Legal Cooperation between Germany and Serbia: Avoidance of Pathological Clauses in Arbitration Agreements

Intense discussions and a lively exchange of experience took place during the seminar "The Drafting of Arbitration Agreements - Opportunities, Consequences and Sources of Error in Practice" on 23 September 2013 in Belgrade. The event was organised by the IRZ in cooperation with the German-Serbian Business Association and the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS).

Presentations were given by Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavic from the Belgrade Faculty of Law and Prof. Dr. Tibor Varady from the Central European University of Budapest. The latter is the author of various publications, amongst them "Language and Translation in Commercial Arbitration" and the co-author of "International Commercial Arbitration: A Transnational Perspective". Furthermore, the Secretary General of the DIS, the lawyer Jens Bredow, took the time to give a presentation at the event.

Due to the vast experience of the speakers and the fortuitous composition of the participants, consisting of lawyers and corporate counsels, many practice-oriented issues could be discussed in detail, ranging from case groups on pathological clauses, advice on how to avoid them and on the financial consequences of different draft contracts.

These expert presentations and discussions continued a series of events kicked off in 2012. As in 2012, there was agreement during the meetings that many issues should be discussed further. Important topics have already been defined for the future. Legal cooperation between Germany and Serbia: Avoidance of Pathological Clauses in Arbitration Agreements.