25th Croatian Arbitration Days

Zagreb, Croatia, • Croatian and English

The jubilee two-day annual conference 25th Croatian Arbitration Days, co-organized by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Croatian Chamber of Economy (PAC CCE) along with the ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and ICC Croatia, is dedicated to “Procedural aspects of international commercial arbitration”.


The Conference will kick off with a key note speech from Rolf Trittmann, ICC International Court of Arbitration Court member, followed by six panels discussing the latest developments of most important procedural issues. The first four panels will address critical issues affecting case management, reality check, and more extensively the taking of evidence. The remaining two panels will focus on selected procedural issues such as quality of arbitral awards, arbitrator’s duty to disclose, arbitrator’s liability, and costs related issues. The prominent topics like res judicata in international arbitration, arbitration agreements in national courts, parallel and related proceedings, and settlement in arbitral proceedings will also be explored. This conference will offer a roster of renowned speakers and -stimulating discussions, as well as a unique opportunity to network, particularly in the Central and South Eastern European region.

Who should attend?

Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, business professionals and academics interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Central and South Eastern European countries who want to obtain further knowledge and keep up to date on the latest developments regarding procedural aspects of international commercial arbitration.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

09:00-09:30Welcome and Opening remarks

25th Anniversary of the CADs

Mihajlo Dika

09:30-10:00Keynote Speech

Major challenges to international commercial arbitration for the next 25 years

Rolf Trittman

10:00-11:15Panel 1.  Case Management

Jakša Barbić

Due process: Views and tendencies seen from within the arbitration system; recent state court decisions.

Preliminary issues: Structure of the proceedings, bifurcation and summary judgements.
The role of the arbitral institutions in arbitral proceedings

Q & A

Andrew Tetley
Philip Habegger
Jasna Garašić

11:15-11:45Coffee break
11:45-13:00Panel 2. A Reality Check

Rolf Trittman

Burden of proof and adverse inferences: How often doarbitrators make use of these tools?

The power of arbitral tribunal to protect the integrity of arbitral proceedings.

International commercial arbitration: How confidential / transparent is it / can it be/ should it be?

Q & A

Istvan Varga
Milena Đorđević
James Castello

13:00-14:15Buffet lunch
14:15 -15:30Panel 3. The Taking of Evidence – I

Andreas Reiner, ARP, Vienna

Production of documents

Witness evidence

Expert evidence

Q & A

Reto Marghitola
Ana Stanič
Adam Markiewicz

15:30-15:50Coffee break
15:50-17:05Panel 4. The Taking of Evidence – II

Andreas Reiner

Taking of evidence in the practice of the Permanent Arbitration Court of the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

Prague Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (Status report).

Use of technology in taking of evidence / in arbitration proceedings.

Q & A

Andreja Čavlina
Alexandre Khrapoutski
Sirshar Qureshi


Friday, 8 December 2017

09:00 – 09:15Tribunal secretaries – Drawing a line in the sand

Young Croatian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)

09:15 -10:55Panel 5. Selected Issues – I

Boris Porobija

Awards – Quality of reasoning; Drafting arbitral awards.

Update on the arbitrators’ duty to disclose and whether the parties have a duty to investigate.

Update on the liability of arbitrators.

New cost related issues: duty to disclose / duty to enquire concerning fee and financing arrangements? Are contingency fees recoverable?

Q & A

Živa Filipič
Yas Banifatemi
Nadia Smahi, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Attorneys at Law
Tamara Manasijević

10:55-11:25Coffee break
11:25-13:05Panel 6. Selected Issues – II

Tibor Varady

Res judicata in international arbitration.

The fate of arbitration agreements in national courts.

Parallel and related proceedings.

Settlement in arbitral proceedings.

Q & A

Christine Möhler
Dalibor Valinčić
Eduard Kunštek
Aleš Galič

13:05-13:15Presentation of the Croatian Arbitration Yearbook Vol. 24
13:15-13:30Closing of the Conference


Yas BanifatemiSherman & Sterling LLP, Paris
Jakša BarbićHonorary Vice-President PAC CCE, Zagreb
James CastelloKing & Spalding, Paris
Andreja ČavlinaSecretary PAC CCE, Zagreb
Mihajlo DikaHonorary President PAC CCE, Zagreb
Milena ĐorđevićFaculty of Law, Belgrade
Živa FilipičManaging Counsel ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Aleš GaličFaculty of Law, Ljubljana
Jasna GarašićFaculty of Law, Zagreb
Philipp HabeggerHabegger Arbitration, Zurich
Alexandre KhrapoutskiSBH Law Office, Minsk
Eduard KunštekFaculty of Law, Rijeka
Tamara ManasijevićARP, Vienna
Reto MarghitolaNiedermann Attorneys at Law, Zurich
Adam MarkiewiczDeloitte Central Europe
Christine MöhlerPestalozzi Attorneys at Law, Zurich
Sirshar QureshiPricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague
Boris PorobijaPorobija & Porobija, Zagreb
Andreas ReinerARP, Vienna
Nadia SmahiMeyerlustenberger Lachenal Attorneys at Law, Zurich
Ana StaničE&A Law Limited, London
Andrew TetleyReedSmith, Paris
Rolf TrittmannFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt/Main, Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Dalibor ValinčićWolf Theiss, Zagreb
Tibor VaradyCentral European University, Budapest
Istvan VargaKNP LAW Nagy Koppany Varga and Partners, Budapest

Logistical notes


Croatian Chamber of Economy

Rooseveltov trg 2




Travel and accommodation:

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

Contact us

  • Andreja Cavlina
  • +38514848623
  • Secretary PAC CCE
  • Maja Mance
  • +38514848622
  • Secretariat PAC CCE
  • Bojana Bozac
  • +38514848622
  • Secretariat PAC CCE