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April 2016

A successful participation of our team at the Air Law Moot Court Competition in Jakarta

University of Belgrade Faculty of Law team of students has achieved a great success at the Seventh International Air Law Moot Court Competition, which took place from 7th to 10th April in Jakarta, Indonesia. The team has been awarded the seventh place in the Respondent category at the semi-finals oral rounds.

Representing the University of Belgrade for the first time at this prestigious competition, our team has earned the compliments and the respect of many judges in the oral rounds against the host Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Sri Lanka Law College from Colombo, DePaul University College of Law from Chicago and China University of Political Science and Law from Beijing. Our students qualified to this competition based on the submission of the written arguments, which were assessed by law experts in this field of law. Out of 56 teams that applied for this competition, only 26 teams qualified for the semi-final rounds held in Jakarta, including our team.

At the final round of the competition, which was held at the Constitutional Court of Indonesia, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University from India beat National University of Singapore to claim the victory at the Seventh Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court 2016.

  

 

It is worth mentioning that our team achieved this remarkable success competing against teams coming from many prestigious universities from around the globe, despite the fact that Air Law is not a part of the Faculty of Law’s curriculum, hereby showing that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the students from advanced and specialized LL.M. Master Programs in Air and International law. This achievement comes as a continuation of a successful moot court tradition at the Faculty of Law and we hope it will boost the next generations to take part at this competition in the future years.

The students who represented the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law for the first time at this competition are: Tatjana Radivojević, Ognjen Mirković and Aleksandar Stevanović. The team was coached by Professor Ivana Krstić and former student and Jessup Moot Court participant Branislav Radović. They were assisted by the PhD student Andrijana Mišović, and many other colleagues from the Faculty. The participation of our team was supported by Marić & Mujezinović Joint Law Office, in cooperation with Kinstellar, to which the Faculty expresses a special gratitude and acknowledgments.

 

March 2016

Great success of our students at the “Arbitration Olympics” in Vienna

 

After being twice awarded runner-up at Pre-Moots in Rome and Moscow, as well as having achieved excellent results at non-competitive pre-moots in Ljubljana and Belgrade, the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had a great success advancing to the round of 16 in oral roudns, in the tough competition including 311 teams from 66 countries all over the world, at the XXIII annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which took place form 18 to 24 March 2016 in Vienna. Besides that, our team won two Honorable Mentions, one for the best Memorandum for Respondent and one for the best individual speaker. It is particularly worth mentioning that the University of Belgrade and faculties from Germany (Bucerius Law School, University of Mainz and Heidelberg University) and Great Britain (Honourable Society of the Middle Temple) are the only law schools from Europe that qualified for the round of 16. Our Faculty is also one of the seven teams in round of 16, that was comes from a country where English is not a native language. We left behind us almost 300 universities from 66 countries, including the teams from Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Cambridge, Freiburg, Munich, Leiden, Sorbonne, MGIMO, Ottawa, Wellington, King’s College, LSE, Arhus and others that had very great success in the past years.

     

The students who represented the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law this year are: Petar Mišković, Jelena Todić, Filip Šušuić, Dušan Aleksić and Milica Arsić. Branko Janković, Jelena Đorđević, Marko Živanović, Jelelna Jelić and Jovana Zec participated in the preparation of the memoranda. The team was coached by Professors Vladimir Pavić and Milena Djordjević. They were assisted by the lecturers Marko Jovanović and Uroš Živković, and many other colleagues from the Faculty and renowned law firms who dedicated their time to hearing our students and gave them useful comments and suggestions on how to improve their performance.

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IX Belgrade Open Pre-Moot

 

Following the successful completion of the VIII Belgrade Arbitration Conference, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had the honor of hosting the ninth annual Belgrade Open Pre-Moot tournament for the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, over the weekend of 12-13 March 2016. This year the Belgrade Open welcomed more than 600 participants – students, coaches, arbitrators – and gathered teams from 61 university coming from 29 countries of the world: from North and South America, Europe and Asia to Australia and Oceania. In line with the trend from previous years, the Belgrade Open attracted great interest of law schools worldwide. By the number of participants, the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot grew into the world’s biggest pre-moot for the Willem C. Vis, and as a testament to the lasting quality of the event, leading experts in arbitration, esteemed practitioners, judges, academics and attorneys from all around the world, as well as seventeen team that advanced in the elimination rounds in Vienna, including team from Buenos Aires that won in oral rounds of the competition in Vienna, joined as arbitrators, chairing and judging in more than 150 hearing that took place over the weekend.

During the two days of pre-moot, and continuing the tradition of challenging and stimulating pleadings, students from 29 countries were given an opportunity to showcase their skills before highly competent arbitrators in the seminar rooms of the Faculty of Law and in the offices of Karanović/Nikolić law firm, Moravčević, Vojnović& Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Nikolić, Kokanović,Otašević law firm, Samardžić Oreški Grbović Law Office, Mihaj Ilić Milanović law firm and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. The Schedule of hearings can be downloaded here.

     

On Sunday 13th March, students from all over the world were greeted by Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Deputy Secretary General of VIAC, whose rules students were scrutinizing during the six months of the competition. Dr. Fremuth-Wolf gave a lecture on the topic “Rights and obligations arising out of an arbitration agreement and possible remedies”.

The sponsors of this event did their best to provide the participants of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot not only with the necessary and thorough practice but also a very rich social calendar. Thanks to the support provided, a welcome cocktail has been organized in the Bona Fides Faculty Lounge (El Derecho), Moravčević, Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr threw a traditional party for all the participants of the Pre-Moot in the urban ambiance of the Drugstore Clubhouse while the closing of the Belgrade Open took place in the authentic and pleasant atmosphere of Skadarlija bohemian quarter. A special evening cocktail organized for arbitrators preceded the opening of the Pre-Moot and was kindly hosted by Karanović/Nikolić law firm.

      

 

Aside from student volunteers from the Faculty of Law, the successful organization of the ninth Belgrade Open Pre-Moot tournament was generously supported by the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Serbian Arbitration Association, law offices Karanović/Nikolić, Moravčević, Vojnović& Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Nikolić, Kokanović, Otašević law firm, Samardžić Oreški Grbović Law Office, Mihaj Ilić Milanović law firm and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

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VIII Belgrade Arbitration Conference

The traditional gathering of world experts in the field of arbitration took place in Belgrade this spring. University of Belgrade Faculty of Law hosted the eight Belgrade Arbitration Conference on 11 March 2016, an ever-growing trademark event of our law school with a constantly increasing number of participants. This year the Arbitration Conference welcomed more than 250 participants – lawyers, judges, arbitrators, students from all over the world. The conference panels this year discussed a selection of emerging topics in international arbitration law.

The opening ceremony commenced with the warm welcome by the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Sima Avramović, who expressed the great satisfaction for the fact that the Faculty of Law is organizing such a prestigious gathering once again, underlining the success the conference had in the previous years. The conference participants were also greeted by the President of the Organizing Committee, Professor Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, the acting President of the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (the oldest arbitral institution in the region) who singled out series of efforts invested by the Faculty of Law in promotion of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. On behalf of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), an honored partner in organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the participants of the conference were welcomed by Ms Kоrinna Von Trotha who expressed her satisfaction with the cooperation with the host institution on organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference. Prof Dr. Jelena Perović, member of the Board of the Serbian Arbitration Association, emphasized how highly important this event is for the legal community and the Association, and informed the participants of the recent developments in the field of arbitration in Serbia and the activities of the Serbian Arbitration Association in promotion of ADR.

 

The work of the first panel – discussing some of the “burning” topics in arbitration – was chaired by Steven Finizio, partner in the London office of WilmeHale. The panelists discussed about Interplay Between Procedural and Substantive Law in Arbitration, presented by Rolf Trittmann, partner in Frankfurt am Main office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, issues of Impact of Insolvency on Arbitration Proceedings – EU context, presented by Stefan Golubović from BDK Attorneys at Law from Belgrade, issues of Arbitrator’s Independence presented by Djordje Novčić, from Janković Popović Mitić law office, from Belgrade, while the questions of Res Judicata in International Arbitration were covered by Christoph Lindinger, partner in Schoenherr Vienna office.

The second panel focused on the issues of Taking of Evidence in Arbitration, was chaired by Jelena Bezarević Pajić, attorney Moravčević, Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, from Belgrade. The discussions evolved around presentations on Document Production: Some Practical Issues by Tanja Planinić, attorney from Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law, Zürich office, issues of Interplay Between Document Production and Preliminary Determinations on Questions of Law presented by Duncan Speller, partner WilmerHale, London office, topic of Cross Examination in Arbitral Proceedings by Milan Samardžić, partner in Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović law office, from Belgrade and issue of Corruption in presented by Tobias Zuberbühler, partner in Lustenberger Attorneys at Law, from Zürich.

The third panel was chaired by Milan Lazić, partner from Karanović Nikolić law office, from Belgrade. The panelists discussed about Costs in Arbitration, presented by Philipp Habegger, partner in LALIVE, from Zürich, issues of Controlling Costs through Fee Agreements, presented by Brooks Daly, Deputy Secretary-General at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hague, issues of Costs as a Case Management Tool, presented by Ivana Blagojević, Deputy Counsel at International Court of Arbitration International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, while the questions of Third Party Funding – Understanding the Issues were covered by Natascha Tunkel, Counsel in KNOETZL, Vienna office and the questions of Recoverability of Costs in International Arbitration were covered by Marija Šćekić, attorney from WilmerHale, London office.

 

As in the previous years, the organizing committee of this year’s arbitration conference was consisted of Professor Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, Professor Dr. Vladimir Pavić, Assistant Professor Dr. Milena Đorđević, Assistant Professor Dr. Marko Jovanović and Assistant Uroš Živković.

The organization of the conference was supported by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Serbian Arbitration Association, law offices WilmerHale from London and local law offices from Belgrade - Moravčević, Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Karanović/Nikolić, Samardžić Oreški Grbović, Janković Popović Mitić, BDK Attorneys at Law, with the support of the American Chamber of Commerce - AMCHAM.

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Announcement

The schedule of hearings for the IX Belgrade Open Pre-moot is now complete. You can find it here. The map of locations is also available.

We hope you will enjoy our social and academic program, including our guest lecture by Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf, Deputy Secretary General of VIAC and Belgrade Arbitration Conference.

 

February 2016

Belgrade Mooties' successful preparations for the XXIII Vis Moot

In the course of their preparations for this year’s XXIII annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law took part at pre-moot competitions in Ljubljana, Rome and Moscow.

The Ljubljana pre-moot, which had the noncompetitive character, was organized by the Schoenherr Slovenia law office on 5 February 2016. At this pre-moot our students met with their colleagues from Maribor, Zagreb, Graz and Ljubljana. The team was accompanied by assistant coaches Marko Jovanović and Uroš Živković.

