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VIAC, the premier international arbitration institution
in Central and Eastern Europe.

Representing one of Europe’s leading arbitral institutions, VIAC serves as a focal point for the settlement of commercial disputes in the regional and international community. The VIAC was founded in 1975 as a permanent arbitral institution of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (“AFEC”) and has since then enjoyed a steadily increasing caseload from a diverse range of parties spanning Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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CIMAC and VIAC sign cooperation agreement

On 19 October 2018, the GAR Live Vienna Conference took place in the Sky Lounge of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (“WKÖ”) for the second time. This event provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate the existing friendship and planned cooperation between the Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre ("CIMAC") and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre ("VIAC") in a festive setting and to sign a cooperation agreement.

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Once again, VIAC wants to thank CIMAC’s Secretary General, Mr. Hicham Zegrary for the sincere interest and is looking forward to a great future cooperation.

Long-standing cooperation between CIETAC and VIAC reaches a new level

Vienna chosen as the seat for the CIETAC European Arbitration Centre

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VIAC President Dr. Günther Horvath welcomed the CIETAC European Arbitration Centre in Vienna in its Opening Ceremony held at the Palais Hansen Kempinski on September 28, 2018. The Opening Ceremony was celebrated also by Dr. Lu Pengqi (Vice Chairman CCPIT and Vice Chairman CIETAC), His Excellency Ambassador Li Xiaosi (Ambassador, Chinese Embassy in Austria) and Dr. Zhao Jian (Vice President of CIETAC Arbitration Court). It was followed by “The Belt and Road & Arbitration Forum” and by a visit of the CIETAC/CCPIT delegation at the VIAC offices. CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission) was established in 1956 by CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade).

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New VIAC Rules of Arbitration and Mediation 2018

A new version of the VIAC Rules of Arbitration and Mediation will enter into force on 1 January 2018 (“Vienna Rules and Vienna Mediation Rules 2018“).
Vienna Rules 2018 The Rules will apply to all proceedings that commence after 31 December 2017. The most important novelty: VIAC will also administer purely domestic cases in the future. Moreover, the new Rules will introduce some other innovative new features. For an overview of the most significant changes of the Rules of Arbitration and the Rules of Mediation please follow this link.

VIAC received the “GAR Guide to Regional Arbitration award for arbitral institution that impressed”

GAR’s reasoning for granting this award to VIAC: The institution had a year of change and innovation in 2017, with new rules, a new secretary general and its first GAR Live event. It also started publishing the names of arbitrators on its tribunals, including an all-female panel. The awards ceremony took place in Paris on Thursday, 12 April 2018. We are so happy, proud and honored about this acknowledgement for VIAC’s achievements in the world of international arbitration.

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VIAC and EDRC announce close Cooperation in Dispute Resolution

A memorandum of understanding was concluded between the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre (EDRC) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). The Energy Community is based on a legally-binding international treaty bringing together the European Union and its neighbours. (Find more information about EDRC: https://www.energy-community.org/)

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As of today, the two institutions will enter into close cooperation, aimed at linking the mediation and negotiation services offered by EDRC with the mediation and arbitration services offered by VIAC, exchange of know-how, expertize and best practices, as well as joint organisation of events. These will further promote Vienna as the national and regional dispute resolution hub, in particular for energy-related disputes.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Günther Horvath, the president of VIAC, and Dirk Buschle, the chair of EDRC.

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VIAC publishes names of Arbitrators sitting in VIAC-cases

Following the call for more transparency in the appointment process of institutional arbitration, VIAC has decided to publish the names of arbitrators acting in current proceedings: Under the header "VIAC Arbitral Tribunals"  you will find the names of all arbitrators acting in VIAC cases where the file has already been transferred to the arbitral tribunal and which were still pending on 1 January 2017 or were filed after this date.

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"ERA - Equal Representation in Arbitration PLEDGE"

ArbitralWomen is an international network of women in dispute resolution, and a non-governmental organisation bringing together women practitioners active in this field. The group that origins in 1993 today is a thousand strong with members from all continents and more than 40 countries. It focusses on promoting women in dispute resolution through events, social gatherings, mentoring, and sponsoring to assist women law students to participate in moot courts.

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