1st GAR Live Vienna

The 1st edition of GAR Live Vienna in association with VIAC, ArbAut and YAAP took place on 20 October 2017 in the SkyLounge of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

For some impressions please view our picture gallery or visit the GAR homepage!

VIAC together with ArbAUT and YAAP co-organized of the 1st edition of GAR Live Vienna in association with the Austrian Arbitration Association and the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners. The conference was held on 20 October 2017 in the SkyLounge of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. The event was a great success, more than 150 participants attended.

Austria still serves as a gateway to the CEE/SEE region and thus this conference aimed at covering topics specifically relevant to this area.

The event was chaired by Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Deputy Secretary General (VIAC), Stefan Riegler (Arb|Aut) and Eliane Fischer (YAAP), the keynote speech was delived by Professor Schreuer.

The one-day Event was comprised of 4 sessions:

  • Session 1: Enforcement around the CEE-region: How to get the client paid?
  • Session 2: The GAR Live symposium – A free ranging question and answer session. Delegates will submit questions in advance on topical themes and will then be invited to present their question on the day, whereupon the moderators and members of the audience are invited to respond, discuss and debate.
  • Session 3: The effect of political change.
  • Session 4: The GAR Live debate - In Oxford Union style, we will hear 4 debaters’ arguments in favour of, or against, a motion.

A panel of 3 judges voiced opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions. The topic of the debate was "This house believes that no arbitrator is ever impartial".


The Event was concluded with a networking cocktail on the roof-top of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. The participants heard that Alice Fremuth-Wolf will take over as Secretary General of the VIAC. She replaces Manfred Heider, who is retiring after 16 years.  

Read more about the celebration at the GAR homepage.