 

    

 

The Rome Pre-Moot (the AIA-CAM Pre-Moot) was organized by the Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato and the Milan Chamber of Arbitration on 12 and 13 February 2016 and gathered 12 participating teams. During two days of competition, our students had five oral arguments with the students from Milan (Milano Statale and Bocconi), Paris (Sciences Po), Rome (Roma Tre) and Budapest (ELTE). At AIA-CAM Pre-Moot, the first place went to the team of Sciences Po from Paris, while our team came second with only a few points of difference. The team was accompanied by assistant coach Marko Jovanović.

 

    

The next stage of preparation of our students was the Moscow pre-moot that took place at the Lomonosov University (MSU). Our team had six pleadings with the students from the following universities: MGIMO, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Kutafin Moscow State Law University, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University and University of Passau. The participation of the Belgrade team was, once again, very successful, since not only that the team was the runner-up of the Pre-moot, but also our student Jelena Todić was awarded second best oralist at the competition. The first place went to University of Passau. Our team was accompanied by assistant coach Uroš Živković.

     

Belgrade Vis Moot team is comprised out of five undergraduate and master students: Jelena Todić, Filip Šušulić, Milica Arsić, Dušan Aleksić and Petar Mišković. Professors Vladimir Pavić and Milena Djordjević are the head coaches of the team, like in the past thirteen years. The coaches of the team are assisted by Ass. Prof. Dr. Marko Jovanović and lecturer Uroš Živković, LL.M.

 

Announcement

Registration for the IX Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is now open! The Pre-moot will be held on March 12-13, 2016 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and will be preceded by the VIII Belgrade Arbitration Conference, on 11 March 2016. All interested teams are welcome to attend both events free of charge.

Please return the team registration form to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs  by January 15, 2016. We encourage you to register promptly as the number of participating teams is limited.

Registration is also open for arbitrators. Please return the arbitrator registration form by February 15, 2016 to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs

 

October 2015

Vis Moot team selected that will represent University of Belgrade Faculty of Law at the 23rd Vis Moot

Prof. Vladimir Pavic and Ass. Prof. Milena Djordjevic, coaches of the Belgrade Vis Moot team, have selected the team of students that will represent University of Belgrade Faculty of Law at the 23rd Vis Moot. The team is comprised of ten students who are either at their final year of studies or at the masters studies at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. To get to know this year's Belgrade Vis moot team better see >>

 

April 2015

New Achievements in International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition

 

Students from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law participated at the 22nd annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot that took place from 28 March to 2 April 2015 in Vienna and that gathered almost 300 university teams from all around the world.

Each year, the competition revolves around a mock case in the field of arbitration and international sale of goods. This year's problem dealt with the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal in relation to a non-signatory party, the jurisdiction of the emergency arbitrator and the issue of fundamental breach of contract in sale of minerals. The moot court is separated into two separate stages. The first, written stage of the competition engages teams in submitting Memorandums for both Claimant and Respondent while the oral stage comprises of series of hearings chaired by a three-member panel where students represent both parties in the case and plead their arguments before renowned professors, attorneys and experts from different jurisdictions. Every team partakes in general rounds, acting as both Claimant and Respondent (two times in each role), while three arbitrators score oralists from the team in the range of 25 to 50 points. Based on the 24 scores in the general rounds, at the end of the fourth day, the organisers comprise a list of top ranking teams where 64 finalists proceed to knockout rounds. This year, our students competed against their colleagues from Jordan, France (Université de Poitiers), USA (Belmont University) and Philippines (Ateneo de Manila), achieving particular success in the written stage of the competition - winning an Honourable Mention for the Pieter Sanders Award for Best Memorandum for Claimant. Team of students from the Ottawa University won the first place in the competition in the oral rounds.

The team of the Faculty comprised of the following students: Bojana Bilankov, Sanja Došen, Iva Ivanov, Anđela Mirković, Marija Momić, Stefan Nešić, Andrea Nikolić, Mitar Simonović, Tatjana Sofijanić, Marko Tešanović i Milica Tomić. During the preparations for the finals in Vienna, our students took part in pre-moot tournaments in St. Galen, Milan and Munich - where they won the first place among 19 teams from 11 different countries. As in the previous years, the team was coached by Prof. Dr Vladimir Pavić and Assist. Prof. Dr Milena Djordjević with the help of Assist. Prof. Dr Marko Jovanović. Significant assistance and help in the preparations was provided by former mooties and students of master and doctoral studies, trainees and attorneys in leading offices in Belgrade: Marija Vićić, Milena Radosavljević, Igor Radovanović, Maja Dobrić, Sara Penđer, Anđa Savić and others.

Following the tradition from previous years, our team was cheered and followed in Vienna by friends and supporters who acted as arbitrators on the Vis Moot, former participants (currently acting as attorneys in top-tier law firms in Belgrade) as well as supporters and their representatives who helped with donations and enabled the students to travel to Vienna and participate in the competition.

University of Belgrade Faculty of Law would like to use this opportunity to once again thank all the institutions and individuals who participated with donations and assisted our team on their journey to pre-moot tournaments and Vienna finals, having in mind that every success comes as a product of both hard work and adequate funding and support. The pull of sponsors for this year's team includes: Energoprojekt holding, Banca Intesa, Karanović/Nikolić Law Office, Law Office Samardžić, Oreški, Gecić & Grbović, Moravčević & Vojnović Law Office in cooperation with Schoenherr, Wolf Theiss, Petrikić & Partners Law Office in cooperation with CMS, Harrisons Solicitors Law Office, BDK Attorney at Law, Joksović, Stojanović & Partners Law Office, Joint Law Office Marić & Mujezinović in cooperation with Kinstellar, Nikolić Kokanovic Otašević Law Office, Janković, Popović Mitić Law Office, Law Office Baklaja & Igrić, Dušan Sivčev Attorney at Law, Bojović & Partners Law Office, Tomić-Sinđelić-Groza Law Office, NST Law Office, Marko Vukićević Enforcement Office, Law Office Todorović, Blečić & Partners Law Office, Srđan Đorđević Attorney at Law, Law Office Andrić, Miodrag Jevtić Attorney at Law, Law Office Hrle and Aleksandar Todorović Attorney at Law.

 

 

March 2015 

VIII Belgrade Open Pre-Moot

Following the well attended VII Belgrade Arbitration Conference, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had the honor of hosting the eight annual Belgrade Open Pre-Moot tournament for the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, over the weekend of 21-22 March 2015. This year the Belgrade Open welcomed more than 600 participants – students, coaches, arbitrators – and gathered teams from 65 universities coming from 30 countries of the world: from North and South America, Europe and Asia to Australia and Oceania. In line with the trend from previous years, the Belgrade Open attracted great interest of law schools worldwide. Accordingly, the participant waiting list for the Pre-Moot was very long. By the number of participants, the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot grew into the world’s biggest pre-moot for the Willem C. Vis, and as a testament to the quality of the tournament leading experts in arbitration underlined its significance in further promotion of arbitral dispute settlement in their monographs (Jan Paulsson in “The Idea of Arbitration”), while the German publishing house C.H.Beck enlisted Belgrade Open Pre-Moot as one of the leading premoot tournaments in the world in their “Willem C. Vis Moot Guide”.

During the two days of pre-moot, more than 160 arbitration hearings took place in the seminar rooms of the Law Faculty and in the offices of Karanović/Nikolić law firm, Moravčević, Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Nikolić, Kokanović, Otašević law firm and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

The participants of the Pre-Moot had the opportunity to test the persuasiveness of their arguments before highly competent and renowned lawyers, arbitrators, judges, academics and other practitioners coming from all over the world. The success of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is further proven by the fact that this year 23 of the participating teams in Belgrade practice rounds qualified for the elimination rounds at the Moot in Vienna (top 64 universities). The Schedule of hearings can be downloaded here.

The sponsors of this event did their best to provide to the participants of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot not only with the necessary and thorough practice but also a rich social calendar. Thanks to the support provided, a welcome cocktail has been organized in the Bona Fides Faculty Lounge (El Derecho), Moravčević, Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr threw a traditional party for all the participants of the Pre-Moot in the unusual ambiance of the Allure Caramel Hotel (former Admiral Hotel), while the closing of the Belgrade Open took place in the authentic and pleasant atmosphere of Skadarlija bohemian quarter. A special evening cocktail organized for arbitrators preceded the opening of the Pre-Moot and was kindly hosted by Karanović/Nikolić law firm.

    

The successful organization of the eight Belgrade Open Pre-Moot tournament was generously supported by GIZ Open Regional Fund for SEE, the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Serbian Arbitration Association, law offices Karanović/Nikolić, Moravčević, Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Nikolić, Kokanović, Otašević law firm and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

 

VII Belgrade Arbitration Conference

The traditional gathering of world experts in the field of arbitration took place in Belgrade this spring. University of Belgrade Faculty of Law hosted the seventh Belgrade Arbitration Conference on 20 March 2015, an ever-growing trademark event of our law school with a constantly increasing number of participants. The conference panels this year discussed a selection of emerging topics in international arbitration law.

The opening ceremony commenced with the warm welcome by the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Sima Avramović, who expressed the great satisfaction for the fact that the Faculty of Law is organizing such a prestigious gathering once again, underlining the success the conference had in the previous years. The conference participants were also greeted by the President of the Organizing Committee, Professor Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, the acting President of the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (the oldest arbitral institution in the region) who singled out series of efforts invested by the Faculty of Law in promotion of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. On behalf of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), an honored partner in organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the participants of the conference were welcomed by Ms Caroline Bechtel who expressed her satisfaction with the cooperation with the host institution on organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference. Dr. Miroslav Paunović, President of the Serbian Arbitration Association, emphasized how highly important this event is for the legal community and the Association, and informed the participants of the recent developments in the field of arbitration in Serbia and the activities of the Serbian Arbitration Association in promotion of ADR. Finally, on behalf of the traditional partner in the organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, GIZ Open Regional Fund for SEE, Mr. Slobodan Šaric expressed both his satisfaction that the cooperation has been so fruitful in the past and hope that the joint ventures of this kind will continue in the years to come.

The work of the first panel – discussing some of the “burning” topics in arbitration – was chaired by Steven Finizio, partner in the London office of WilmeHale. The panelists discussed recently enacted IBA Guidelines on Party Representation, presented by Dr Stefan Riegler, partner in the Vienna office of Baker & McKenzie, issues of Security for Costs, presented by Dr Friedrich Rosenfeld from Hanefeld Attorneys at Law from Hamburg, issues of the role and authority of emergency arbitrators with examples from practice presented by Živa Filipič, legal counsel from ICC in Paris while the questions of Challenge of Interim Decisions were covered by Anna Masser, attorney from the LALIVE Zurich office.

