Prof. Dr. Jörg Risse, lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, during his presentation
Prof. Dr. Jörg Risse, lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, during his presentation

The event “Conflict management – Preparation and avoidance of arbitration proceedings“ on 12 December 2017 in Belgrade was the sixth annual conference on various aspects of arbitration jointly organised by the IRZ, the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and the German-Serbian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK).

The conference was opened by the German business delegate in Serbia, Martin Knapp, and Dr. Stefan Pürner, IRZ, who welcomed the participants also on behalf of the DIS as co-organiser. The opening was followed by a welcome address by Matthias Schikorski from the German Embassy in Serbia in which he emphasized the importance of arbitration in particular in cross-border business relations.

Prof. Dr. Tibor Varady, former Minister of Justice and author of numerous international publications on arbitration, then spoke on the importance of the arbitration agreement for later dispute resolution.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Risse, LL. M. from the law firm Baker & McKenzie, then gave the presentation “Don’t be afraid of the ‚Dispute Beast‘ – How to assess arbitration risks and opportunities in a structured way and resolve conflicts effectively”

The presentations by these two internationally renowned arbitrators were followed by many questions and intensive discussions. They focused on the methodology for determining the prospects of success in contentious proceedings and on the preparation of the results for the clients. The relationship between lawyer and client in general was also discussed.