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

IMG 20180508 093341 WebGAR’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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Newly Signed Agreements of Cooperation with CIETAC and BAC

AUSTRIA CONNECT China 2018 took place from 7th to 10th April 2018 in Beijing on the occasion of the visit of Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen who was accompanied by members of the Austrian government and a large business delegation including the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. During this visit, several significant agreements relating to China and Austria were executed.

CIETAC BAC Agreements
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Vienna Arbitration Days 2018 - a Review


The Vienna Arbitration Days 2018 took again place on 19 and 20 January 2018 in the historic “Palais Niederösterreich” in the heart of Vienna. Around 230 international arbitration practitioners from over 30 countries joined this annual conference. The conference started-off with a captivating keynote speech delivered by Maxi Scherer on the topic “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Dispute Resolution”. Maxi Scherer ‎spoke about how her job – and her students' jobs – might be transformed by artificial intelligence in the years to come, arguing that for some parts of international arbitration "the human factor" will always be needed (Global Arbitration Review as of 19th February 2018).

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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 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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VIAC obtains right to administer also domestic cases

On 17 May the Austrian Parliament passed an amendment of the WKG (BGBl. I Nr. 73/2017 of 19 June 2017), which also included a change to Sec 139 para 2. As of now parties in purely domestic cases are free to choose the arbitration institution that is best fit for their needs within the system of the Economic Chamber (and of course any other arbitral institution). International cases remain to be administered by VIAC only. Thus, in case parties opt for VIAC and the Vienna Rules also for a purely domestic dispute, VIAC may administer the dispute and does not have to refer the case to the regional arbitration centre of the competent regional economic chamber.

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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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