The second panel focused on the issues of arbitral process and multi-party scenarios, including selected issues of multi-contract, joinder, non-signatory and post M&A disputes – and was chaired by Dr. Jelena Perović, Full Professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. The discussions evolved around presentations on tactic consent to arbitration by Milan Lazić, partner in Karanović/Nikolić law office from Belgrade, issues of jurisdiction in multiple-contract scenarios presented by Dr Florian Mohs, attorney in Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd from Zurich, topic of joinder and consolidation covered by Luka Krištović Blažević, counsel in White & Case LLP, Paris and post M&A disputes and accounting presented by Christoph Lindinger, partner in Schoenherr Vienna.

The conference gathered more than 250 participants from 30 different countries. As in the previous years, the organizing committee of this year’s arbitration conference was consisted of Professor Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, Professor Dr. Vladimir Pavić, Assistant Professor Dr. Milena Đorđević and Assistant Professor Dr. Marko Jovanović.

The organization of the conference was supported by GIZ Regional Open Fund for South East Europe, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), Serbian Arbitration Association, law offices WilmerHale from London, White & Case LLP from Paris and local law offices from Belgrade - Moravčević, Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr and Karanović/Nikolić.

 

February 2015

Belgrade mooties won the first place at all Munich rounds

In the course of their preparations for the participation at this years’ XXII Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law won the first place at the All Munich Rounds, a pre-moot competition organized at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich from 26th to 28th of February 2015. 

During the two days of competition, our students pleaded against the teams from the University of Freiburg, the University of Frankfurt, MGIMO University from Moscow, Sciences Po College from Paris, the University of Tubingen and Bucerius University. Among 19 teams from 11 countries our students won the first place after having been the prevailing team in each of the seven rounds of the competition. Our students scored more than 2 points in average than the second-ranked University of Maastricht and the third-ranked Bucerius University.

This years’ team of the University of Belgrade is comprised of the fourth-year students and the master students: Bojana Bilankov, Sanja Došen, Iva Ivanov, Anđela Mirković, Marija Momić, Stefan Nešić, Andrea Nikolić, Mitar Simonović, Tatjana Sofijanić, Marko Tešanović and Milica Tomić. Like in the previous twelve years, the team is coached by Professor Dr. Vladimir Pavić and Assistant Professor Dr. Milena Đorđević. The coaches of the team are assisted by Assistant Professor Dr. Marko Jovanović, as well as by the former Moot participants Marija Vićić, Milena Radosavljević, Igor Radovanović, Maja Dobrić, Miloš Vukotić and others, who are now master or doctoral students at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and work in the leading law firms in Belgrade.

Prior to All Munich Rounds, our students participated at the Swiss Day, the pre-moot tournament held in St. Gallen, Switzerland on the 6th and 7th February 2015. That was an opportunity for the members of the Belgrade team to engage in practice hearings against the best Swiss teams and gain the valuable experience necessary for improving their performance. Judging by the comments of the arbitrators, our students left an excellent impression. However, the formal ranking was left out since the tournament was not meant to have a competitive nature.

The next stage of preparations of our students shall take place in Milan on the 6th of March, at the pre-moot organized by the Milan Chamber of Arbitration (Camera arbitrale di Milano). Finally, the preparation process shall end at the same place where it began – in Belgrade, at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot, the world’s largest pre-moot tournament that will gather more than 60 teams from 32 countries on 21st and 22nd of March 2015.

 

April 2014

Great success of our students at the “Arbitration Olympics” in Vienna

After excellent performances at pre-moots in Milan, Munich and Belgrade, the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law came back from the XXI annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which took place from 11 to 17 April 2014 in Vienna, as one of the top eight universities in the world, thus securing the fifth place in the final ranking of the teams’ oral performances. This year’s strong competition – more than 2000 students coming from 290 law schools from 66 countries – makes the success of the team that represented our Faculty even greater. Additionally, the Memorandum for Claimant submitted by the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law received honorable mention and our student Igor Radovanović was also given honorable mention as one of the best speakers in the moot. In sum, our students continued the line of success that lasts for ten years in a row: qualification in the elimination rounds (2005-2013), third (2007) and fifth (2011) place in the final ranking in oral rounds, the award for the best Memorandum for Claimant (2013) and many honorable mentions for best memoranda and best individual oralists (2008-2013).

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VII Belgrade Open Pre-Moot

After organizing the well attended VI Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had the honor of hosting the seventh annual Belgrade Open Pre-Moot practice rounds for the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot on 5 and 6 April 2014. This year the Belgrade Open hosted more than 500 participants – students, coaches, arbitrators – and gathered the teams from 56 universities coming from 26 countries of the world: from North and South America, over Europe and Asia to Australia and Oceania. Like in previous years, the Belgrade Open attracted great interest of law schools worldwide. Consequently, the waiting list for the participation at the Pre-Moot was rather long. By the number of participants, the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot grew into the world’s biggest pre-moot for the Willem C. Vis Moot.

During the two days of pre-moot, more than 130 practice sessions took place in the seminar rooms of the Faculty and the offices of Karanović/Nikolić law firm, Nikolić, Kokanović, Otašević law firm and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. See Schedule of Hearings >>

The participants of the Pre-Moot had the opportunity to test the persuasiveness of their arguments before highly competent and renowned lawyers, arbitrators, judges, academics and other practitioners coming from all over the world. The success of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is further proven by the fact that this year one fourth of the teams that participated in Belgrade practice rounds qualified for the elimination rounds at the Moot in Vienna (top 64 universities), and two teams even made it to the quorterfinals.

     

The sponsors of this event did their best to provide to the participants of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot not only the practice sessions but also a rich social agenda. Thanks to their support a welcome cocktail has been organized in the Bona Fides Faculty Lounge (El Derecho). Additionally, the law firm Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr threw a big party for all the participants of the Pre-Moot in the KPGT theater close to the city’s newest tourist attraction – the Ada Bridge. The opening of the Pre-moot was preceded by the cocktail for arbitrators held in the offices of Karanović/Nikolić law firm.

     

The organization of the seventh Belgrade Open Pre-Moot would not have been possible without the generous support of our co-organizers: German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe, Serbian Arbitration Association and the law firms Karanović-Nikolić, Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, and Nikolić, Kokanović & Otašević, as well as the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia.

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Hearings at the Law Faculty >>

Hearings at the Karanović-Nikolić law firm >>

Hearings at the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia >>

Schönherr Party >>

 

VI Belgrade Arbitration Conference

The traditional gathering of world experts in the field of arbitration took place in Belgrade again this April. On 4 April 2014 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law  hosted the sixth Belgrade Arbitration Conference, one of the trademark events of this law school with an ever increasing number of participants. The topics discussed this year revolved around two defining factors of efficiency of arbitration proceedings – arbitrators’ powers and party autonomy (see Conference Program).

The opening ceremony begun with the words from the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Sima Avramovic, who reminded the participants of the success of the previous conferences and expressed his satisfaction at the fact that the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law is organizing again such a prestigious event. On behalf of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), an esteemed partner in organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the participants of the conference were welcomed by Ms. Caroline Bechtel, DIS Case Menager, who expressed her satisfaction with the cooperation with the host institution on organization of the Belgrade arbitration conference and Belgrade Open Pre-Moot. She also introduced the DIS services to the Conference participants highlighting its distinctive features.  In the name of the traditional partner  in the organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, GIZ Open Regional Fund for SEE, Ms. Adela Llatja took the floor and expressed her satisfaction that thecooperation on organization of these arbitration events has been so fruitful over the course of past seven years. Dr. Judith Knieper of UNCITRAL highlighted the role of UNCITRAL in the field of development of arbitration law and introduced the participants with the most recent developments in this area. Finally, Dr. Miroslav Paunovic, President of the Serbian Arbitration Association, expressed his satisfaction that the Serbian Arbitration Association has joined the pool of organizers of this highly important event and informed the participants of the recent developments in the field of arbitration in Serbia.

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March 2014

Successful preparations of our students for the Vienna Moot

In the course of their preparations for this year’s XXI annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law took part at pre-moot competitions in Milan and Munich. Belgrade Vis Moot team is comprised out of eight undergraduate and master students: Igor Radovanović, Kevin Bassney, Maja Dobrić, Marija Vićić, Milena Radosavljević, Milica Maričić, Miloš Vukotić and Vanja Djuričić. Professors Vladimir Pavić and Milena Djordjević are the head coaches of the team, like in the past eleven years.

The Milan pre-moot was organized by the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan on 28 February 2014. At this pre-moot our students met with their colleagues from Zurich, Catholic University of Milan and State University of Milan and left an excellent impression. They were ranked sixth out of 12 participating teams, with Turin University taking home the trophey. The team was accompanied by coach Uroš Živković.

This year’s tenth Munich Pre-Moot (All-Munich Rounds) was organized by the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and gathered 18 participating teams. During the two days of competition, our students had seven oral arguments with the students from Berlin, Rutgers, Basel, Passau, Munich, Freiburg and Kozminski University of Warsaw. In the end of All-Munich Rounds, University of Belgrade was awarded third prize for their overall performance, winning 6 out of 7 rounds and scoring an average grade only 0.7 points lower than the average grade of the first ranked team – Rutgers University fro the US. The team was accompanied by coach Marko Jovanović and assistant coach Dina Prokić.

The next stage of preparation of our students will be the traditional Belgrade Open Pre-Moot taking place at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law which will gather almost 60 teams from all parts of the world on 5 and 6 April 2014 as a final check-up before the Vienna Moot starts on 11 April.

Participation of our students either at these pre-moot tournaments or at the Vienna Moot finals would not have been possible had it not been for the generous support of our donors. The University of Belgrade Faculty of Law is using this opportunity to express its gratitude to: law firm Karanović-Nikolić, law firm Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, law firm Petrikić and partners, Wolf Theiss, Harrisons solicitors, Baklaja & Igrić law firm, Nikolić/Kokanović/Otašević law firm, Joksović, Stojanović and partners, law firm Tomić Stević Dulić, law firm Stanković and partners, law office Todorović, Dušan Sivčev, attorney-at-law, Miroslav Paunović, attorney-at-law, law office Andrić, Bar Association of Belgrade, Energoprojekt holding ad., Banca Intesa ad, Societe generale ad, JP Milan Gale Muškatirović and to private executor Mr. Marko Vukićević.

