The Vienna Arbitration Days are the leading arbitration conference in Austria and welcome participants from around the globe for lively discussions on topical issues in international arbitration. Use this opportunity to be updated by renowned experts, to exchange ideas and to meet other arbitration professionals.

The first remote Vienna Arbitration Days 2021 will take place on Friday, 12 February 2021.

This year's topic is “Construction Arbitration: Innovation and Constants”.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Karl Pörnbacher (Hogan Lovells, Munich).

 Visit the conference website for further information and register here. The participation in this online conference is free of charge.

We are delighted to share the news that the European Commission has signed up to the Arbitration Pledge in respect of its trade and investment dispute settlement activities. The Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis confirmed the European Commission's adherence to the Pledge in a letter to the founder and co-chair of the Pledge Global Steering Committee, Sylvia Noury. In its first concrete application of the principles of the Pledge, the European Commission has today launched a recruitment drive intended to attract arbitrators for State-to-State dispute settlement and experts for trade and sustainable development related disputes.

For more information on both the European Commission's commitment to gender diversity and the recruitment process, see here.

We are pleased to report on the latest initiative by the ERA Pledge, the launch of the Pledge Corporate Guidelines on 26 November 2020. The Pledge Corporate Guidelines are a set of guidelines specifically designed for corporates to use to implement the diversity aims of the Pledge. The Pledge Corporate Guidelines can be found on the ERA Pledge website.

The 7th IBA-VIAC Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition Vienna will be held virtually from 10 – 14 July 2021. The Competition will close with the award ceremony on Wednesday, 14 July 2021. 

Balancing speed and quality – while controlling costs – is the central ambition of arbitral institutions. In an interactive discussion Stefano Azzali (CAM), Alice Fremuth-Wolf (VIAC), Annette Magnusson (SCC) and Francesca Mazza (DIS) shared their experiences on how to balance speed and quality in arbitral proceedings administered under their rules.

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.

In an effort to provide clarity and guidance in the wake of Covid-19, several arbitration institutions have decided to issue a joint statement. 

Please view the full text of the joint statement for further details.

CAM, DIS, SCC and VIAC have published a joint video message related to COVID-19. Have a look at the video!