Dear colleagues,
The annual Eastern European Dispute Resolution Forum, initially scheduled for September 17-19, will be postponed to the next 2021 year due to COVID-19 outbreak and state of pandemic in our region.
Based on evaluation of evolving circumstances and in coordination with an Organizing Committee, it is clear that it would be an unacceptable risk to launch the EEDRF in September in Belarus.

This decision comes because we take the safety and health of our speakers, guests, staff and community very seriously. We feel this will be the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global and local situation.

It's the first cancellation in the event's 5-year history. We are devastated to share this news with you.
Rest assured, we will maintain of ongoing cooperation with forum partners and speakers to be prepared to welcome all of you to the important annual arbitration event next year.

For more information: e-mail: eedrfMinsk@gmail.com




EASTERN EUROPEAN
DISPUTE RESOLUTION FORUM

MINSK, 23-24 SEPTEMBER, 2021
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ABOUT THE FORUM
This autumn Minsk will host the annual Eastern European Dispute Resolution Forum (EEDRF) for the 5th time. Lawyers from all over the world will unite for a few days in order to discuss key topics related to dispute resolution in international commercial arbitration and state courts.

This year the main topic of discussion will be «CHOICE OF LAW» and we are going to discuss:

  • The art of contracting / meeting today's challenges
  • Arbitration and general matters of international private law
  • Choice of law by parties
  • Powers of arbitrators towards applicable law
EEDRF 2019
How it was
VIZA Formalities
Participants of EEDRF from 80 countries don't need a visa if they arrive at the national airport Minsk and stay in the country for no more than 30 days (the day of arrival and departure included). This includes all the counties of the European Union, USA, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia and some others.

You only need:
  • passport;
  • money (about € 22 per day);
  • medical insurance valid in Belarus (for at least € 10000)
List of the countries that can come to Belarus visa-free: Check it here
Attention! Moscow-Minsk
Visa-free travel does not apply to persons coming to Belarus with flights from Russia and intending to fly to Russia.

Despite the fact that Belarus and Russia are a Union State, visa-free initiative applies to the territory of Belarus alone. And because flights from Minsk to Russia are considered internal ones, flying there without a visa will be considered a violation.

Also, even if you have a valid Russian visa, you can not fly from Minsk to Moscow (or vice versa) directly.

Solution? If you are going to EEDRF, you will have to take an international flight out of Russia (to Poland or Lithuania, for example) and then fly to Belarus from there.
EEDRF takes place in Minsk every September. This year will be the first anniversary - fifth event.

At the moment EEDRF is the biggest practical event which is held in Belarus with focus on dispute resolution and which covers the whole region. EEDRF already became a world-known event. All previous years EEDRF was well attended, more than 200 participants from more than 30 countries.

The main idea behind organizing this event - there is no annual forum for East and Central European dispute lawyers to meet from time to time, share experience and discuss current issues. Also Minsk is a convenient place for meeting of practitioners from different countries.

For any enquiries or expressions of interest, please send us an email at eedrfMinsk@gmail.com. We are looking forward to seeing you at the forum.
Key-note speaker

Mr. Gary Born

SIAC’s Court of Arbitration president Gary Born - The EEDRF Keynote Speaker
Gary Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group
at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
CO-CHAIRS
VLADIMIR KHVALEI
VLADIMIR KHVALEI
Partner,
Baker & McKenzie Law Firm
Russia
OLENA PEREPELYNSKA
OLENA PEREPELYNSKA
Partner,
Integrites Law Firm
Ukraine
ALEXANDRE KHRAPOUTSKI
ALEXANDRE KHRAPOUTSKI
Partner,
Lex Torre Law Office
Belarus
HONORED MEMBERS
LORD PETER GOLDSMITH
LORD PETER GOLDSMITH
QC, PC, Co-Managing Partner,
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
UK
IAN FUNK
IAN FUNK
Chairman,
International Arbitration Court
at the BelCCI
Belarus
NOAH RUBINS
NOAH RUBINS
Partner,
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Law Firm
France
NOAH RUBINS
ILYA NIKIFOROV
Managing partner,
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Law Firm
Russia
MEMBERS
RAMŪNAS AUDZEVIČIUS
RAMŪNAS AUDZEVIČIUS
Partner,
Motieka&Audzevicius Law Firm
Lithuania
ARTEM DOUDKO
ARTEM
DOUDKO
Partner,
Osborne Clarke
UK
ANDREY PANOV
ANDREY
PANOV
Counsel,
Allen & Overy
Russia
ANNA GUILLARD SAZHKO
ANNA GUILLARD SAZHKO
Associate,
Shearman & Sterling
France
YAROSLAV PETROV
YAROSLAV
PETROV
Partner,
Asters Law Firm
Ukraine
GALINA ZUKOVA
GALINA
ZUKOVA
Partner,
ZUKOVA legal
France
INGA KAČEVSKA
INGA
KAČEVSKA
Attorney at Law,
Law Office of Inga Kačevska
Latvia
ALEXEY ANISCHENKO
ALEXEY ANISCHENKO
Partner,
Sorainen
Belarus
STEPAN GUZEY
STEPAN
GUZEY
Partner,
Lidings Law Firm
Russia
ALEXANDER KOROBEINIKOV
ALEXANDER KOROBEINIKOV
Partner,
Baker & McKenzie Law Firm
Kazakhstan
30
Speakers
3
Days
25
Countries
200
Attendees

