GIAC Arbitration Days is the leading arbitration conference in Georgia. Following GIAC’s four successful annual events since 2014, we are pleased to welcome participants from all continets for the Fifth Annual International Arbitration Conference in Tbilisi.

The topic of this year's conference is New Era in Dispute Resolution. During the two-days, panels composed of leading advocates, counsels, experts and arbitrators will discuss distinct topics of international arbitration followed by the Q&A session in an interactive and interesting format.

The Fifth Annual International Arbitration Conference in Tbilisi is organized by the GIAC, and financed by a generous support of the European Union and the United Nations Development Program.

Use this opportunity to be updated on hot arbitration topics, for networking and last but not least, for visiting gorgeous Georgia and tasting wine made according to the oldest wine-tradition in the world.

AGENDA

October 4

 

09:30 – 10:00
Registration / Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:45

Opening Remarks / Welcome Speeches

Nino Chikovani – President of GCCI
Thea Tsulukiani – Minister of Justice of Georgia 
Carl Hartzell – EU Ambassador to Georgia 
Nino Bakakuri – Judge of Supreme Court of Georgia
Irakli Lekvianidze - Business Ombudsman of Georgia
Sophie Tkemaladze – Chair of Georgian Association of Arbitrators

10:45 – 10:55

Business Chooses Arbitration 

David Saganelidze – CEO JSC “Partnership fund”

10:55 – 11:05

Signing Ceremony of the Cooperation Agreement between GIAC and VIAC

11:10 – 12:40
PANEL I - INNOVATIONS: TECHNOLOGY MEETS ARBITRATION

Use of technology in regular arbitration proceedings

Technology for document production

Online dispute resolution

Blockchain technology in arbitration 

12:40 – 13:00
DISCUSSION

13:00 – 14:00
LUNCH

14:00 – 15:25
PANEL II - ACCESS TO ARBITRATION

Diversity in the tribunals 

Diversity in parties 

Diversity in institutions 

15:25 – 15:45
DISCUSSION

15:45 – 16:15
COFFEE BREAK

16:15- 17:40
PANEI III - EVIDENCE TAKING BATTLE: IBA RULES V. PRAGUE RULES - DEBATE STYLE

17:40 – 18:00
DISCUSSION
SUMMARY REMARKS

21:00
AFTER PARTY hosted by BLC 


 

October 5

 

09:00 – 09:30
Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 11:00
PANEL IV - THIRD PARTY FUNDING

Due diligence with Third Party funders

Third Party Funding: frustrating or facilitating dispute resolution

Future of Third Party Funding industry

11:00 – 11:20
DISCUSSION

11:20 – 11:35
COFFEE BREAK 

11:35 – 13:00
PANEL V - OFFERING NEW DISPUTE RESOLUTION HORIZONS FOR BUSINESSES

Efforts of institutions to open horizons

Designing new dispute resolution models - specialized courts

Arbitration in Free Economic Zones

Creation of new Multilateral Fora 

13:15 – 13:30 
GIAC Arbitration Days 2018 CLOSING REMARKS

13:30 – 14:30
LUNCH

14:30 – 17:30

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP FOR BUSINESSES:

- Introduction to DCFTA and Dispute Resolution Terms

- ICDR Y&I-GIAC Workshop on Drafting Effective Arbitration Clause

14:30 – 17:30

CIArb PRACTITIONERS’ WORKSHOP: DEALING WITH ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN ARBITRATION – OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS OF GIAC ARBITRATION DAYS

20:00

GALA DINNER

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

James Bridgeman SC

James Bridgeman SC

President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Dr. Alexander Petsche

Dr. Alexander Petsche

VIAC Board Member, Partner at Baker Mckenzie, Vienna 

Dr. Christian W. Konrad

Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy

Stockholm University, Department of Law

James Bridgeman SC

Thomas Snider

Partner, Head of Arbitration at Al Tamimi & Company, DIFC 

Olena Perepelynska

Olena Perepelynska

Partner, Head of CIS Arbitration Practice at INTEGRITES, Kiev 

Artem Doudko

Artem Doudko

Partner, Head of Russia & CIS Disputes at Osborne Clarke, London 

Joe Tirado

Joe Tirado

Partner, Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR at Garrigues, London 

