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.