict resolution in major EPC projects: legal and engineering challenges

Context and aim
Disputes arising from EPC projects are usually complex and expensive. The best way to resolve disputes is to avoid their occurrence in the first place by inter alia drafting a clear specification, implementing an effective project management plan and adhering to the project plan together with effective contract management. However, this is not always sufficient and disputes can nonetheless arise. Although this is something where engineers do not feel themselves at ease, their involvement in the resolution is non neglectable. The conference will highlight the role engineers can play in multi-tier dispute resolution procedures (litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation). The following early identification methods will be highlighted: Conflict Avoidance Panels (CAP), Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE), project based Dispute Board (DB) and Evaluative Mediation. Finally, the ICC Dispute Board Rules will be explained with a focus on the role of engineers.


Target Group
This event is intended for consulting engineers, project directors, project managers, construction managers, expert-witnesses, dispute resolution board members, arbitrators, claim managers, in-house legal counsels, lawyers specialized in construction etc. acting on national and international projects involving civil works, infrastructure, industrial plants, equipment, and other endeavors related to engineering, covering the complete project cycle from front-end engineering till commissioning, acceptance and hand-over.


All documentation will be made available in English. 
Q&A: Dutch, French and English.


18:30 - Registration with sandwiches and coffee


19:00 - Welcome
Introduction by prof. Dr. ir. Didier De Buyst, coordinator of the event: “Project uncertainty, project risk and allocation of that risk” (max. 10 minutes)

Interactive lectures chaired by Ms. Vera van Houtte

Each presentation takes approx. 35 minutes incl. debate with other speakers :

  • “Procurement processes and forms which provide co-operation and good faith be-havior” by Mr Luc Imbrechts
  • “Early identification of potential for claim and dealing with it albeit on an interim basis” by Mark Castell
  • “Workable multi-tier dispute resolution procedures” by prof. Dr. Benoît Kohl
  • “The ICC Dispute Board Rules: cost, speed, enforceability, flexibility, degree of control etc.” Dr. Herman Verbist
  • Conclusion by Ms. Vera van Houtte with Q&A by attendees (approx. 30 minutes)

22:00 - adjourn




ORI is partner of this event.

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Datum en tijd

5 juni 2019 om 18u30


Het Ingenieurshuis
Desguinlei 214
2018, Antwerpen


€ 196 for members of ORI

Contact us for the code.


€ 280 for non-members