Prof Yarik Kryvoi [Author archive]

Based in London, Yarik is the founder and a co-editor of the CIS Arbitration Forum. He is the Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

Prof Kryvoi holds law degrees from Harvard, Moscow and St Petersburg. Originally from Belarus, he was qualified to practice law in Russia and New York. He has been teaching and practising international arbitration in Russia, the United States, and England for around fifteen years. He often acts as a Russian law expert in domestic and international proceedings in addition. 

Prof Kryvoi and is listed as arbitrator by several institutions, including Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Asian International Arbitration Centre and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration. He is also the course leader of the BIICL’s new online course International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution, available at

See full profile at, Linkedin, SSRN and Twitter.


Dr Dmitry Davydenko [Author archive]

Dr Davydenko is Leading Research Fellow at Belarusian State University and is specialized in Private International Law. He has experience as an arbitrator in the ICC and other arbitral proceedings and is listed as a recommended arbitrator of the Dubai International Arbitration Court, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and other reputed arbitral institutions. Qualified legal practitioner in Russian law with experience over 20 years as well as in Belarusian law.

Included in the list of best practitioners in arbitration as of the years 2017 – 2022 by Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review (GAR). Global leader for 2022. Lexology 2021 Client Choice Award Winner “Arbitration and ADR”. He also acts as an expert on Russian, Eurasian and comparative law on various matters related to international commerce.

Dmitry Davydenko CV; Автобиография Давыденко Д.Л. на русском; LinkedIn; SSRN.       List of publications


Rinat Gareev

Rinat Gareev is a contributing author at CIS Arbitration Forum. He holds common law and civil law degrees, and he is admitted to the New York Bar. He obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Trade and Dispute Resolution from the University of Illinois College of Law, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He worked as a research assistant at the Higher School of Economics and later joint the UK-based legal-tech firm, where in his role as a junior associate he assisted the legal team in representing the interests of air-passengers before the EU State courts and in ADR proceedings. His professional and academic interests include international commercial arbitration, consumer arbitration, and cross-border litigation.


Dilyara Nigmatullina

Dilyara is an arbitration and mediation consultant, and an affiliated member of academic staff at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Law. She obtained an LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law from Stockholm University and a PhD degree in international dispute resolution from the University of Western Australia. She has experience acting as an arbitrator and a mediator. She works in Russian, English, Spanish, and is conversational in Dutch.


Ivan Philippov  [Author archive]

Ivan Philippov is a Russian lawyer, currently going through a qualification process for becoming a solicitor of England and Wales. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration and has experience of working or doing internships in Russia, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. He is a graduate of the School of International Law of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia and School of International Arbitration of Queen Mary, University of London.

Sorin DoleaSorin Dolea

Sorin Dolea is a Moldovan lawyer, who obtained Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement-MIDS. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and LLM in International law from Moldova State University, Arbitration Academy in Paris and the Hague Academy of International Law (course on the international private law). He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration and has experience working in a major Austrian law firm for two years.


Former contributors

Yelena Burova  [Author archive]

Elena Burova is a regular contributor to the CIS Arbitration Forum. She holds an LL.M. degree in Investment Treaty Arbitration from Uppsala University (Swedish Institute scholar 2015-2016) and graduated with honours from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) in 2015. Elena focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration and worked/trained in international law firms in Stockholm and Moscow.


Sergey Usoskin [Author archive]

Sergey is an attorney (a member of the Russian bar) at Double Bridge Law, where his practice encompasses international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution. He has experience advising clients on and representing them in commercial and investment arbitration matters as well as before the Russian courts (including the Supreme Commercial Court). He is a graduate of St Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law and University College London Faculty of Laws.


Olga-00Olga Hryniuk [Author archive]

Olga Hryniuk was a co-editor of the CIS Arbitration Forum. She was born in Minsk (Belarus) and graduated from European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) — LLB (International and European Law), Coventry University (UK) — International Relations. 

Olena Perepelynska [Author archive]

Olena Perepelynska, FCIArb is a partner at Integrites, Kyiv, Ukraine, and the Board Member of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association. Olena has a law degree from the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, and a diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. She is listed as the recommended arbitrator of various arbitration institutions in Austria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Dr Aliaksandr Danilevich [Author archive]

Aliaksandr resides in Minsk, Belarus. He has a Ph.D. in law from Belarusian State University. He was an associate professor at the Department of International Private and European law of the Belarusian State University in Minsk, where he taught Private International Law, International Arbitration and International Transport law. 

allinaAlbina Gasanbekova

Albina is a Russian-trained lawyer, currently in the process of being licensed in the State of NY. Albina graduated from Russian State University of Justice in Moscow and holds an LL.M. with Distinction from Georgetown University Law Center where she served as a board member to Georgetown International Arbitration Society (GIAS). Albina interned with the NYS Attorney’s General Office and currently serves as a member to International Trade Committee at the Bar of the City of New York.

Yulia Raizer [Author archive]

Yulia was an intern with CIS Arbitration Forum. Yulia graduated from Tomsk State University in 2007. She is a member of ICDR Young & International Division and ICC Young Arbitrators Forum. Yulia is a participant of International Arbitration Summer Program (Washington College of Law, 2013) and International Commercial Law and International ADR Certificate Program (Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace Law School, 2013-2014).


Michael Wietzorek [Author archive]

Michael is a Junior Associate with Stibbe in Luxembourg where he practices mainly corporate and finance law. He has provided administrative and research assistance to arbitrators and counsel in commercial, investment, and sports arbitrations under various institutional and ad hoc rules. Michael holds a law degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, admitted to the bar in Dusseldorf as well as registered with the bar in Luxembourg.


Ekaterina Butler [Author archive]

Ekaterina is an attorney with a Swiss law firm LALIVE. Her main areas of practice are international arbitration, international taxation and estate planning. Ekaterina holds a degree in law and economics from the University of London, SOAS, and a degree in linguistics from the University of St. Petersburg, Russia. See full profile.



Maria Tsarova [Author archive]

Maria was an intern with the CIS Arbitration Forum. She is a PhD candidate at the Legislative Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (investment arbitration). She holds a cum lauda law degree from Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University and an LL.M degree in International and European Business Law from Leiden University. In 2013 she attended the Arbitration Academy in Paris. Maria is a member of ICC Young Arbitrators Forum.

Olga-00Olga Hryniuk [Author archive]

Olga Hryniuk was a co-editor of the CIS Arbitration Forum. She was born in Minsk (Belarus) and graduated from European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) — LLB (International and European Law), Coventry University (UK) — International Relations. 

Mariya Lazarova

Mariya Lazarova

Mariya was an intern with CIS Arbitration Forum. She holds a Law degree from Queen Mary, University of London. She is an LPC student at BPP University Law School. Mariya has worked as a paralegal at the Dispute Resolution departments at some of the leading international law firms. She has also gained legal experience at different law firms and governmental bodies in Eastern Europe. Her professional interests focus on Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Investor-State Disputes and White-Collar Crime.

Jack Seaman

Jack was an articles editor of the CIS Arbitration Forum and an English solicitor. Jack held an LLB and Master’s in European Law from the Universities of Exeter and Rennes respectively and trained as a solicitor at Freshfields in London. Jack spoke Polish and has a particular interest in the CIS/CEE region.