AGENDA

Further information will be provided shortly

September, 18
08.30-09.30
08.30-09.30
Registration of the participants.
Morning coffee
09.30-09.45
09.30-09.45
Opening speech
09.45-10.15
09.45-10.15
Gary B. Born
Keynote speech
10.15-11.40
10.15-11.40
Plenary session
APPLICATION OF LEX MERCATORIA: IS IT PANACEA TO SETTLE DIFFERENCE IN LEGAL TRADITIONS? / THE ART OF CONTRACTING/MEETING TODAY'S CHALLENGES
Choice of arbitrator: knowledge of sphere vs knowledge of law

Arbitral institution standards towards Jura novit arbiter/surprise decisions

Setting aside arbitral award due to incorrectness in application of law

Should Brexit affect the popularity of English governing law and jurisdiction clauses?

Lex mercatoria and other soft law instruments instead of national law

Shall arbitral institutions have the power to control arbitral awards from the point of applicable law and future enforcement?

Arbitration is still in vogue: what your practical steps?
11.40-12.00
11.40-12.00
Coffee break
12.00-13.30
12.00-13.30
Section 1.
ARBITRATION AND GENERAL MATTERS OF INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE LAW
Mandatory and imperative rules of law: does it really matter for arbitration proceedings?

Res judicata effect of decision on applicable law to further proceedings

Depecage in effect: is it suitable to apply several laws in one arbitration?

Proper law of the contract: how to find good criteria

Freedom to choose amongst conflict rules

Mixture of lex arbitri and law on merits
13.30 – 14.30
13.30 – 14.30
Lunch
14.30 – 16.00
14.30 – 16.00
Section 2.
CHOICE OF LAW BY PARTIES
Is it recommended to choose lex arbitri by consent?

Choice of foreign law between the same-jurisdiction parties (option)

Is English law still a preferable law for international disputes?

What to do with "floating choice of law"

Invalidation of choice of law clause: grounds and powers to do.

Defective and unclear choice of law agreements/ Voidness of agreements on applicable law/ Patalogical applicable law agreements
16.00-16.20
16.00-16.20
Coffee break
16.20 – 18.00
16.20 – 18.00
Section 3.
powers of arbitrators towards applicable law
Arbitration proceedings: has applicable law supremacy in kingdom of contract?

May arbitral tribunal avoid the determination of law: pros and cons

Iura Novit Curia Rule: can active position become a challenge

Role of fairness and arbitrator's opinion in determination of law

How tribunal shall deal with lacunas and controversies in law and evidence on legal matters?

The Tribunal whishes to apply the applicable law: how shall it choose it?
20.00 – 00.00
20.00 – 00.00
Cocktail dinner
September, 19
Recreational and Sight-Seeing Activities
EEDRF-2020 PARTNERS
*If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor,
please feel free to write us.
General partner
Plenary Session Partner
Prelimenary day partner
Forum Partners
Organizational Partner
September, 17-19 / 2020
Minsk, Belarus
CONTACT US
Our organizing team is here to answer all questions you might have. Feel free to write and call us.
+375 29 38 090 39
+375 17 25 090 26
eedrfMinsk@gmail.com
The organizer of Eastern European Dispute Resolution Forum 2020
Forum Alfa
67, Cimirazieva str., office 1102, Minsk, 220035, Republic of Belarus
Info@eedrfMinsk.com
+375 25 6044020
Certificate of registration № 193252145 dated 11.05.2019
TIN 193252145
EEDRF

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