Sharing knowledge through dialogue: A Report from the first SCC East-West Forum event

We had a great response to our invitation to the very first SCC East-West Forum with focus on Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Caucasus. Over 220 arbitration experts registered for the event, and a total of nine eminent speakers and panelists shared interesting facts, news and reflections about arbitration in the region. For those of you who missed out, a recording of the event is now available.

Held online on 27 April 2017, the webinar explored arbitral laws and practices in five post-Soviet countries: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The common denominator for parties from these countries, is the tradition to resolve their trade and investment disputes in Stockholm.

The event opened with an exciting keynote on the art of persuasion in international arbitration, delivered by Dmitri Evseev, who gave valuable insights into oral advocacy during an arbitral hearing.
As an overall advice, he quoted Michelangelo: “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there; I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”

The attention-getting opener was followed by a lively panel discussion on particularities of arbitration laws and practices in the focus countries, Ruslan Mirzayev, Olena Perepelynska, Valikhan Shaikenov, Nick Gvinadze, Maxim Kulkov debated the recent developments and specific arbitral news from their home jurisdictions. Under the moderatorship of Ginta Ahrel, the panellists discussed a number of questions, ranging from the arbitrability and local requirements for the arbitration agreement to enforcement of foreign awards.

A live interview on the exciting career topic with Patricia Shaughnessy, conducted by Roman Zykov, wrapped up the event.

“Be authentic, be genuine. Be genuinely interested and curious about learning new things and meeting new people”, is a tip from Patricia for arbitrators seeking to increase their international visibility.

You will find a video recording of the webinar here >>

SCC East-West Forum is our new initiative and meeting space for arbitral specialists who are interested in East-West related dispute resolution. Read more >>here 


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