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The First ‘Russian Arbitration Debate’ in Moscow on 7 April 2016

Арбитражные дебаты_лого (1)The first ‘Russian Arbitration Debate’: an Oxford Debate-style discussion of the key developments in arbitration-related case law in Russia and practical issues Russian parties face in arbitration will be held in Moscow on 7 April 2016.

The list below includes topics of the first debate as well as the proponents and opponents for each debated issue. As dictated by the format of the Oxford Debate the organisers assign the roles for speakers and the positions they argue do not necessarily reflect their views.

Further information about the debate including an illustrative list of cases the participants will discuss (in Russian) is available here.

1. A dispute involving procurement of goods, works or services for public needs or by state-owned companies is not arbitrable

For: Sergey Usoskin (Double Bridge Law), Andrey Zelenin (Lidings).

Against: Elena Trusova (Goltsblat BLP).

2. The court may in certain circumstances review the merits of the case in deciding whether the arbitral award is contrary to public policy.

For: Vasily Anurov (Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSLU)).

Against: Andrey Panov (Norton Rose Fulbright).

3. Are Russian parties, arbitral institutions and courts prepared to deal with emergency arbitrations (conducted within 5-10 days)?

No speakers assigned. Open debate

The debate will be held on 7 April from 4.30 pm at the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialist (17 Kotelnicheskaya Nab., Moscow) in Russian. Participation is free of charge, but places are limited and allocated on ‘first come’ basis. To register please fill in the following form and send it to

The Arbitration Debate will be held every three or four months. A group of Russian arbitration practitioners and academics serve as the organizing committee of the debate which receives general support from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. CIS Arbitration Forum is one of the debates’s partners. Other partners include ICC Russia, Russian Arbitration Association, International Commercial Arbitration Review, Pravo TEK, Treteisky Sud, and

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