        

 

In memoriam

Gašo Knežević  (1953-2014)

Dr. Gašo Knežević, Professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and President of the Belgrade Arbitration Center, passed away in Belgrade on 14 March 2014. Professor Knežević spent most of his professional career teaching Private International Law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. Before embarking on his academic career, Professor Knežević worked at the District Commercial Court in Belgrade and was admitted to the bar. He returned to private practice once more in 2000, during his provisional absence from the University  - he resigned from his post to protest political influence in hiring and firing University teaching staff. Professor Knežević served and acted in a number of other capacities – he acted as arbitrator and president of the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce for many years, represented Serbia before the Arbitration Court at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, served as minister of education and sport in the period 2000-2004, was a member of the Parliament and Advisory Council for Legal Matters of the President of the Republic, served as Chief Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and High Representative of Serbia to the Mixed Standing Committee for Succession of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, member of the State Council for Private International Law and numerous working groups for drafting legislative acts in the fields of his expertise, examiner in the Bar Exam Jury and member of the National Council for High Education. Professor Knežević contributed profoundly to the development of theory and practice of Serbian and Yugoslav private international law, arbitration law, foreign direct investment law and alternative dispute resolution. He will be dearly remembered by his colleagues and students for his competence, erudition, moral and professional persistence and consistency, unique style of work, well-measured approach and modesty.

 

October 2013

Great success of our students at the FDI Moot

 

Once again the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law have achieved outstanding results at an international moot court competition. At this year’s annual Foreign Direct Investment Moot, which gathered sixty seven teams from twenty seven countries from all around the world, Belgrade team, comprised of Katarina Grga, Nikola Ilić, Dragana Nikolić, Dina Prokić, Anđelka Todorović and Bojana Todorović, and coached by Marko Jovanović and Uroš Živković, lecturers at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, won the award for the III best Claimant Memorial. Furthermore, our student, Bojana Todorović, was praised as one of the top 10 advocates of the Moot out of 200 student participants, receiving Honorable Mention for her performance in the oral part of the competition. The success of our students is particularly important as the top 3 memorials and counter-memorials, including the one submitted by the team of our students, will be published by the renowned TDM Journal (Transnational Dispute Management Journal). After the scores for memorial, counter-memorial and the overall qualification round points were calculated, the Belgrade team was ranked as the 8th Best University in the world, which in itself is a remarkable success bearing in mind the total number of participating universities.

The FDI Moot was organized by German Institution for Arbitration (DIS), in cooperation with the Frankfurt International Arbitration Center, and was held in Frankfurt in the period of October 24-26. The Moot Problem involved a hypothetical case in connection with an investment by a private investor in a foreign host state. The problem was particularly challenging as it encompassed some of the most debated issues of contemporary international investment law: scope and recoverability of moral damages in investment disputes, public health exceptions, abusive restructuring pertaining to treaty and forum shopping and creeping expropriation.

 

Announcement

Registration for the VII Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is now open! The Pre-moot will be held on April 5-6, 2014 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and will be preceded by the VI Belgrade Arbitration Conference, on 4 April 2014. All interested teams are welcome to attend both events free of charge.

Premoot & Conference

Please return the team registration form to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs  by February 1, 2014. We encourage you to register promptly as the number of participating teams is limited.

Registration is also open for arbitrators. Please return the arbitrator registration form by March 15, 2014 to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs  

 

May 2013

Belgrade Vis Moot Team awarded with the annual prize of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce

At the ceremony held on 27 May 2013 in the National Theater, the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce awarded the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law who won the first prize for the best memorandum submitted on behalf of the claimant at the 2013 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Our students and professors were awarded with the medallion “Beogradski pobednik” at the event traditionally organized by the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, honoring the most successful companies and individuals who achieved extraordinary results in commercial and industrial activities. Therefore, the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce recognized our students and their academic coaches as the ones who helped promoting our country and our economy abroad.

On behalf of the awarded team, Professor Vladimir Pavić addressed the audience at the ceremony and reminded that success requires talent, persistency and financial support. While our students were developing their talent and persistency, the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce and its members helped with the financial support. Professor Pavić thanked the president of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Milan Janković, and its members for their support and pointed out that the award of the Chamber commits our Faculty to keep on improving the results of its the students in the field of international trade law and commercial arbitration.  

 

Belgrade Mooties success in the Space Law arena

The team of students representing the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law took part in this year’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition organized at the Sapienza University of Rome, under the auspices of the European Center for Space Law from 8 to 12 May 2013. The Faculty of Law was represented by our students Boško Vojkić and Igor Radovanović, while the coaching of the team was vested within the competent hands of a former moot participant Ms. Adriana Minović – winner of the first place at the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court in Oxford in 2011.

space law team 2013

Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestigious global moot court competitions that has been organized for over 20 years in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. The European regional rounds in Rome accepted 15 teams this year, including the team of our students, while other participants came from Russia, Poland, Germany and Benelux countries. The students from the Master of Law program in Aerial and Space Law from the Leiden University in Netherlands were the overall winners of the regional competition and qualified themselves for the world finals to be held in Beijing.

The competition encompasses two parts: oral and written. The students are expected to prepare the written memorials for both Claimant and Respondent and then argue orally before the renowned experts in space law, in a mock trial before the International Court of Justice. The Problem this year encompassed pending issues of Public International Law and Space Law, including the legal regime of space, adoption of international documents in this area and issues of utilizing and exploring space objects and correlated issues of damages and liability.

Despite the fact that the Faculty of Law took part in this Competition for the first time this year and that our undergraduate students were up against their colleagues attending specialized graduate programs in Space and Aerial Law, the team achieved great success. Aside from the fifth place in the overall team ranking, the oral arguments of our students were graded as the best in all of Europe, while only a point of difference would have placed them in the very finals. Moreover, Boško Vojkić who won the title of the best oralist on the competition received both a monetary award and selected publications in the field of Space Law from the organizers while some of the professors from renowned European universities scouted our students for taking part in the graduate courses in the field, after completing their studies at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law.

The Faculty of Law would like to use this opportunity and give special thanks to the City of Belgrade and the European Center for Space Law (ECSL) who financially supported our team in attending the competition in Rome, while students would like to thank Assistant Professor Dr. Ivana Krstić for her kind help and invaluable instructions that contributed immensely to the success achieved at the Competition.

 

April 2013

The Minister of Education receives the award-winning team

On 15 April 2013, the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia Dr. Žarko Obradović organized a reception for the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law who won the award for the best Memorandum on behalf of the Claimant at this year’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. Apart from the students, the academic coaches of the team Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Milena Đorđević and Lecturer Marko Jovanović, the Dean Prof. Dr. Sima Avramović, the Vice-Dean Prof. Dr. Vladan Petrov and the Secretary-General of the Faculty Mr. Miljko Valjarević also attended the reception.

Minister Obradović told to the students that their success represents a strong proof not just of their remarkable personal competences but also of the high quality of education received at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. “Your success is also important for the ranking of the University of Belgrade among other European universities. You represented our country and our higher educational system in the best possible way”, the Minister said.  

 Expressing his gratitude for this reception, the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Sima Avramović, emphasized that this achievement of our students clearly speaks against a popular belief that the law students can graduate from the Faculty without being able to draft a claim. Satisfied with the success of our students and the attention that this success managed to attract, the Dean added that new forms of practical skills are constantly being introduced in the curriculum. 

As a present from the Minister, each student received a book and a seven-day accommodation in Students’ Guest House in Zlatibor. 

 

Our students’ continued success at the Moot court competitions

 

In the period of March 29 - April 6, 2013, a team of University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, comprised of students: Stefan Dragojević, Katarina Grga, Nina Janković and Branislav Radović, and coached by a Fulbright scholar Prof. Paul Carrier, took part in one of the most renowned moot court competitions in the world - the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C., and returned from the US with excellent results. The written memorials of our students scored 86 out of max. 100 points, and two members of the team, Nina Janković and Branislav Radović, were ranked amongst the 100 top speakers in the international rounds amongst 500 student participants. Such a remarkable results secured our team’s high overall placement – they were ranked 57th  in the competition of 575 teams from over 80 different countries. Although our students have in the past participated in the national competition for the Jessup Moot, this was the first time that our Faculty and the University of Belgrade were represented in the international rounds taking place in Washington, D.C.

 

    

The Jessup Moot is an advocacy competition for law students. It was named after a U.S. representative for the International Court of Justice in The Hague. It is the largest moot court competition, as well as the oldest with a focus on international law. The Competition requires teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations. The Compromis is the springboard for the Jessup Competition. Written by leading scholars of international law, the Compromis is a compilation of agreed upon facts about the dispute that is submitted for adjudication to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). After the Compromis is released, students begin researching and preparing arguments for both sides of the dispute, drafting and editing written pleadings, called “Memorials”, and practicing oral presentations. Each team prepares two written memorials and two 45-minute oral presentations, one for each party to the dispute (the “Applicant” and the “Respondent”). Teams argue four times alternately as Applicant and Respondent against competing teams before a panel of judges, simulating a proceeding before the International Court of Justice.

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President Nikolić receives the winning Belgrade team

 

On 5 April 2013, the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolić has received a team of students and professors of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, who have recently returned from Vienna with an award for the best memorandum on behalf of the claimant at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

President of Serbia spoke highly of Belgrade law students’ efforts and the efforts of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law on promotion of Serbia abroad and complimented them for the high quality of legal education they confirmed. He wished them all the success in future vocational training and professional career. The students have, in return, offered a T-shirt from the Vis Moot to the President as a small token of appreciation for his support and long-lasting reminder of this great achievement for Serbian academic and legal community.

 

Minister Selaković receives the winning team of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law

Minister of Justice and Public Administration, Mr. Nikola Selaković, received today in the building of the Government of the Republic of Serbia the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law who won the first place in the competition for the Pieter Sanders award, which is bestowed to the University that drafts the best memorandum on behalf of the claimant at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The competition was particularly strong this year, as the Vis Moot gathered more than 2000 students coming from 290 law schools and representing 66 countries.

“The success that you achieved on behalf of the Faculty of Law and the University of Belgrade as a whole has a historic importance”, the Minister said. Furthermore, the Minister expressed his hope that this achievement will help the University of Belgrade improve its ranking at the Shanghai list of the world’s top 500 universities. Mr. Selaković put a special emphasis on the fact that, by winning this award, the students continued in the best possible way the beautiful tradition of support to moot court competitions established by the previous management of our Faculty and continued by the current Dean and his team.

In his conversation with the students, Minister Selaković thanked them for having represented Serbia in the best possible light in the field of science and education. This is particularly important, said the Minister, since the quality of education of our students at the universities throughout the country will directly determine the development of Serbia. 

