CIS Arbitration Forum Conducts Intensive Training for Arbitration Lawyers in Minsk

On 26-29 June the CIS Arbitration Forum, in cooperation with partner organisations, launched an intensive training session for practising lawyers in Minsk, Belarus. A group of lawyers from major Belarusian companies and leading Belarusian law firms attended the training. At the core of the training was a real arbitration dispute which instructors used to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to arbitration.

During the intensive training a team of seven instructors addressed the most troublesome issues of all stages of international arbitration procedure. The instructors included academics and practitioners from Belarus, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Latvia and Kazakhstan. The training participants had a chance to gain not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills on the basis of the facts and documents of a real case recently considered by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Yaraslau Kryvoi and Alexey Anischenko kicked off the training with a lively discussion of various situations in which arbitration of disputes can be a good idea and when it may be better to use domestic litigation. The participants then had to draft their own arbitration clauses which instructors discussed and provided with detailed feedback.

On the next day Alexandr Danilevich and Yaraslau Kryvoi explained the procedure of submitting requests for arbitration and various considerations which need to be taken into account in the process of arbitrator appointment. The participants then had to put their knowledge into practice by drafting an arbitration request. In the following section, Alexey Anischenko and Olena Perepelynska explained how to collect and present evidence for arbitral proceedings.

On the final day of the training, Dmitry Davydenko, Inga Kachevska and Alexandr Korobeinikov shared their insights into procedures for challenging arbitral awards in domestic courts and issues of enforcement. They paid particular attention to the situation in Latvia, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

The participants gave very positive feedback. They particularly appreciated the chance to better understand the risks of various defective arbitration clauses, to learn effective mechanisms of challenging arbitrators and how to make use of Redfern schedules. They also appreciated the opportunity to practise cross-examination and discuss the pros and cons of various arbitrator candidates.

The main training organisers were the CIS Arbitration Forum, Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus), University of West London (London, United Kingdom), Institute of Private International and Comparative Law (Moscow, Russia), Sorainen (Pan-Baltic international law firm), Danilevich Law Office (Minsk law firm) and Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners (Moscow law firm). Belarusian company “Interstudy” was in charge of the training’s logistics.

Darya Firsava

Darya Firsava is an associate at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and a PhD candidate at the Belarusian State University.

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