The 3rd GAR Live Vienna took place on Friday, 18 October 2019 at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

The conference, which attracted over 150 delegates, was co-chaired by Stefan Riegler, head of arbitration at Wolf Theiss and a board-member of the Austrian Arbitration Association; VIAC Secretary General Alice Fremuth-Wolf; and Eliane Fischer of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, member of Advisory Board of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP). 

The day opened with a session moderated by Eliane Fischer on the topic "The effect of sanctions on arbitration" including contributions from Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira of AZHA Avocats, Jann Siefken of ams AG, Andrey Panov of Norton Rose Fulbright, Aasiyah Patel of International Chamber of Commerce and Delphine Wietek, Independent Expert. 

Session 2 "The GAR Live Inquisition - are international arbitration counsel at home in big law firms and arbitrators in boutiques?" repeated a hearing of a US Senate Committee with a number of witnesses being  "grilled" by a panel of GAR live Inquisitors.

Our Inquisitors were Sarah Grimmer of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Martin Platte of Platte and Judith Sawang of Wendelstein. Witnesses were Daniel Busse of Busse Disputes, Rikard Wikström-Hermansen of Roschier and Galina Zukova of Bélot Malan & Associés. 

In the afternoon, the Q&A session focused on due process paranoia and corruption. The esteemed panel consisted of Nicole Dolenz of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and José Feris of Squire Patton Boggs, who discussed questions submitted by the audience in advance, moderated by Alice Fremuth-Wolf.

The final session took the form of a debate on the motion "This house believes that the Prague Rules are a waste of time."

Stefan Riegler moderated the battle, with Alexey Anischenko of Sorainen and Michelle Bock of WilmerHale arguing against the motion while Eléonore Caroit of LALIVE and Nicholas Peacock of Herbert Smith Freehills were defending it. The panel of judges was made up of Christian Aschauer, Independent Arbitrator, Anne-Karin Grill of Vavrovsky Heine Marthe and Francesca Salerno of Legance. Ultimately, the audience decided not to give leave to the motion. 

The day closed with a perfect ending, the keynote address by Vladimir Pavic of the University of Belgrade on “MONEY - when it should matter more and when it should matter less”.

Following the closing remarks, all delegates were invited to a cocktail reception with a marvelous view from the roof-top of the Christoph-Leitl-Lounge in the premises of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and VIAC.

For further impressions please view the GAR website where a detailed report and look-back will be published soon.

Foto 1On the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, CIETAC organized the "Belt and Road Arbitration Institutions Roundtable Forum" with the world's leading arbitration institutions on 7 November 2019 in Beijing.

The third Freshfields Women's event in collaboration with the ERA Pledge took place the morning after GAR Live Vienna, in the surroundings of the 25hours Hotel rooftop terrace.

On 18 June 2019, the Council for the Development of the Arbitration Process of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation recommended granting VIAC the status of a PAI (“permanent arbitration institution”) under Russia’s Federal Law on Arbitration dated 29 December 2015. As of 11 July 2019, VIAC is now officially included in the list of foreign arbitral institutions recognized as a PAI (as per order No. 845-r issued on 4 July 2019). We are the first European arbitral institution to have received a government permit. This registration is crucial in order to ensure enforcement of VIAC awards also in the future in the Russian Federation.  

Well-known arbitration and mediation practitioners have authored this new guide and commentated on the new Vienna Rules and the new Vienna Mediation Rules 2018, which came into effect on 1 January 2018. This guide provides a helpful and easily comprehensible overview over proceedings administered by the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC). Designed for practitioners, the guide reproduces each article entirely and provides detailed comments and background information on the amendments.