Minister Selaković congratulated the academic coaches of our winning team and the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Sima Avramović, and reminded of the efforts put by the previous Dean and his teams in the development of the “mooting tradition” at our Faculty. The Minister also used this occasion to announce his plans to reinforce the human resources of the Ministry of Justice, the courts and the offices of State Prosecutor and Public Attorney with well-trained and competent young lawyers.

The Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Avramović, said that our students broke the well-established prejudice according to which the students of the public law schools cannot draft a plea. “You wrote the best Claimant’s Memorandum in the world and proved to all ill-minded that they were wrong”, the Dean said.     

The Rector of the University of Belgrade, Professor Dr. Vladimir Bumbaširević said that the success of our law students is a clear proof of the excellent quality of legal education at the University of Belgrade and of the remarkable competence of its teaching staff. The Rector reminded that as much as 49 universities from the USA took part at the competition. This group includes the prestigious universities of Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Other famous universities, such as Oxford, also participated. Unlike the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, all these law schools conduct the classes in English, which makes the success of our students even more remarkable.  

 

March 2013

Belgrade Vis Moot Team wins first prize at the Willem C. Vis Moot

 

University of Belgrade Faculty of Law team has won the first place for Claimant Memorandum (Pieter Sanders Аward for the Best Memorandum for Claimant) at the 20th Willem C Vis international Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. The competition took place from 21 to 28 March 2013. The competition gathered over 2000 students from more than 290 Universities from 66 countries. In addition to the highest honor for their Claimant Memorandum, our students also received an honorable mention for reaching final rounds of oral competition (Frédéric Eisemann Award for Team Orals – Finalist).

The team this year consisted of final year and master students: Maša Mikovič, Andrijana Mišović, Dragana Nikolić, Dina Prokić and Dejan Sivčev, while Vladimir Bošković, Marija Bućković and Tamara Momirov took part in preparation of the Claimant Memorandum. The coaching of students was conducted by Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavić and Ass. Prof. Dr. Milena Đorđević, assisted by our Faculty lecturers Marko Jovanović and Uroš Živković. Further support in preparation of our students was heartily provided by other Faculty members and former moot participants.

The Willem C. Vis Moot consists in solving a hypothetical problem dealing with arbitration and international sale of goods. This year’s problem involved, among other things, the issues related to the admissibility of a written witness statement in cases when witness is unavailable for an oral hearing, the choice of applicable law and the scope of party autonomy principle in relation to freedom of form provisions in the CISG as well as the issues pertaining to ethical quality of the goods of a manufacturer who used child labor in one of its facilities despite the contractually agreed requirements of “highest ethical standard” in conduct of its business.

The Moot consists of two parts. The first one is preparation and submission of written memoranda prior to the oral hearings. There are two memoranda to be written: one for the Claimant, the other for the Respondent.  Writing of the memoranda usually takes about five months.  The second phase involves preparation for presentation of oral arguments before a three-member arbitration panel. During the general rounds in Vienna, each team has four hearings, appearing two times on behalf of claimant and two times on behalf of respondent. At each hearing, speakers (two per team) are graded by a panel of  three arbitrators. At the end of the fourth day of general rounds, each team has 24 grades and the ranking list of all the participating teams is drawn. The best 64 teams (out of 290 that took part in the competition) are then divided into 32 pairs and they proceed to elimination rounds.

During the first four days of qualification rounds our students competed against the teams from England (Honorable Society of the Middle Temple), Ireland (Trinity College, Dublin), Hong Cong (University of Hong Kong) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen). For the ninth year in a row, University of Belgrade team advanced to the elimination rounds. Such consistency is unique and apart from our Faculty only the team of the (West Benghal) National University of Juridical Sciences from Kolkata has managed to keep the same level of consistent excellence in the past nine years.

In the elimination rounds, our team performed excellently, but – in a very close encounter – the team of University of Dusseldorf prevailed. The tradition of achieving great results in this prestigious competition has thus been continued this year as well, and Belgrade was listed among the top world centers for arbitration and legal education.

The University of Belgrade Faculty of Law would like to use this opportunity to once again express its gratitude to all the institutions and individuals who helped the preparation of our students through their generous donations. Apart from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the pool of this year’s donors consists of: Banca Intesa, Hemofarm Foundation, Energoprojekt, Societe Generale Bank; and the following law firms: Karanović-Nikolić, Moravcević-Vojnović & Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, CMS Belgrade, Wolf Theiss, Harrison Solicitors, Janković Popović Mitić, Baklaja & Igrić, Nikolić-Kokanović-Otasević, Živković & Samardzić, Josković, Stojanović & Partners, Mikijelj-Janković & Bogdanović, Tomić Stević Dulić, Nenad Stanković &Partners, Kinstellar, Blečić and Partners, Law Office Todorović, Luka and Rajna Andrić, Miroslav Paunović, Đorđe Đurišić, Miodrag Jevtić as well as the Belgrade Bar Association, Petošević d.o.o., Buck and LG Hemija.

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VI Belgrade Open Pre-Moot

Premoot & Conference

After organizing the well attended V Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had the honor of hosting the sixth annual Belgrade Open Pre-Moot practice rounds for the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot on 16 and 17 March 2013. This year the Belgrade Open hosted more than 500 participants – students, coaches, arbitrators – and gathered the teams from 47 universities coming from 27 countries of the world: from North and South America, over Europe and Asia to Australia and Oceania. Like in previous years, the Belgrade Open attracted great interest of law schools worldwide. Consequently, the waiting list for the participation at the Pre-Moot was rather long. By the number of participants, the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot grew into the world’s biggest pre-moot for the Willem C. Vis Moot.

During the two days of pre-moot, more than 130 practice sessions took place in the seminar rooms of the Faculty and the offices of Karanović/Nikolić law firm, Nikolić, Kokanović, Otašević law firm and American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. See Schedule of Hearings >>

The participants of the Pre-Moot had the opportunity to test the persuasiveness of their arguments before highly competent and renowned lawyers, arbitrators, judges, academics and other practitioners coming from all over the world. The success of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is further proven by the fact that this year more than one fourth of the teams that participated in Belgrade practice rounds qualified for the elimination rounds at the Moot in Vienna (top 64 universities), held in the last week of March 2013.

The sponsors of this event did their best to provide to the participants of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot not only the practice sessions but also a rich social agenda. Thanks to their support a welcome cocktail has been organized in the Bona Fides Faculty Lounge (El Derecho). Additionally, the law firm Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr threw a big party for all the participants of the Pre-Moot in the former shopping center “Kluz”. The Tourist Organization of Belgrade hosted the closing ceremony at the Belgrade City Hall and presented the main tourist attractions of the Serbian capital. The opening of the Pre-moot was preceded by the cocktail for arbitrators held in the offices of Karanović/Nikolić law firm.

The organization of the sixth Belgrade Open Pre-Moot would not have been possible without the generous support of our co-organizers: German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe, Tourist Organization of Belgrade, the City of Belgrade and the law firms Karanović-Nikolić, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, CMS Belgrade and Nikolić, Kokanović & Otašević, Moravčević.

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Cocktail for Arbitrators >>

Hearings at the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia>>

Hearings at the Karanović-Nikolić law firm>>

Hearings at the Law Faculty>>

Schönherr Party>>

Closing ceremony at the City Hall>>

Pre-Moot video>>

 

V Belgrade Arbitration Conference

This March Belgrade has yet again been the center of gathering of numerous renowned experts in the field of international commercial arbitration. Namely, on 15 March 2013 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has hosted the fifth Belgrade Arbitration Conference, an event which has now grown into a tradition. After a very successful outcome of the previous conferences in the past four years and an increasing interest of international professionals in the field, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has co-organized this year’s conference with the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), GIZ Regional Open Fund for SEE and the Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The organization of the conference was generously supported by the numerous law firms: Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Karanović-Nikolić, BDK Attorneys, CMS Belgrade, Wilmer Hale, White & Case, Hogan Lovells. The work of the conference was endorsed by UNCITRAL, Queen Mary School of International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. The conference gathered more than 300 participants from 30 different countries, and eleven esteemed panelists, renowned practitioners and professors from the filed of arbitration law, discussed the theoretic and practical implications of the current issues of international commercial arbitration (See Conference Program).

The opening ceremony begun with the words from the vice-dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law in charge of scientific work, Professor Dr. Slobodan Marković, who reminded the participants of the success of the previous conferences and expressed his satisfaction at the fact that the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law is organizing again such a prestigious event. On behalf of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the new co-organizer of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, the participants of the conference were welcomed by Professor Dr. Klaus Peter Berger, Chairman of the Board of DIS. Professor Berger conveyed his feeling of honor because of the participation of the DIS in the organization of this year’s Belgrade Arbitration Conference. He expressed his hope that the cooperation between the DIS and the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law shall be long-lasting and fruitful. In the name of the traditional partner of our Faculty in the organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, GIZ Open Regional Fund for SEE, Dr. Judith Knieper took the floor. Dr. Knieper talked about the development of the idea of organizing this event and called upon new partners to join the organizing team, since GIZ is progressively moving out due to the fact that the project which enabled the financial support of the Open Regional Fund to the organization of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference is to end. Finally, on behalf of the Center for International Legal Education of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Professor Ronald Brand addressed the participants. Professor Brand shared his satisfaction because of the increasing interest that the Belgrade Arbitration Conference is attracting and the long lasting fruitful cooperation with University of Belgrade. Via video-link Ms. Monica Canafoglia of UNCITRAL wished to the participants a successful conference, emphasizing the importance of the topics that are annually covered at this event.

The topics of the conference were divided into two panels: the first one, chaired by Professor Dr. Klaus Peter Berger, focused on the tension between due process and efficiency in international arbitration, while the second, chaired by Professor Loukas Mistelis, discussed the problems of the taking of evidence in international commercial arbitration. The panelists in the first session were Mr. Franz Schwarz, partner at Wilmer Hale in London, Dr. Judith Knieper of GIZ and Mr. Karl Poernbacher, partner at Hogal Lovells in Munich. The panelists in the second session were Ms. Nataša Lalatović, attorney at Moravčević, Vojnović and partners in cooperation with Schoenherr, Mr. Luka Krištović Blažević, associate at White & Case in Paris, Dr. Tijana Kojović, partner at BDK attorneys and Mag. Daniela Karollus-Brunner, partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Vienna. Furthermore, during the conference two UNCITRAL digests were presented: UNCITRAL Digest on Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration by Dr. Stefan Kröll, honorary professor at the Buccerius University in Hambuer, and UNCITRAL Digest on United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods by Prof. Harry Flechtner from University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The high quality of the Conference was confirmed by lengthy debates after each panel, which were continued in the Faculty lounge El Derecho during the cocktail organized on the occasion of this event.

