In many of its partner countries, the IRZ handles the alternative resolution of disputes. In this respect, for many years now it has been organising regular events on arbitration, along with the German Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (AHK), the German-Serbian trade association and the German Institute of Arbitration (DIS).

This year's conference on "Procedures for resolving construction disputes" was held on Thursday 19 November in Belgrade, against the background of a wide variety of building projects that are currently in the planning stage in the Serbian capital.

The event was met with great interest by participants from the legal profession and business. The importance of this topic, particularly with respect to the current situation in Serbia, was emphasised by the Head of Economic Affairs at the German Embassy, Gabriele Bennemann, in her welcoming speech to mark the start of the conference.

Prof. Dr. Tibor Varady, a world-renowned expert on arbitration, and Ruth Mosch, a lawyer who used to work for the DIS, then presented the particularities involved in resolving construction disputes in arbitration proceedings. The speakers underlined, amongst other things, the importance of upstream mechanisms for de-escalating construction disputes due to the necessity for further cooperation between partners.