On 26 May 2021, a one-day course on “International contracts in the current context: legal issues, practice, settlement of disputes” was held at the business school of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs for the first time.
On 26 May 2021, the business school of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), jointly with the Arbitration Centre at the RSPP, held a one-day course called “International contracts in the current context: legal issues, practice, settlement of disputes”.
Alexander Zamaziy, the managing director and chief of staff of the Arbitration Centre at the RSPP, moderated the event.
The leading Russian specialists in the field of international trade law and arbitration spoke for the course participants: professor Mikhail Savranskiy (vice-chairman of the Arbitration Centre at the RSPP), professor Nina Vilkova (Russian Foreign Trade Academy), Maksim Kulkov (Kulkov, Kolotilov and Partners, managing partner), Tatyana Neveeva (Egorov, Puginskiy, Afanasyev and Partners, senior associate), Kirill Udovichenko (Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov and Partners, partner), and Vladimir Pestrikov (Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners, partner).
Chairman of the Panel for International and Investment Disputes at the Arbitration Centre at the RSPP, law firm managing partner Alexander Grebelsky, told the audience about the specifics of the dispute resolution in international arbitration, shared practical tips on the legal position preparation and gave recommendations for every stage of arbitral proceedings.
Taking into account the current situation and limitations caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Grebelsky brought up the topic of virtual hearings in arbitration. Their adoption in the procedure, in his opinion, reflects the features of modern international arbitration — continuous development, openness to innovations, the opportunity to adapt to any situation, and, of course, cost-effectiveness.
Dr. Grebelsky also talked about the Arbitration Centre at the RSPP’s online system,“Mind”, designed to held hearings through the video conference and provide reliable data protection to implement the principle of confidentiality.
In the final part of his speech, Dr. Grebelsky gave examples of apparent mistakes made by the parties and their representatives in the course of arbitration proceedings. The main one, he said, is relative passivity in matters of grounding your position and introducing evidence.
The course aroused great interest in the listeners. The participants appreciated the intensity and relevance of the event, and the practical effect of the information provided.