As in the previous years, the organizing committee of this year's arbitration conference was consisted of Professor Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, Professor Dr. Gašo Knežević, Professor Dr. Vladimir Pavić, Assistant Professor Dr. Milena Đorđević and lecturers Marko Jovanović and Uroš Živković.

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Video Proceedings of the Conference >>

Photo Gallery >>

 

Success of the Belgrade University Team at the European Law Moot Court Competition

The Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade for the first time took part in the most prestigious international moot court competition in the EU law – European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC). The Competition was held for the 25th time this year.

The competition represents a simulation of process before the European Court of Justice and it has three stages. The competition is bilingual. Contestants are expected to present their arguments and answer questions in both English and French. In the first stage, all the teams submit their written memorials for applicant and defendant. More than 120 teams participated in this stage. This phase is eliminatory. On the basis of the quality of their memorials, 48 teams were selected to compete in the regional finals. Four regional finals are held each year at different universities around the world. This year’s regional finals took place in Lund, Leiden, Neuchâtel and Brussels. There were 12 teams in each regional final and only the winners proceed to the final part of the competition. The final stage is the All European Finals, which is held each year in Luxembourg, in the premises of the European Court of Justice. Each team has three oralists, the applicant, the defendant and the third team member taking the role of a European Commission representative or an advocate-general. Which role will a team member will play is decided by lot. Third contestant competes and can proceed to next rounds independently of the rest of the team.

The Belgrade University team qualified to regional finals on the basis of their written submissions. Regional finals took place in Brussels from 28th February to 2nd March. All 12 teams had three qualification rounds. Based on their result, four teams (applicants and defendants) and four Commission Representatives proceeded to elimination rounds. A member of the Belgrade University team competing in the category of Commission Representative, Vanja Djuricic, qualified for the semifinals. Moreover, in her category, this actually represented the last round. It was decided on the basis of this round which of the four contestants will proceed to the All European Finals in Luxembourg.

The Competition organizers and judges commended our team for what represents an exceptional result for a debutant team. Furthermore, the success of our team is even greater if we take into account that only our team members were undergraduate students, while all the other teams consisted of students taking master courses in the EU law.

The main legal issues at the competition were, inter alia, the application of the EU law in the field of protection of the competition, conflict of international agreements concluded by the Member States prior to their accession to the EU with the EU law, characteristics a body must have in order to be considered a court or a tribunal in the sense of the EU law, as well as the issue of the duty of certain judicial instances to request preliminary ruling of the ECJ for interpretation of certain norms of the EU law.

Travel, accommodation and participation fee was fully covered by the Delegation of the EU in the Republic of Serbia. Such a significant result would have never been achieved without their generous support. We use this opportunity to express them again our sincere gratitude.

The team members of the Belgrade University were Dejan Vulovic, Vanja Djuricic, Minja Djokic and Sonja Radovic. The team was coached by Vuk Cucic.

 

February 2013

Belgrade Vis Moot Team Excels at the European Tour

The moot spring season on the occasion of XX Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot started off with great success of our students on pre-moot tournaments in Basel, Freiburg, Milan and Dusseldorf. Competing against teams from Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and numerous other countries, our students showcased great advocacy talent and ability to think on feet by pleading before arbitration experts from Europe – and got high praise from their peers and other participants.

After preparatory rounds in Basel Pre-Moot held from 9 to 10 February 2013, the team of our students – Andrijana Mišović, Dragana Nikolić, Dina Prokić and Dejan Sivčev – accompanied by Marko Jovanović, lecturer at the Faculty of Law, continued the mooting experience on a friendly pre-moot match organized by the University of Freiburg on 11 and 12 February 2013. The hospitality of our Freiburg hosts matched the excellence of Freiburg team’s mooting skills and profound knowledge of international sales law and arbitration for which they are globally known for as long as the Vis Moot exists.

           

 

Our students continued their preparations for the Vienna Moot at VI Milan Pre-Moot organized by the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan on 22 February 2013, where the Belgrade team scored the second place winning over Universities from Milan, Lausanne, Fribourg, Pavia, Turin, Genoa and Paris. After three rounds of intense legal battle, the first place on the Pre-Moot went to Heidelberg University – which took home the championship position by scoring the biggest number of points. The students were accompanied in Milan by their coach Doc. Dr Milena Đorđević, Assistant Professor at the Belgrade Faculty of Law and assistant-coach Uroš Živković, lecturer at the Faculty. See a short video on Milan Pre-Moot>> http://www.youimpresa.it/video/camera-news/vi-edition-milan-pre-moot

Prior to pleading in the official rounds in the Milan Pre-Moot, our students had a great opportunity to be part of informal arbitration hearings against the team from the Bocconi University. The previous years of successful moot participation in Milan and Belgrade have strengthen the ties between the students and coaches of Belgrade and Bocconi teams that are keeping the tradition of annual mooting, elevating the overall level of this unique learning experience.

Finally, the Belgrade pre-moot tour ended in Dusseldorf, where the students, accompanied by Marko Jovanović, attended the CEAC Pre-Moot Competition and tested their legal arguments and advocacy skills against teams from Germany. The overall impression of the arbitrators and competing teams was that Belgrade, once again, has a great team of exceptional students that unambiguously showed that quality of education obtained at our Faculty stands equal to the level and quality of education offered at top European universities.  

The final touch to Belgrade team’s preparation will be given at our own Belgrade Open Pre-Moot that will take place from 15-17 March 2013 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. The Pre-Moot will gather 45 teams from 26 different countries during these three days of friendly legal battles with the aim to enable them to shine on their path to Vienna finals.

 

Announcement

Premoot & Conference

Registration for the VI Belgrade Open Pre-Moot for the teams is now closed!

The Pre-moot will be held on March 16-17, 2013 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and will be preceded by the V Belgrade Arbitration Conference, on 15 March 2013.  All interested teams are welcome to attend both events free of charge.

Registration is still open for arbitrators. Please return the arbitrator registration form by March 1, 2013 to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs

On-line registration for the V Belgrade Arbitration Conference is now open! For more information on the event see >>

December 2012

South East Europe Rounds of the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition

In the period of 14-16 December 2012, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had the honor of organizing the regional moot court competition – South East Europe Rounds of the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition in cooperation with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. 

The SEE Rounds gathered more than 70 participants, students and judges, from eight countries of the region – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The regional rounds served as a qualification tournament for the finals in Oxford in April 2013. Teams of seven universities competed: University of Belgrade, University of Nis, University of Sarajevo, University of Skopje, University of Sofia (UNWE), University of Zagreb and University of Zenica. The top three teams advancing to the International Rounds in Oxford are University of Zagreb, University of Nis and University of Sarajevo. The team of the University of Belgrade, despite victory over University of Zagreb, the overall winner, in the qualification rounds, as well as prizes for best memorials – runner-up and best oralist – runner-up (Igor Radovanovic), did not qualify for the finals in Oxford.

The judges at the competition were media law experts – media lawyers, scholars, researchers and regulators, both from Serbia and the SEE region. Quality of judges can be best displayed by the bench in the final round – two judges of the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Dragoljub Popović, judge from Serbia and Margarita Tzatza Nikolovska, former Macedonian judge of ECHR, now working as the international judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as renowned media lawyers from Croatia, Vesna Alaburić, Bulgaria, Alexander Kachamov and Serbia, Slobodan Kremenjak.

Organization of the SEE Rounds in Belgrade and travel and stay of top three ranked teams in Oxford was financially supported by the Internews Network, Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information, Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia and OSCE Mission in Serbia.

The members of the Organizing Board of the Belgrade tournament were: Professor Monroe Price, the founder of the Moot (president), Prof. Sima Avramović, Dean of the Belgrade Law Faculty, Dr. Nicole Stremlau, coordinator of the PCMLP and a researcher at the University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and assistant professors of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law – Dr. Miloš Živković and Dr. Milena Đorđević, whereas a person who has invested most time and energy in planning and organizing the event is the executive secretary of the Board – Vuk Cucić, lecturer at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and a former coach of the Belgrade team which won the first place at the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot in 2011.

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See Brochure of the Regional rounds in Belgrade >>

 

October 2012

  • Announcement

Registration for the VI Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is now open! The Pre-moot will be held on March 16-17, 2013 at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law and will be preceded by the V Belgrade Arbitration Conference, on 15 March 2013.  All interested teams are welcome to attend both events free of charge.

Please return the team registration form to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs by February 1, 2013. The number of participating teams is limited. Registrations will be confirmed on the first come-first served basis!

Registration is now open for arbitrators too. Please return the arbitrator registration form by February 1, 2013 to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs

Last year 13 teams (out of 36) that took part in  the V Belgrade Open Pre-Moot qualified for the final rounds in Vienna. Come and see why!

 

April 2012

Vis Moot Team in the News

Students of the Vis Moot team that represented University of Belgrade Faculty of Law at the XIX annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which took place from 31 March to 5 April 2012 in Vienna, were guests of the RTS 1 Morning program on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 and RTS 2 Serbia on line on Sunday, 22 April 2012. See>>

Great success of our students at the “Arbitration Olympics” in Vienna

 

After winning the Pre-Moot in Milan and being awarded runner-up at the Pre-Moot in Madrid, as well as having achieved excellent results at non-competitive pre-moots in Munich and Belgrade, the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law came back from the XIX annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which took place from 31 March to 5 April 2012 in Vienna, with seven awards – three of them being awarded to the entire team and four of them being individual. Only the University of Freiburg (Germany) managed to achieve such a large number of awards at this year’s competition. This year’s strong competition – 282 teams from 67 countries – makes the success of the team that represented our Faculty even greater.

The Willem C. Vis Moot consists in solving a hypothetical problem dealing with arbitration and international sale of goods. This year’s problem involved the following issues: the possibility challenge to the legal counsel on the basis of close professional and personal ties with the chairman of the arbitration tribunal pursuant to the Rules of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), legal consequences of belated delivery of goods, exemption of liability, compensation of damages for the loss of goodwill and effects of corruption to the recoverability of damages.

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March 2012

Participation of our students at the V Price Moot in Oxford

 

The Belgrade Law Faculty team, after winning the last year competition, participated at the Fifth Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition, held in Oxford from 21 to 24 March 2012. Aside from the final round held in Oxford, Competition included two regional rounds, in India, for the universities from the South-East Asia and Qatar, for the Middle East universities, as well as one national round in Afghanistan. 54 teams from 21 countries from five continents competed in total. 33 teams qualified to the final round in Oxford on the basis of their written memorials and results in the qualification rounds.

During the qualification rounds our students competed against the teams from Nigeria, England and India.Despite two victories, our team did not proceed to the quarterfinals. Although they were equal in the oral presentations, the team of the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India, the overall winner of the Competition, won on the basis of the points gained for written memoranda. Out team was in the end ranked 14th.

