The documentary The Quiet Triumph – How Arbitration changed the world, a film portraying the role of arbitration in world affairs. The film premiered during the celebration of the SCC Centennial. Nearly 700 guests from around the world gathered at Stockholm’s Rigoletto theatre to see the film.

The success of international arbitration is generally only understood by the actors working within it and now is the time to make an unknown story known. For many centuries, international arbitration has played an important role in enabling peaceful and constructive relationships among states. By enabling common rules and peaceful dispute resolution, arbitration has been an important building block in the growth of international trade and economic development. As expressed by Alexander Komarov in the film:

“The world is a small village. And that’s why we have to be helpful to each other. The idea is that everybody on the globe could have equal opportunities; and not only opportunities, but real benefits from international trade.”

The documentary film The Quite Triumph tells the story of international arbitration, with events in Sweden in the foreground. It features interviews with central players who experienced the ground-breaking developments first hand, and whose skills and integrity contributed to making the world a better place.

“Professor Tang Houzhi, Judge Howard Holtzmann and Professor Sergei Lebedev; they were giants, they were very important for the development of international arbitration. And they were also very important for the development of Sweden as a forum for international arbitration”, Ulf Franke comments in one of the interviews featured in the film.

In 2003, Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden presented the Royal Order of the Polar star to Professor Tang Houzhi, Professor Sergei N Lebedev, and Judge Howard M Holtzmann, in appreciation of his outstanding achievements in international arbitration. These events are portrayed in the film.

Read more about the film and premiere here

Watch the teaser #1 

Watch the teaser #2 

With contributions by:


Jessica Fei, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, former legal counsel, CIETAC

Prof. Tang Houzhi, former Vice Chairman, CIETAC

Yu Jianlong, Vice Chairman, CIETAC; former Secretary General, CIETAC

Dai Wen, Associate, Mannheimer Swartling; former legal counsel, CIETAC


Prof. Alexander Komarov, former President, ICAC at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation; former Vice President, ICCA

Prof. Sergei Lebedev (1934 – 2016), former President, MAC at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation; former Vice President, ICCA


Gerald Aksen, independent arbitrator, former General Counsel, American Arbitration Association

Robert Coulson, former President, American Arbitration Association

Richard Naimark, Senior Vice President, American Arbitration Association

David W. Rivkin, President, International Bar Association; Vice Chairman, SCC; Co-Chair, International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Stephen M. Schwebel, independent arbitrator, former President, International Court of Justice

Gretta Walters, Associate, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, former legal counsel, SCC


Ulf Franke, former Chairman, SCC, former Secretary General, SCC

Johan Gernandt, Consultant, Vinge; former Chairman, SCC

Lars Göthlin, former legal counsel, SCC; former General Counsel, Bofors AB and Nobel Industries

Prof. Kaj Hobér, Chairman, SCC

Nina Lagergren, wife of Gunnar Lagergren (1912-2008)

ABOUT: Martin Borgs, Director of Quiet Triumph

Since his debut 1200 miljarder (1200 Billions), Martin has produced eight documentaries. Among those Overdose—The Next Financial Crisis, an award-winning documentary that has been broadcasted in over 50 countries and attracted more than 3.5 million views on YouTube.

His latest production Någon annan betalar (Somebody Else Pays) broke the Swedish record for crowdfunding of a movie, and instantly became a YouTube-hit.

Martin serves as a member of the board of the The Swedish Arts Council since 2011.

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