The premier institution in CEE/SEE. The Vienna International Arbitral Centre (“VIAC”) is the premier arbitral institution in Central and South-Eastern Europe, and one of the leading institutions globally. Benefiting from Austria’s historic role as a neutral gateway between East and West, VIAC has administered over 1,700 international disputes across all sectors and industries.

VIAC was established as an independent center in 1975 for the resolution of international commercial disputes, through arbitration and mediation. Since 2018, VIAC also administers domestic arbitrations in Austria; and as of 2021, VIAC has implemented a special set of rules for the settlement of investment disputes, bringing its expertise and flexibility to the effective resolution of disputes between states and state-owned entities and investors.

Modern, cost-effective and flexible. With its arbitration and mediation rules, VIAC offers a modern framework to resolve disputes. The Vienna Rules place a premium on flexible and cost-effective proceedings that incentivize arbitrators to provide high-quality and expeditious decision-making, while providing the parties with the assurance of tried-and-tested regulations and a highly-experienced and independent Board to safeguard the fairness of the arbitral process.

Thought leadership. VIAC plays an important role in defining, evolving and implementing best practices in all areas of arbitration, in the region and beyond. Engaged in a constant exchange with practitioners, commercial users and academics, VIAC is at the forefront of arbitral practice, including through its industry-leading commitment to diversity and the promotion of innovative and greener case management solutions.

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.



For its newsletter no 18 Ema Vidak Gojković interviewed VIAC’s (then) Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf. Please click here for the full interview.


Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution - 2nd Edition

The 2nd edition of „Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution” can be downloaded here.


The preface written by Catherine Kessedjian describes its content perfectly:

"The book you have in your hands is the result of the tireless determination of the two founders of Arbitral Women, Louise Barrington and Mirèze Philippe, to promote active women in the field of dispute resolution; irrespective of their age, the country in which they practice, their specialty and more generally the angle from which they approach this activity.

This book is a tribute to those who were pioneers, but also those who more recently have embarked on the difficult path of highly competitive and coveted arbitration activities.

The choice to let each participant speak for herself highlights personal characteristics outside the law, which is a welcome element in a world that pays so much attention to what is now known as “soft skills”. Finally, this book demonstrates once again the power of images, so fundamental in our world. I encourage readers to look at this unique book through images only (a bit like a “flip book”), so that a beautiful story is told that words alone cannot tell."

We are very proud that our Secretary General, Alice Fremuth-Wolf, was invited to contribute to this publication. 


The year 2020, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex. 


In recognition of the under-representation of women on international arbitral tribunals, members of the arbitration community drew up a pledge (“Equal Representation in Arbitration PLEDGE”) to take action. Alice Fremuth-Wolf is member of the steering committee and took part in the official launch event on 18 May in London. VIAC has already signed the pledge and we would like to encourage you to do the same under You may also join the ERA Pledge LinkedIn Group.

Also, a new feature has been launched on ERA’s webpage. Interested parties may now ask for names of female arbitrators, that fulfil certain required qualifications and will be provided with a list of potential candidates.

If you want to know more about the search for female arbitrators you may find a detailed article on


Internationaler Beirat

International Advisory Board

Der Internationale Beirat besteht derzeit aus 30 renommierten internationalen Schiedsexperten, die dem Präsidium beratend zur Seite stehen.

The International Advisory Board currently consists of thirty international arbitration experts from all around the world who assist the Board in an advisory capacity.



Dr. Diana AKIKOL




Prof. Dr. SC. Davor Adrian BABIĆ

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander J. BĚLOHLÁVEK

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Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter BERGER, LL.M.



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Dr. Jalal EL AHDAB

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Dr. Manfred HEIDER

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Dr. Zhao JIAN

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Prof. Dr. Veronika E. KOROM

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Prof. Dr. Richard KREINDLER


Prof. Dr. Stefan KRÖLL, LL.M.


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Dr. Michael J. MOSER

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Prof. Dr. Vladimir PAVIĆ, LL.M.



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Prof. Catherine A. ROGERS


Prof. Dr. Maxi SCHERER, LL.M.


Dr. Dorothee SCHRAMM

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Prof. Hi-Taek SHIN

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Mag. Dr. Herfried WÖSS, LL.M.

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