Anne-Kristin Piplica, German Embassy; Patryk Kulig, DIS; Dr. Stefan Pürner, IRZ
Anne-Kristin Piplica, German Embassy; Patryk Kulig, DIS; Dr. Stefan Pürner, IRZ

On 12 December 2019, another practical seminar on arbitration took place in Belgrade. The seminar was organised jointly by the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the German Institute of Arbitration (DIS) and the IRZ.

The seminar was opened by Doris Danilovic from the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Patryk Kulig from the DIS and lawyer Dr. Stefan Pürner from the IRZ. Afterwards, Anne-Kristin Piplica, Head of Economic Affairs at the German Embassy, gave a welcome speech. She also underlined the importance of supporting Germany as a place of arbitration for the German government. She also confirmed that the series of events, which have been taking place for more than five years, creates a powerful synergy effect thanks to the long-term cooperation between the three organisers.

The speeches were given by:

  • Patryk Kulig: “Efficient case management and the early closure of arbitration proceedings – advantages and/or disadvantages”
  • Prof. Dr. Tibor Varady: “The significance of language for the checking of arbitration awards by the court”

As Case Manager and Counsel at the DIS, Patryk Kulig stressed in particular the concept of DIS regulations, according to which the arbitration court can, with the agreement of the parties, give a preliminary assessment of the factual and legal situation in order to encourage consensual dispute resolution.

Prof. Dr. Tibor Varady, a former Minister of Justice of Yugoslavia and a renowned expert on arbitration for many years, presented a lot of practical cases during his lecture, in which the decisions of arbitration courts had been later challenged because they had supposedly violated the written agreements relating to the language of the proceedings.

The cases related in particular to the loss of the right to appeal to the original agreement, if one engages in the communication in a language, without objections, that is very closely related to one’s own native language.

As is usually the case for this series of events, lawyers, company lawyers and other company employees took part in this seminar. This composition of participants in the event helped to ensure that the seminar topics were discussed intensively and were complemented by detailed case examples.