Your YAAP February Newsletter

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Dear Members and Friends,

Are you passionate about arbitration and want to share that with your peers? Or: Have you worked on that big case for many months and are now an expert in the particular field more than anyone else? If you have answered at least one question in the affirmative and can summarize your favourite arbitration-related topic in no more than three sentences, let us know: We would be delighted to hear you speak at one of the next YAAP Roundtables. As you know (and as those who chatted with Flavio Peter on tribunal secretaries at the last Roundtable can confirm), this is a rather informal and relaxed format, ideal for testing and challenging yourself and getting inspired by others. Speakers, we look forward to hearing from you!

Meanwhile, we see you at the Vienna Arbitration Days in the beginning of March or at one of the other upcoming events.

Lisa & Filip

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Last Call: Vienna Arbitration Days 2019

For those who have not registered yet: This is the last call for the Vienna Arbitration Days 2019, the leading arbitration event in Austria, co-organized by YAAP: Over the years, the Vienna Arbitration Days have become the leading arbitration conference in Austria. Once again, we welcome participants from numerous jurisdictions around the globe for two days of discussion on leading topics in international arbitration.
The topic of the VAD 2019 is „Sciences and Innovation in Arbitration”. Catherine A. Rogers has confirmed to give the keynote speech. On Friday expert panels will discuss the topics “Perception and Reality: Psychology in Arbitration”, “Mathematics and Economics in Arbitration”, and “Impact of Sciences on Arbitral Proceedings”. On Saturday, participants will have an opportunity to further explore related topics in the well-established World Café format.
Date: 1 - 2 March 2019
Venue: Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna
Costs: Reduced rate for YAAP members
Registration: Please register here.

Upcoming: Dispute Resolution in CIS-Related Business Transactions

The German-Russian Lawyers’ Association (DRJV) and DIS40 are holding a full-day conference on “Dispute Resolution in CIS-Related Business Transactions” (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine). The event is set to take place in Frankfurt, Germany, and will discuss topics such as “CIS related disputes from the Western European perspective”, “Country reports: Recent Developments (case law and reforms)” and “CIS-related disputes: The arbitration institutions’ perspective”. YAAP is proud to be a supporting organisation. This event is not to be missed!

Date: 28 February 2019, all day 
Venue: Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Industrie- und Handelskammer Frankfurt am Main, Plenarsaal, Börsenplatz 4, 60313 Frankfurt
Costs: EUR 160, EUR 110 (for members of DRJV, DIS40, and supporting organisations, such as YAAP), EUR 30 (students & legal trainees)
Registration: Registration form can be found here.

Upcoming: COLUMBIA ARBITRATION DAY (CAD), Columbia Law School

Columbia Arbitration Day (CAD), the Columbia International Arbitration Association's (CIAA) largest annual event, is a premier international arbitration and CLE-accredited conference, bringing together scholars, practitioners, and students from all over the world for an annual discussion on the challenges that drive the international arbitration community. CAD 2019 will be an all-day conference focusing on cutting-edge issues in both commercial and investment arbitration. Marking the 10th anniversary of CAD, this year’s conference theme is "10 Years of CAD: New Ideas, New Concerns." We are proud to be a supporting organization.

Date: 8 March 2019
Venue: Columbia International Arbitration Association, Columbia Law School, Jerome L. Greene Hall, 435 West 116th Street New York, NY 10025
Costs: There is one free ticket reserved for YAAP to be allocated on a first come first served basis. Reduced rate for YAAP-members.
Registration: Please register here.

Upcoming: GAR Live Moscow

The inaugural GAR Live conference in Moscow will be held on 21 March 2019, chaired by Dimitry Dyakin, Steven Finizio and Sophie Lamb. It will feature a keynote delivered by Prof. Mikhail Galperin, and top notch panels on “Theory and practice in Russian shareholder disputes”, The GAR Live Question Time: investor-state disputes; 60 years of the New York Convention: does the system require dramatic change?; The GAR Live Inquisition: Russia and Asia: is the global centre of arbitration moving eastwards? We are proud to be a supporting organization.

Date: 21 March 2019
Venue: Intercontinental, Moscow, Russia
Costs: Reduced rates for YAAP-members
Registration: Please register here.

Upcoming: VIAC/YAAP/Arb|Aut/University of Vienna Master Class

VIAC, Arb|Aut and the University of Vienna, together with YAAP are hosting a series of workshops and seminars for young practitioners: the Vienna Master Class. Tailored for the younger generation breaking into the field of international arbitration, it provides practical insights and hands-on trainings delivered by seasoned practitioners, this time on "effective dispute resolution". All attendees will receive a certificate of participation. Please see more information below:

"Effective Dispute Resolution: From Setting the Stage to Starting the Process Dispute Resolution Clauses and Initial Submissions", by Anne-Karin Grill (Vavrovsky), Elisabeth Vanas-Metzler (VIAC) and Smaranda Miron (Energy Community)

Date: 21 March 2019, 4.00 – 7.15 pm
Venue: Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), Room B4 2, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1045 Vienna
Costs: EUR 150.00 including refreshments
Registration: Please apply to
Save the Date: ICC-YAF-YAAP-Conference, Vienna, 13 April 2019

Save-the-date for this YAAP event co-organized with the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum at the occasion of the VIS Moot. Details follow in our next newsletter.

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019, 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
NEW Venue: Vienna Ballhaus, Berggasse 5, 1090 Vienna (
Costs: This event is free of charge!
Registration: You can register using this link or by sending an e-mail with your contact details (full name, firm/institution, email) to Mrs Denise Schwendenwein at

Review: YAAP Round Table, in Vienna, at Gustl Kocht, 7 February 2019

On 7 February, the first YAAP Round Table in 2019 saw a lively debate on the use (and potential misuse) of tribunal secretaries. It was triggered by a presentation delivered by Flavio Peter, LL.M. of Wenger & Vieli Rechtsanwälte (Zurich), which was both profound and entertaining, peppered with numerous analogies to well-known contemporary fantasy literature. What are the tasks genuinely reserved to the arbitrator? What is “power” in arbitration after all and should arbitral secretaries exercise power at all? When does administration stop and decision-making commence?
The animated debate confirmed that there is still some ground to be covered in aligning theory and practice, and in forging a true consensus on the subject. If you missed the event (or want to ponder further on the interesting topic), please see the attached file (many thanks, Flavio, for sharing the slides!).
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