Sirshar Qureshi

Sirshar Qureshi

Partner, Forensic leader for CEE / CIS at PwC

David Bonifacio

David Bonifacio

Counsel at LALIVE, Geneva 

David Bonifacio

Catherine A. Rogers

Professor of Law at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs; Professor of Ethics, Regulation & the Rule of Law Co-Director of the Institute for Regulation & Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London

Mariia Puchyna

Mariia Puchyna

Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris 

Sirshar Qureshi

Steven P. Finizio

Partner at WilmerHale, London 

Mariia Puchyna

Andrey Panov

Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, Moscow 

Sirshar Qureshi

Sergey Alekhin

Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Paris 

David Bonifacio

Anna Guillard Sazhko

Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Paris 

Mariia Puchyna

Sophie Tkemaladze

Member of the GIAC Arbitration Council

Sirshar Qureshi

Ioannis Alexopoulos

Partner at Signature Litigation, London

David Bonifacio

Levent Sabanogullari

Legal Consel, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague

Mariia Puchyna

Alexander Korsak

Managing Partner at Arzinger Law, Minst Office

Mariia Puchyna

Sarah Vasani

Partner at Addleshaw Goddard, London

Mariia Puchyna

Helene Gogadze

Senior Attorney at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP, Washington DC

FEES

 Fees are generously subsidized by the EU and UNDP

General

$ 150 .00
*Gala Dinner ticket - $60
  • Cancellation
  • Before/on August 25 - 90% of registration fee
  • Before/on September 20 - 50% of registration fee
  • After September 20 - no refund

Public servants / Academics / GAA/ GBA  members / AGLF members / UAA members *

$ 80  .00
*Gala Dinner ticket - $60
  • Cancellation
  • Before/on August 25 - 90% of registration fee
  • Before/on September 20 - 50% of registration fee
  • After September 20 - no refund

AIG members / Students **

$ 40 .00
*Gala Dinner ticket - $60
  • Cancellation
  • Before/on August 25 - 90% of registration fee
  • Before/on September 20 - 50% of registration fee
  • After September 20 - no refund

Registration Notes

*   Georgian public servants, full time Academics and members of these organizations can benefit from this discount: GAA - Georgian Association of Arbitrators; GBA - Georgian Bar Association;        AGLF - Association of Georgian Law Firms; UAA - Ukraine Arbitration Association.       
** AIG - Arbitration Initiative Georgia members and Students of Bachelor's and Master's programs are eligable for AIG members/Students registration discount rate.
  • Registrations are subject to acceptance on a “first-come-first-served” basis. In the event of no-show, payment is not refundable.
  • Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
  • A confirmation will be sent by email upon receipt of your registration form and full payment of registration fee.
  • The Conference Program is subject to change without prior notice.
  • In the unlikely event of cancellation of the Conference, the only liability of the Conference Organizer is to refund all the fees paid.
  • All enquiries, changes and cancellations should be made in writing submitted at giacarbitrationdays@giac.ge
  • Please note that ICDR Y&I and CIArb events are subjects to the separate registration. For ICDR Y&I Workshop registration, the interested candidates should submit their request to the Secretariat of the GIAC at info@giac.ge and include in the subject line the event name ("ICDR Y&I evnet"). For registration at CIArbr Workshop, the candidates should submit their request to the following e-mail address: gaa.arbitration@gmail.com and insert in the subject line the name of the event ("CIArb event"). Successful applicants will be informed by an email. 

LOCATION

Holiday Inn Tbilisi
Conference venue hotel: Holiday Inn Tbilisi
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LOGISTICS

The GIAC has negotiated preferential rates in the following hotels, please contact us for details at giacarbitrationdays@giac.ge:

CONFERENCE VENUE HOTELHoliday Inn Tbilisi

Radisson Blu Iveria

Rooms Hotel Tbilisi

Other recommended hotels:

 Vinotel | Betsy Hotel | Hotel River Side | Hotel Vere Palace | Hotel Kopala | The Hotel Citadel Narikala

For more information please contact GIAC Arbitration Days organizing team at: giacarbitrationdays@giac.ge

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Georgian International Arbitration Centre
Email: giacarbitrationdays@giac.ge | +995 (592) 51 37 37

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