The traditional gathering of world experts in the field of arbitration took place in Belgrade again this April. On 4 April 2014 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law hosted the sixth Belgrade Arbitration Conference, one of the trademark events of this law school with an ever increasing number of participants. The topics discussed this year revolved around two defining factors of efficiency of arbitration proceedings – arbitrators’ powers and party autonomy (see Conference Program).
The opening ceremony begun with the words from the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Sima Avramovic, who reminded the participants of the success of the previous conferences and expressed his satisfaction at the fact that the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law is organizing again such a prestigious event. On behalf of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), an esteemed partner in organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the participants of the conference were welcomed by Ms. Caroline Bechtel, DIS Case Menager, who expressed her satisfaction with the cooperation with the host institution on organization of the Belgrade arbitration conference and Belgrade Open Pre-Moot. She also introduced the DIS services to the Conference participants highlighting its distinctive features. In the name of the traditional partner in the organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, GIZ Open Regional Fund for SEE, Ms. Adela Llatja took the floor and expressed her satisfaction that thecooperation on organization of these arbitration events has been so fruitful over the course of past seven years. Dr. Judith Knieper of UNCITRAL highlighted the role of UNCITRAL in the field of development of arbitration law and introduced the participants with the most recent developments in this area. Finally, Dr. Miroslav Paunovic, President of the Serbian Arbitration Association, expressed his satisfaction that the Serbian Arbitration Association has joined the pool of organizers of this highly important event and informed the participants of the recent developments in the field of arbitration in Serbia.
This March Belgrade has yet again been the center of gathering of numerous renowned experts in the field of international commercial arbitration. Namely, on 15 March 2013 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has hosted the fifth Belgrade Arbitration Conference, an event which has now grown into a tradition. After a very successful outcome of the previous conferences in the past four years and an increasing interest of international professionals in the field, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has co-organized this year’s conference with the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), GIZ Regional Open Fund for SEE and the Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The organization of the conference was generously supported by the numerous law firms: Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Karanović-Nikolić, BDK Attorneys, CMS Belgrade, Wilmer Hale, White & Case, Hogan Lovells. The work of the conference was endorsed by UNCITRAL, Queen Mary School of International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. The conference gathered more than 300 participants from 30 different countries, and eleven esteemed panelists, renowned practitioners and professors from the filed of arbitration law, discussed the theoretic and practical implications of the current issues of international commercial arbitration (see Conference Program). More »
Belgrade has once again, traditionally, gathered numerous renowned names in international commercial arbitration on the occasion of the IV Belgrade Arbitration Conference that took place on 23 March 2012. After a very successful outcome of the previous conferences in the past three years and an increasing interest of international professionals in the field, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has gathered – with a great support from GIZ Regional Open Fund for SEE, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Serbia and Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce – more than 300 participants from all over the world including ten distinguished international experts that served as panelists on topics related to issues of crime and ethics in international arbitration proceedings and regional and national flavor in international commercial arbitration (see Conference Program).
III Belgrade Arbitration Conference was dedicated to new trends and challenges in international commercial arbitration, under the title “International Commercial Arbitration – Trends and Challenges”. This event gathered in Belgrade the most prominent world experts in the field of arbitration law.
The Faculty Conference Hall was too small to receive over 400 lawyers from Serbia, the region and some 20 other countries, including the professors and practitioners from Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, United States of America, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. Therefore, the conference was held in the amphitheater Radomir Lukic. Such a large and diversified audience seems to be one of the best proofs of the importance and relevance of the topic of this year’s Belgrade Arbitration Conference (see Conference Program). More »
II Belgrade Arbitration Conference dealt with the most challenging questions of the application of alternative dispute resolution methods in international business practice. This event was organized under the name of “Belgrade Arbitration Conference – Combining Arbitration and Mediation in International Business Practice”. It brought to Belgrade the most distinguished experts in this field, including the former long-term Secretary of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Dr. Jernej Sekolec.
Over 200 lawyers from Serbia, the region and around 20 other countries registered for this event. Such a great interest for the Conference is perhaps the best proof of the importance of this event and the interest of its topic (See Conference Program). More »
On 27 March 2009 the Belgrade University Faculty of Law hosted the I Belgrade Arbitration Conference, a large international scientific reunion dedicated to commercial arbitration. This event brought to Belgrade the world’s most distinguished experts in the field of international commercial arbitration, including the Secretary of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Mr. Renaud Sorieul.
The Conference attracted over 300 lawyers coming from Serbia, countries in the region and some 20 countries in the world, including the professors and practitioners from New Zealand, South Africa, United States and Mexico. (See Conference Program) More »