The students that represented University of Belgrade Faculty of Law at the Price Moot Competition were: Katarina Zarkovic, Tamara Momirov, Marko Zivanovic, Bogdan Basara, Tijana Radovanovic and Dejan Vulovic. Team was coached by lecturer Vuk Cucic.

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V Belgrade Open Pre-moot

              

The last weekend of March this year was scheduled for a traditional Belgrade Open Pre-Moot, the pre-moot competition organized on the occasion of the biggest world moot competition in International Commercial Arbitration and International Sale of Goods, Willem C. Vis, that will be held for the 19th time this year in Vienna. The Faculty of Law University of Belgrade has been organizing this pre-moot ever since 2008 in cooperation with GIZ Open Regional Fund for South East Europe, and this year we marked a small but significant milestone – the fifth anniversary of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot. In the past few years, Belgrade Pre-Moot has grown to be the biggest pre-moot for Willem C. Vis in Europe with over 400 participants – arbitrators, coaches and students from 37 Universities and 26 different states from around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America (see Schedule of hearings and List of arbitrators). As in the past, the Pre-moot was preceded by the Belgrade Arbitration Conference. For more information on the inception of the Belgrade Open pre-moot and how its participants perceive it see >>

Apart from the great number of participants, one of the main features of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is outstanding quality of preparatory hearings since participants at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot are regularly ranked among the top ten in Vienna. On the other hand, the fact that there are so many universities interested in this pre-moot is another evidence of quality of the competition itself. Namely, due to limited capacity, more than ten universities that wanted to come to Belgrade could not have been included in the final list of participants since the spots were filled on “first-come-first-served” basis.

The pre-moot was officially opened in a ceremony held at the amphitheater Radomir Lukić, followed by a cocktail for all the participants in Bonafides lounge (El Derecho) sponsored by the law offices that supported the event.

In period of two days, on 24 and 25 March 2012, more than 100 arbitration hearings took place. Having in mind that this supersedes the venue capacities of the Faculty of Law, several hearings were held in the premises of Karanovic-Nikolic Law Office and AmCham Belgrade, co-organizers of this event.

         

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IV Belgrade Arbitration Conference

Belgrade has once again, traditionally, gathered numerous renowned names in international commercial arbitration on the occasion of the IV Belgrade Arbitration Conference that took place on 23 March 2012. After a very successful outcome of the previous conferences in the past three years and an increasing interest of international professionals in the field, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has gathered – with a great support from German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), GIZ Regional Open Fund for SEE, Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Serbia and Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce – more than 300 participants from all over the world including ten distinguished international experts that served as panelists on topics related to issues of crime and ethics in international arbitration proceedings and regional and national flavor in international commercial arbitration. See Conference Program>>

The conference was opened by the Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, who welcomed all the guests and participants, underlying the constant dedication of our Faculty to maintain organization of international scientific, academic and professional gatherings in field of arbitration, stressing its importance for the modern business age. Additionally, the Dean has also thanked the GIZ Regional Open Fund for SEE for the longstanding support they provided in the past years as well as informed all the participants that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and the Faculty of Law, through which DIS will officially join the team of organizers of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference. The praise went to all the other sponsors of the event that significantly contributed to a successful outcome of the Conference. Finally, the Dean has announced the V Belgrade Arbitration Conference, hoping to see all the participants from this year coming back to Belgrade in spring 2013.

Participants have also been welcomed by the Chairman of the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration, Professor Dr. Gašo Knežević as well as the representative of the GIZ Regional Open Fund for SEE, Dr. Judith Knieper, the General Secretary of the German Institution of Arbitration Jens Bredow and Ms. Milena Djordjević - the Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Belgrade Arbitration Conference.

 

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Regional Round Table on Alternative Resolution of Commercial Disputes

In cooperation with the German Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe (GIZ), the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has hosted a regional round table on alternative resolution of commercial disputes. The round table was held on 24 March 2012. The purpose of the round table was to evaluate the reforms in the field of arbitration law, commercial mediation and gender balance in these areas that were put in place in the countries of the West Balkans. The participants of the round table also discussed the level of harmonization of the laws on arbitration and mediation in force in the region with the relevant provisions of model-laws adopted under the auspices of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) . the round table was chaired by Dr. Judith Knieper from GIZ ORF and the members of the Board were Dr. Fabian von Schlabrendorf, partner at Cliford Chance law firm in Frankfurt, and Mr. Jens Bredow, Secretary-General of the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS). The meeting was attended by Dr. Jernej Sekolec, former Secretary-General of UNCITRAL and current vice-president of the London Court of International Arbitration. The rapporteurs were professors and lecturers of the law faculties from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia. The national report for Serbia and Montenegro was submitted Mr. Marko Jovanovic, lecturer at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. Ms. Milena Djordjevic, lecturer at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, also participated at the meeting and took part in the discussion about the topics that were on agenda. The participants of the meeting acknowledged and showed high appreciation for the efforts that the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law put in popularization of arbitration and mediation by including these subjects in the curriculum, preparing the students for moot court competitions, organizing the Belgrade Arbitration Conference and the fifth Belgrade Open Pre-Moot.   

 

Another success of our students

On yet another pre-moot tournament on the occasion of XIX Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition Moot, held from 20 to 21 March 2012 in Madrid, Spain, the team from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade ranked second competing against 15 teams from 11 countries from Europe, Latin America and Australia. Winning round after round in the qualifications, our students climbed their way to the finals where they met, for the second year in a row with the team from Wellington University, New Zealand. This year, the New Zealanders came out as winners in this encounter, and our students secured the elite position of the prestigious pre-moot’s Vice Champions.

The team from our Faculty is persistantly excellent in various pre-moot tournaments prior to the Vienna finals every year, and the Madrid tournament was no exception. After winning the Milan pre-moot and two second places at Munich and Madrid, the last stop for our students before the Vienna finals will be this weekend, in their hometown - Belgrade (24 and 25 March 2012), when the V Belgrade Open Pre-Moot will gather 36 teams from 25 different countries from around the globe to match their advocacy skills and prepare for the upcoming Willem C. Vic International Commercial Competition Moot.

Dealing with all the pre-moot challenges of this year, the Faculty team represented our University in Madrid comprised of final year and master students: Jelena Arsić, Stefan Golubović, Mina Srećković, Anja Tasić and Anđelka Todorović.

 

Visit to National Bank of Serbia

The members of the team that will represent the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law at the 19th annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Mirko Vasiljević, Prof. Dr. Gašo Knežević, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavić and lecturers Milena Đorđević and Marko Jovanović visited the National Bank of Serbia on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

The students first visited the Museum of the National Bank, were they had a chance to discover the importance and the rich past of this institution. After the visit to the Museum, the students and their professors were received by the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, Prof. Dr. Dejan Šoškić, and his associates: Ms. Ljiljana Veljić, Manager of the Compliance and Operational Risk Control Department, Mr. Mirko Petrović, General Manager of the Legal Department, Prof. Dr. Jelena Perović, consultant for international contracts to the Governor and Mr. Andrej Jankovic, assistant for legal and economic affairs to the Governor.

During the reception, the Governor Šoškić evoked the links between law and economics and commended the activities of our Faculty in the field of promotion of legal education and due representation of our country abroad. On behalf of the Faculty of Law, the Dean Prof. Dr. Mirko Vasiljević thanked the Governor Šoškić for the support of the National Bank of Serbia to the preparation of our team and emphasized that our Faculty is truly honored by this reception. Our students briefly introduced the Governor and his associates to the plan of their preparations for the Moot and explained what challenges they will face in a couple of weeks in Vienna.

At the end of the reception, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Mirko Vasiljević presented the Governor Šoškić with the tokens of gratitude of our Faculty for the help and support of the National Bank and invited the Governor to take part at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot that will take place next week-end at our Faculty. The Governor and his associates thanked our students for their visited and wished them the best of luck and success in the Moot in Vienna which will take place in the period of 30 March – 5 April 2012.

 

More success stories from European pre-moots

Competing against teams from Italy, Switzerland, France and Finland, the team of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law won the first place at the V Milan Pre-Moot organized by the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan on 2 March 2012 on the occasion of XIX Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition Moot.  The Belgrade team, which consisted of students from final year of undergraduate and master studies: Jelena Arsić, Anja Tasić, Ana Petrović and Vanja Vujnović, was accompanied by Uroš Živković – teaching assistant at the Faculty of Law – as the team’s coach.

Mirroring the success of the Belgrade team from last year – after four consecutive rounds of pleadings - the students of the University of  Belgrade Faculty of Law have emerged victorious topping the list of prestigious law faculties coming from, among others, University of Fribourg, Sciences Po, University of Bocconi, University of Milan and University of Lausanne.

By achieving the top score in the tournament, the team of our students has unambiguously shown that quality of education obtained at our Faculty stands equal to the level and quality of education offered at top European universities. The General Consul of the Republic of Serbian in Milan, Ms. Ivana Pejović, has organized a special reception for our students after the pre-moot competition, where official celebration of successful participation of our team took place.

 

At the same time, the other part of the Belgrade team that will represent University of Belgrade Faculty of Law at the final tournament in Vienna, took part in the pre-moot competition held in Munich that gathered 18 faculties coming from 11 countries, including renowned universities from Freiberg, Munich, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, Vienna and many others. Our students have once again shown remarkable advocacy skills winning the second place at the pre-moot in the overall scores. The team from Heidelberg University topped the list of participants scoring only two points more than Belgrade. This part of the Belgrade team consisted of 6 students at their final year of undergraduate and master studies: Stefan Golubović, Marina Nikolić, Ana Odorović, Anđa Savić, Mina Srećković and Anđelka Todorović, and was accompanied by Marko Jovanović – lecturer at the Faculty of Law – as the team’s coach.

The University of Belgrade Faculty of Law would hereby also like to thank to all the institutions, companies and individuals that supported our students in traveling to these preparatory competitions with their generous donations, especially having in mind that apart from hard work and dedication, each of these ventures requires substantial monetary support. This year, the pool of donors includes: National Bank of Serbia, Serbian Railways, City of Požarevac, Societe General Bank, Čačanska banka, as well as law offices: Karanović & Nikolić, Moravčević, Vojnović Zdravković in cooperation with Schoenherr, CMS Belgrade, Wolf Theiss, Harrison solicitors, Nikolić-Kokanović-Otašević, Živković & Samaradžić, Mikijelj-Janković & Bogdanović, Baklaja & Igrić, Blečić & Partners, Nenad Stanković and Rajna Andrić.

