International Commercial Arbitration

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Course description

The course aims to provide practical insights into the world of international commercial arbitration with emphasis on modern trends and developments. A tandem of experienced practitioners will lead participants through the main stages of arbitration procedure from a perspective of both a counsel and an arbitrator. We will go from a pre-dispute phase over the proceedings to a setting aside or enforcement of arbitral award. In particular, we will address interesting topics such as delicate pre-arbitration communication with prospective arbitrators, actual implications of a place (seat) of arbitration selection, or challenging issues of taking of evidence and document production process. We will also discuss about modern and innovative approaches to case management; for example, pitfalls of online (remote) hearings. We will likewise look into the "black box" of tribunal's deliberation. Peculiarities of international sports arbitration or investor-state dispute settlement might be also discussed. The lecturers, who both have experience as counsels and arbitrators, intend to provide mainly practical examples from their day-to-day work in the field of international dispute settlement.

Key Benefits

Upon completion of the course, the participants will:

  • be familiar with international arbitration processes and dynamics;
  • understand all the nuances of sophisticated arbitration clauses;
  • make informed decisions for resolving international disputes;
  • know about recent trends and developments in the field.

Course teacher

Petr Bříza, partner, Bříza & Trubač, and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Charles University 
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René Cienciala, head of international desk, Urban & Hejduk, and Secretary, the Arbitration Commission, ICC Czech Republic
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Participant profile

Lawyers and business professionals, interested in seeing how international dispute settlement works in the real world; primarily focusing on attorneys-at-law, in-house counsel, and managers involved in commercial transactions.


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