International Commercial Arbitration
Petr Bříza, Ph.D., is a partner of the Czech law firm Bříza & Trubač and a senior lecturer at the Charles University Faculty of Law (Commercial Law Department). Petr specialises in international business law, EU law, and cross-border litigation/arbitration. He also regularly lectures and publishes thereon, both in the Czech Republic and abroad (e.g., he co-authored a leading commentary on the Czech PILA or authored book Choice of Law and Choice of Court in International Trade). He has served as an arbitrator in almost 60 cases and, as an attorney, he has represented his clients before various prestigious arbitration institutions (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, DIS, etc.). He is a member of the Commission for European Law of the Czech Government Legislative Council and the Czech Bar Association's advisory sections for arbitration, EU law and international law. Since 2020 he is a member of the board of the Arbitration Court Attached to the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic. He is a graduate from the Charles University Faculty of Law and the NYU School of Law.
René Cienciala, Dr. jur., is a head of international desk of the Czech law firm Urban & Hejduk and a secretary of the Arbitration Commission at ICC Czech Republic. He has nearly 10 years of previous experience in a top Czech law firm. He has already been involved in dozens of high profile and complex cases. He regularly represents clients in court litigations and commercial arbitrations – both domestic and international (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, VIAC, etc.). He also specialises in sports law and has extensive experience with international sports arbitration (CAS), international disciplinary proceedings (UEFA), or as an arbitrator at the Czech Football Association. Last but not least, René focuses on the protection of foreign investments and has experience with representing investors against the state in investment arbitration (ICSID). In addition, he is active in various professional associations (YCAP – Young Czech Arbitration Professionals, ICC YAF, YIAG, or Young ICCA). René is alumnus of the Charles University in Prague and holds the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS).
International Commercial Contracts
Joanna Lam, Ph.D., Dr. jur. habil., is professor mso and Director of Study Hub for International Economic Law and Development (SHIELD) at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She is also attorney-at law. She specializes in international business law and arbitration. Lam graduated from Harvard Law School and University of Warsaw (summa cum laude), and holds doctoral and habilitation degrees in legal studies. A former Fulbright Fellow, she was a visiting scholar at, inter alia, Harvard Law School; UNIDROIT; and University of California, Berkeley. Lam’s research has been supported, among others, by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science; Harvard Law School; Carlsberg Foundation; and Dreyer Foundation. Her works were published by, e.g. Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Journal of International Economic Law. Lam also collaborated as an expert and consultant with such institutions as Asia Foreign Direct Investment Forum (Hong Kong); Lewiatan Court of Arbitration (Warsaw) and Ernst & Young.
Mediation in Commercial Disputes
Ewa Gmurzyńska, Ph.D., Dr. jur. habil., is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. She obtained her Ph.D. and habilitation degrees at the University of Warsaw and master degree (LL.M) at the University of Florida. Since 1998 she is the Director of the Center for American Law Studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. Ewa Gmurzyńska teaches mediation in legal disputes, mediation advocacy and introduction to US Law. She is the director of the Mediation Clinic and LL.M program in negotiation, mediation and other ADR methods at the University of Warsaw. She has served as a mediator in civil, commercial and academic disputes, and is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Center for Conflict and Dispute Resolutions. Her international experience includes teaching at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, University of Helsinki and Bergen University. Since 2016 she also teaches regularly as an adjunct professor at Emory School of Law and Georgia State University College of Law. She is an author of many articles and publications in the field of mediation and conflict resolution.
Sustainable Governmental Contracts
Marta Andhov, Ph.D. is an associate professor in public procurement law at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law. Her main research interests focus on sustainability and governmental contracts. She is a co-host of the Bestek Public Procurement Podcast, and a steering committee member of the Horizon 2020 project the Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems (SAPIENS). In the past, Marta has provided her insight and expertise to key research projects for the European Commission, Danish Institute for Human Rights and multiple organizations and national procurement agencies. She is a renown authority in sustainable public procurement with a vast publication list in leading journals and publishing houses.
Her 2019 co-edited book, Cost and EU Public Procurement Law – Life-Cycle Costing for Sustainability, contributes to developing life-cycle criteria tools and public procurement methodologies in the EU. It includes both sector-crossing contributions, analyzing the most relevant theoretical and legal aspects such as EU law and contract theory, and sector-specific contributions to some of the most important sustainable goods and services markets.
EU Competition Law
Paweł Marcisz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the European Law Department at the University of Warsaw. He also collaborates with University of Copenhagen as an external researcher at the Study Hub for International Economic Law and Development (SHIELD). He has established experience in teaching EU law in general, and EU competition law in particular, to university students and advocate trainees. Paweł Marcisz is also an attorney, practicing in the fields of civil and administrative litigation, EU law, and competition law. He has advised clients on various matters regarding competition law, including compliance of agreements, terms and conditions, discount systems, proceedings before the competition authorities, and litigation regarding infringements of competition law. He is an of counsel in the Łaszczuk & Partners law firm in Warsaw. Marcisz was a laureate of the Rising Star accolade, awarded by the journal Gazeta Prawna and the publishing house LexisNexis Polska. He served as arbitrator in proceedings at the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce, as well as Court of Arbitration at the Confederation of Lewiatan.
Global Carbon Market and Emission Trading Systems: Investment Perspective
Wen Xiang, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. His research and professional interests focus on sustainable investment practice and risk management. In particular, in recent years he has worked on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues of China’s outward investments along with the Belt and Road Initiative. Xiang has taught at, inter alia, Harvard Kennedy School, Tsinghua University Law School, Renmin University of China Law School, Sino-Danish Center and University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration. He was a visiting scholar at Duke University School of Law and a research fellow at Centre for International Sustainable Development Law in Canada. Xiang has also worked at World Health Organization and European Commission. As a consultant, he has extensive experience of collaborations with private and public sectors in China and Europe. Xiang has attended law schools in China, Europe and the U.S., and received his Ph.D. in Law from University of Ghent.