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VIAC hosts the 5th Bergsten Lecture
In the course of the 24th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, VIAC had the great honor of hosting the Eric Bergsten lecture for the second time in its premises on 9 April 2017.
The lecture was organized by the University of Vienna and the Austrian Arbitration Association and delivered by Ms Cherie Blair (Omnia). More than 150 attendees followed her speech approaching the subject "Wikileaks & Beyond: Admissibility of Improperly Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration".
This annual lecture is held in honor of Professor Eric Bergsten, the "father" of the Vis Moot who had organized this event for decades. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion with Professor Stefan Kröll, one of the directors of the Vis Moot, and Florian Kremslehner (Dorda) led by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna, Professor Paul Oberhammer.
The renowned participants from domestic and international universities, top law firms and the Austrian Supreme Court were subsequently invited by Arb|Aut and VIAC for cocktails in the SkyLounge of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Everyone enjoyed this unique location.
For more impressions please visit the Foto Gallery on our website.
VIAC Annual Report 2016
In its newly released Annual Report 2016 VIAC provides a detailed insight into its work last year as well as statistical details that might be interesting for a broader audience and also to enhance transparency.
Our 2016 statistics show a very positive development in the case numbers since we had an increase of 50% in new cases received versus 2015. We are also very happy that the ratio of our female arbitrators has grown substantially and has reached almost 17% in 2016. In case of VIAC Board-appointed arbitrators the ratio is even 50% which underlines VIAC’s dedication to the ERA-Pledge signed in 2016.
In addition, you will find a review of VIAC's activities during the last year and previews regarding VIAC's new projects for 2017.
Please view the full text of the report for further details. To download our statistics, please got to "statistics".
"ERA - Equal Representation in Arbitration PLEDGE"ArbitralWomen is an international network of women in dispute resolution, and a non-governmental organisation bringing together women practitioners active in this field. The group that origins in 1993 today is a thousand strong with members from all continents and more than 40 countries. It focusses on promoting women in dispute resolution through events, social gatherings, mentoring, and sponsoring to assist women law students to participate in moot courts.
For its latest newsletter no 18 Ema Vidak Gojković, associate with Baker & McKenzie in Vienna and panel member of YAWP (Young Arbitral Women Practitioners) interviewed VIAC’s Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf. Please click here for the full interview.
In recognition of the under-representation of women on international arbitral tribunals, members of the arbitration community drew up a pledge (“Equal Representation in Arbitration PLEDGE”) to take action. Alice Fremuth-Wolf is member of the steering committee and took part in the official launch event on 18 May in London. VIAC has already signed the pledge and we would like to encourage you to do the same under http://www.arbitrationpledge.com/. You may also join the ERA Pledge LinkedIn Group.
A few days ago a new feature has been launched on ERA’s webpage. Interested parties may now ask for names of female arbitrators, that fulfil certain required qualifications and will be provided with a list of potential candidates.
If you want to know more about the search for female arbitrators you may find a detailed article on http://kluwerarbitrationblog.com/2016/09/08/one-step-further-after-the-launch-of-the-era-pledge-a-search-service-for-female-arbitrators-appointments/.