25. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

The traditional gathering of world experts in the field of arbitration will take place in Belgrade again this April. On 4 April 2014 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law will host the sixth Belgrade Arbitration Conference, one of the trademark events of this law school with an ever increasing number of participants. The topics to be discussed this year revolve around two defining factors of efficiency of arbitration proceedings – arbitrators’ powers and party autonomy.

The chair of the first panel, the one dedicated to the issues of arbitrators’ powers, will be Dr. Christoph Liebscher, attorney-at-law with the Viennese law firm Wolf Theiss. This panel will deal with the questions of the role and powers of emergency arbitrators (presentation will be given by Mr. Thierry Augsburger, attorney-at-law with Schellenberg Wittmer in Geneva), the power of arbitrators to apply mandatory rules (presentation will be given by Mr. Alfred Siwy, attorney-at-law with Schoenherr in Vienna), the role and powers of the arbitral tribunal in respect of misconduct by parties and counsel (presentation will be given by Dr. Tilman Niedermaier, attorney-at-law with CMS Hasche Sigle in Munich), the power of the arbitral tribunal to freeze the assets of a party (presentation will be given by Mr. Axel Benjamin Herzberg, attorney-at-law and founder of Herzberg Legal in Berlin) and arbitrators’ powers in taking of evidence (presentation will be given by Mr. Milan Lazić, attorney-at-law with Karanović-Nikolić in Belgrade).

The second panel will focus on the issues of party autonomy and it will be chaired by Professor Ronald Brand of University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The questions that will be discussed within the second panel are: party autonomy and consent to arbitration (presentation will be given by Dr. Sarah Ganz, attorney-at-law with Wilmer Hale in London), two recent decisions of German courts on the questions of party autonomy (presentation will be given by Mr. Georg Scherpf, attorney-at-law with Luther Rechtsanwaelte in Hamburg), limitations to party autonomy in arbitration agreements (presentation will be given by Ms. Gaëlle Filhol, attorney-at-law with White & Case in Paris), party autonomy in choosing the applicable substantive law (presentation will be given by Mr. Derek Soller, attorney-at-law with Baker & McKenzie in New York) and limits to party autonomy during the arbitral proceedings (presentation will be given by Mr. Simon Greenberg, attorney-at-law with Clifford Chance in Paris).

The panel discussion will be preceded by Dr. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz’s from Gessel law firm based in Warsaw presentation on “Arbitral Women…Arbitral Man… Arbitral People” and followed by a key note speech by Dr. Maxi Scherer of Wilmer Hale London on ”Аrbitration in energy disputes”.

The organization of the conference has been supported by German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), GIZ Regional Open Fund for South East Europe, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and Serbian Arbitration Association. The Conference is sponsored by the following renowned law firms in the field of arbitration: WilmerHale, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Moravčević, Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr and Karanović-Nikolić, and endorsed by UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, School of International Arbitration of Queen Mary University of London and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

03. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

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 »

05. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

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).

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10. April 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

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 »

01. May 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

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 »

24. April 2009 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

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 »