It is still some way to go until we achieve equal representation of women in top positions. But why is this so hard? Together with the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and the Austrian Arbitration Association (Arb|Aut), we are pleased to invite you to a highly topical panel on gender diversity at the management level – and the wide gap between rhetoric and reality.

Mariana Kühnel (Deputy Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber) will hold welcome remarks. Following a key note delivered by Daniela Bankier (former Head of Gender Equality and current Head of Programme and Financial Management, European Commission Directorate-General for Justice) and an introduction by Lisa Beisteiner (YAAP), a high-caliber panel comprising Paul Oberhammer (University of Vienna – Dean of the Faculty of Law), Heike Mensi-Klarbach (WU – Department for Gender and Diversity in Organizations), Herbert Cordt (RHI Magnesita - Chairman of the Board), Melanie Eckl-Kerber (Federation of Austrian Industries - Dep. Education  & Society), Maria Pernegger (MediaAffairs - managing director)and Günther J. Horvath (President VIAC; Attorney - Partner em. at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) will explore why we do not seem to be gaining more momentum and what can be done about that. Moderator Judith Knieper (UNCITRAL - Legal Officer and Gender Focal Point) will steer the discussion towards specific conclusions and action points. Join us for an interesting debate as well as a drinks and snacks-reception. Elisabeth Vanas-Metzler (VIAC) will guide us through the event.

Date: Monday, 9 September 2019, 5 pm (with coffee starting from 4.30 pm) until 7.15 (followed by a drinks & snacks reception)
Venue: Vienna, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, Saal 6
Costs: This event is free of charge.
Registration: Please send your registration to
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The programme can be found here. The event will be held in German. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! 



 Celebrating its first anniversary, the IBA-VIAC Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition (CDRC Vienna) was this year held for the fifth time from 6th to 10th July 2019. For the fifth time, the collaboration of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and the International Bar Association (IBA) invited students and dispute practitioners from around the world to Vienna to share their knowledge and spend a week mediating and negotiating the Vis Moot Problem. 

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.