CIS-related Disputes: Treaties, Sanctions, Compliance and Enforcement

On 25-26 May 2021, CIS Arbitration Forum will bring together leading practitioners, academics and arbitrators to discuss some of the most challenging problems which lawyers face in disputes related to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries of the CIS region.

Four panels will feature recognised experts presenting their views and answering questions from the audience.

The conference is an opportunity to stay on top of the most recent developments related to the region, to establish new connections and demonstrate expertise.


Topics discussed

The first panel will feature practitioners from several jurisdictions who will give an update on the most recent legislative changes and trends related to commercial and investor-state arbitration and court practice involving foreign parties.

The second panel will examine Soviet and intra-CIS BITs, an often unexplored opportunity which the parties are increasingly using to establish jurisdiction of tribunals.

The topics discussed will include the application of Soviet BITs to former Soviet Republics, arbitration under Eurasian Economic Community treaties, the applicability of the Energy Charter Treaty to intra-CIS disputes.

The third panel will focus on sanctions how they affect dispute resolution in international arbitration and domestic proceedings.

The fourth panel will discuss law and practice related to the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments in key jurisdictions.




25 May 2021 

9:00 – 09:15 Introductory remarks

Prof Yarik Kryvoi, CIS Arbitration Forum and British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), London

Dr Dmitry Davydenko, CIS Arbitration Forum and MGIMO University, Moscow

9:15 – 09:45 Keynote 1 followed by Q&A 

What makes CIS-related disputes different? – Baiju Vasani, Ivanyan and Partners, London and Moscow

9:45 – 11:15 Panel 1. Recent developments in commercial and investment arbitration in the region

  • Chair: Prof Yarik Kryvoi, CIS Arbitration Forum and BIICL, London
  • Armenia – Sargis Grigoryan, GPartners Law, Yerevan
  • Kazakhstan – Bakhyt Tukulov, Tukulov & Kassilgov Litigation, Almaty
  • Russia – Konstantin Kroll, Dentons, Moscow
  • Ukraine – Olena Perepelinska, Integrites, Kyiv
  • Uzbekistan – Elijah Putilin, Putilin Dispute Management, Moscow

11:15 – 11:30  Networking and marketing break with shared space

11:30 – 13:00  Panel 2. Soviet and intra-CIS BITs: an unexplored opportunity

  • Chair: Prof Kaj Hobér, Uppsala University, Uppsala
  • CIS-related disputes under the Energy Charter Treaty – Yuriy Pochtovyk, Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat, Brussels
  • Application of Soviet BITs to former Soviet republics – Evgeniya Rubinina, Enyo Law, London
  • Definition of “investor” in Soviet BITs – Ekaterina Grivnova, Allen & Overy, Paris


26 May 2021 

9:15 – 09:45 Keynote 2 followed by Q&A 

Russia’s accession to the Hague Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments – Ekaterina Kudelich, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Moscow

9:45 – 11:15  Panel 3. Enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in the region

  • Chair: Prof Islambek Rustambekov, Tashkent State University of Law, Tashkent 
  • Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments in the CIS – an in-house counsel perspective – Maria Gritsenko, VEON, Amsterdam
  • Enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards: current trends in Russia – Dmitry Davydenko, CIS Arbitration Forum & MGIMO University, Moscow
  • Enforcing arbitral awards in the British Virgin Islands – Richard Brown, Carey Olsen, London & British Virgin Islands
  • Third-party funding of disputes in Russia and the CIS States and enforcement – a funder’s perspective – Jakob Huebert, ‎Nivalion AG, Frankfurt

11:15 – 11:30  Networking and marketing break with shared space

11:30 – 13:00  Panel 4. Sanctions and compliance: a narrow passage 

  • Chair: Noah Rubins QC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris
  • Overview of sanctions regimes and their impact on the law governing contracts – Viktor Rykov, Nexign, St Petersburg
  • Life after Sanctions: Russian parties in search of a new arbitration forum – Ays Lidzhanova, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, St Petersburg
  • Sanctions and access to justice: a discussion of recent legislation and case law in the UK and Russia – Ben Wells, CANDEY, London

13:00 – 13:15 Closing remarks

This programme is subject to change 

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