Conference in Brussels: Current Issues in Arbitration in CIS Countries

The Association for International Arbitration, the CIS Arbitration Forum and a number of co-sponsors are hosting an arbitration conference in Brussels on 21 June 2012. Speakers from various CIS jurisdictions will discuss a range of issues related to arbitration in the region.

The topics include the policy of CIS countries towards arbitration, bribery, Russia-related arbitration and investment disputes at the SCC involving parties from CIS countries. The participants will particularly focus on Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Although the programme has not been finalised yet, the provisional programme of the event is available below.

Arbitration in Commonwealth of Independent States Countries: Current Issues

Thursday 21 June 2012

Brussels, Belgium

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 11.00 General Policy of CIS Countries Towards Arbitration

  • Recommendations to non-CIS parties when choosing arbitration in CIS countries
  • General policy of Russia towards arbitration
  • General policy of Ukraine towards arbitration
  • Arbitration in Kazakhstan as an alternative means of dispute resolution: contemporary status end perspectives of development

Speakers:  Vladimir Khvaley, Roman Zykov, Andrey Astapov, Valery A. Zhakenov

11.00 – 11.30 coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 Specific Issues in Arbitration in CIS Countries (part 1)

  • Arbitrability of corporate and real estate disputes under Russian law
  • Bribery and Russia-related Arbitration

Speakers: Dmitry Davydenko, Yaraslau Kryvoi

13.00 – 14.00 lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Specific Issues in Arbitration in CIS Countries (part 2)

  • Interim measures at the stage of recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards on the territory of Ukraine: practical concerns
  • Enforcement of the arbitral award annulled in the country where it was rendered (experience of Russia)

Speakers: Iegor Sierov, Dilyara Nigmatullina

15.30 – 16.00 coffee break

16.00 – 18.00 Sector-Specific Arbitration

  • Arbitration in the Energy Sector
  • Investment Disputes at the SCC involving parties from CIS countries
  • WTO dispute settlement system and the CIS experience

Speakers: Timur Aitkulov, Natalia Petrik, María J. Pereyra

18.00 – 19.00 Reception

More information about the conference is available on the conference web site.



About the Author:

Prof Yarik Kryvoi, MCIArb is the founder and co-editor of the CIS Arbitration Forum. He is the Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). He holds law degrees from Harvard, Moscow and St Petersburg. He has been teaching and practicing international arbitration in Russia, the United States and England for over ten years and is listed as arbitrator by several arbitration institutions. Prof Kryvoi also served as a Co-Chair of the International Courts Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law. He also serves a tutor at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. See full profile at

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