February 2012

Our Students in the Semi-Finals of the European Tax College Moot Court Competition

In February of 2011 University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has, for the second time, participated in the European Tax College Moot Court Competition, a competition in the area of international and European tax law that has been, for the last eight years, held at one of the oldest universities in Europe, in Leuven, Belgium. Participants of this competition are universities from across Europe and USA.

The competition consists of analyzing and solving a case from the area of international and/or European tax law.  The language of the competition is English.  The judges in this competition are world renowned experts and scholars in this field of tax law. The first task is to submit two written memoranda, one on the behalf of the applicant, and the other for the defendant. After that, the first round of the oral part of the competition is held where each of the teams compete both as the applicant and as the defendant against the teams of the other participating universities. By adding points from the first round and the score obtained on the basis of written submissions, the best six teams go into the second round (semifinals). The second round, as the first one, consists of the presentation of the oral arguments. On the basis of the awarded points, two best teams pass to the finals. The finalists are given a new problem, and, according to the strength of the arguments and presentation skills, the winner of the competition is chosen.

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January 2012

Registration for IV Belgrade Arbitration Conference is now open! See >>

Registration for the V Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is now closed. 36 teams from 25 different countries have registered for the event. The Pre-moot will be held on March 24-25, 2012 and will be preceded by the IV Belgrade Arbitration Conference.

Registration is still open for arbitrators. Please return the arbitrator registration form by March 1, 2012 to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs
 

November 2011

Another great success of our students  

                   

Once again the students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law have achieved outstanding results at an international competition. At this year’s annual Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot the team of the Faculty, comprised of Vladimir Boskovic, Sonja Sreckovic and Tanja Sumar, proved that the high quality of education received at the Faculty of Law can challenge universities from around the world.

This year, thirty five teams from seventeen countries competed for the Moot’s prestigious awards, but only the Belgrade team managed to triumph in all four categories of the competition.  Firstly, the Belgrade team won third place in the overall team ranking. In addition, the team was also awarded third place for the best memoranda and fifth place in the oral rounds, after being eliminated by a split panel in the quarter finals and, subsequently, prevailing in the matches for places 5-8. In addition, our student Sonja Sreckovic received Honorable Mention. Over 100 speakers competed for this accolade, only the top eight speakers are ultimately rewarded for their advocacy skills.

The Belgrade team was coached by Marko Jovanovic and Uros Zivkovic, lecturers at the Faculty of Law, with great help of professor dr. Vladimir Pavic and Milena Đorđević LLM who also served as arbitrators on the competition.

This year’s Moot was organized by renowned King’s College in London, UK, from 4 to 6 November. The Moot involves a hypothetical case in connection with an investment by a private investor in a foreign host state. The Moot consists of two parts.  The first one is preparation and submission of written memoranda prior to the oral hearings. Each of the participating teams must submit two memoranda: one on behalf of the Claimant, the other on behalf of the Respondent.  During the oral part of the Moot the students present their arguments before an arbitral tribunal consisted of three members.

 

October 2011

Announcement

Registration for the V Belgrade Open Pre-Moot is now open! The Pre-moot will be held on March 24-25, 2012 and will be preceded by the IV Belgrade Arbitration Conference. All interested teams are welcome to attend both events free of charge.

Please return the team registration form to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs by February 1, 2012. The number of participating teams is limited. Registrations will be confirmed on the first come-first served basis.

Registration is now open for arbitrators too. Please return the arbitrator registration form by March 1, 2012 to bgmoot@ius.bg.ac.rs

Last year 15 teams that took part in  the IV Belgrade Open Pre-Moot qualified for the final rounds in Vienna, including the runner-up for the best team in the orals - University of Montevideo. Come and see why!

 

June 2011

Media Law Seminar

After remarkable success of the students of the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade at the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition, Belgrade Faculty of Law had a pleasure to host the Media Law Seminar on 27 May 2011 which was organized and held by students who participated in the Competition. The purpose of the Seminar was to shed a light on this still new field of law in Serbia and to interest more students in it. The main topics of the Seminar were issues of new technologies, the Internet and other telecommunication technologies, in which way these technologies are influencing media and what regime should be applied to them. Seminar was held in full conference hall at the Faculty, and it gathered not just students interested for this branch of law, but also journalists, lawyers, media practitioners, government experts working in regulatory agencies (RRA, RATEL)and others.

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May 2011

Belgrade Vis Moot Team in the News

 

April 2011

Another Great Success at the Willem C. Vis Moot

      

The students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law have once again achieved excellent results at the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Eighteenth Moot took place from March 16 to April 21 2011 in Vienna. Over time, Moot has grown to become one of the world’s largest and most prestigious law competitions. This year 260 universities from more than 60 countries participated. In other words, more than 2000 students from all over the worlds gathered in Vienna to show the results of their work and to present their arguments. In such a strong competition, the students of our Faculty qualified for the elimination rounds (among top 64 teams) for the seventh year in a row. There is only one more participating university that has managed to achieve the same consistency in the past seven years, and it is the (West Bengal) National University of Juridical Sciences from Kolkata, India. What is more, our team prevailed over several opponents in the elimination rounds and was stopped only in the quarterfinals, thus ending in the overall fifth place in the oral part of the competition.

The problem for the Moot is always based on an international sales transaction that is subject to the 1980 UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods. The Moot centers on a simulation of international commercial arbitration before which a dispute arising out of the sales contract is being resolved. This year, the students argued the jurisdictional issues dealing with allegedly wrongful composition of the tribunal, issues of confidentiality of the arbitral proceedings, conformity of the goods with the sample presented to the buyer and with the particular purpose, the duty of the buyer perform reasonable and timely inspection and the legal consequences of failing to perform such duty and notify the seller of the defects.

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IV Belgrade Open Pre-moot competition

After an excellent feedback from the last years' preparation for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the Faculty of Law decided to organize the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot this year as well. This year’s Belgrade rounds took place from 8-10 April 2011. There were 31 teams from 22 countries (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Germany, India, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Urugay and USA) and around 140 arbitrators from all around the world registered for this event  All together more than 80 pleadings were scheduled and held during this weekend (See Schedule of Hearings >>). Belgrade Open Pre-Moot was an exceptional occasion to see how the real international commercial arbitration works, since public is normally not allowed to attend arbitral proceedings. The working part of the Pre-Moot was accompanied by an extensive list of social activities: lunches, dinners and sightseeing tours.

We are particularly proud of the fact that 15 teams that took part at the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot qualified for the elimination rounds in Vienna (top 64 teams out of 260 which participated this year) and that many of the students who took part at our event received honorable mentions for the best speakers.

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Apart from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the organizers of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot were GIZ Open Fund for South-East Europe and the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. The organization of this event was supported by Belgrade City Hall, Tourist Organization of Belgrade and Karanović – Nikolić law firm and Moravčević Vojnović Zdravković law firm in cooperation with Schoenherr. On behalf of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, the biggest part of the organization was caried out by lecturer Milena Đorđević, LL.M., Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pavić and lecturer Marko Jovanović, LL.M. They were fully supported by the Management of the Faculty of Law and helped by a groups of students-volunteers.

In the end, it is worth noting that the applications for participation at the next year’s Belgrade Open Pre-Moot, due to take place in spring 2012 (24-25 March), already started to arrive!

For more information on Belgrade Open Pre-Moot please contact Belgrade Moot Center by e-mail>>

 

III Belgrade Arbitration Conference

After the remarkable success, exceptional scientific interest and domestic and international media coverage given to the first two Belgrade Arbitration Conferences held respectively in 2009 and 2010, the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law decided to host again this year an international conference dedicated to new trends and challenges in international commercial arbitration, under the title International Commercial Arbitration – Trends and Challenges. This event gathered again in Belgrade the most prominent world experts in the field of arbitration law. (see the Conference Program  >>)

The Faculty Conference Hall was again too small to receive over 400 lawyers from Serbia, the region and some 20 other countries, including the professors and practitioners from Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, United States of America, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. Therefore, this year as well, the conference was held in the amphitheater Radomir Lukic. Such a large and diversified audience seems to be one of the best proofs of the importance and relevance of the topic of this year’s Belgrade Arbitration Conference

Conference Proceedings >>

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Belgrade students’ victory at the Madrid Pre-Moot

After securing victory at the IV Milan Pre-Moot organized by the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan on 25 February 2011 on the occasion of XVIII Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition Moot, our students have won the first place at the Madrid Pre-moot organized by Carlos III University of Madrid in the period of 4-5 April. 

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Belgrade students’ triumph in Oxford

          

The students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law have won the first place at the IV Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition as well as the award for the best memorials.

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February 2011

Belgrade students won the first place at the IV Milan Pre-Moot
 

Successful Participation Of Our Students At The International Commercial Mediation Moot

 

November 2010

Uniform Sales Law Conference

In the period of 12-13 November 2010 the Uniform Sales Law Conference took place at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. The Conference dealt with the important issues related to the scope of application of the 1980 UN Convention on Contracts for International Sale of Goods (CISG), formation of sales contracts, rights and obligations of the parties, remedies for breach of contract and interrelation of the CISG with other instruments of transnational law (INCOTERMS, UNIDROIT Principles, etc).

More than 20 renowned professors and over 200 participants - attorneys, judges, corporate lawyers and academics, including members of the CISG Advisory Council, took part at the Conference organized on the occasion of 30th anniversary of the CISG and in honor of late Al Kritzer, who has, as a long-term Executive Secretary of the Pace Institute of International Commercial Law, contributed immensely to uniform interpretation and application of the CISG throughout the world.

 The Conference was organized in cooperation with GTZ Open Regional Fund, Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration attached to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Trade and Services, City of Belgrade and Tourist Organization of Belgrade.

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Conference Papers >>

 

October 2010

New International Success of Our Students

 

April 2010

Belgrade students again amongst the best Mooties in the world

 
March 2010

The Faculty of Law organized several events dedicated to commercial arbitration

Following the success of last year’s activity in promoting international commercial arbitration, the Faculty of Law hosted again several important events dedicated to this discipline. The first of them was an international conference on commercial arbitration and mediation held on March 19, organized under the title “Belgrade Arbitration Conference – combining Arbitration and Mediation in International Business Practice”. Then, from March 20 to 21, the third “Belgrade Open Pre-Moot” took place at our Faculty. Finally, on March 20 a Round Table dedicated to the questions of international trade law was organized at our Faculty as well. All these events gathered a large number of domestic and foreign participants, including some of the world’s most distinguished experts in the field of international commercial arbitration and international trade law. Such an outstanding attention, excellent organization and the high quality of the papers presented reaffirmed the reputation of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law as one of the leading centers for international commercial arbitration and international trade law in the region, which our Faculty established over the years of successful work.

 

October 2009

Students of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law achieved a new success in FDI Moot Court competition

 

April 2009

Our students keep making excellent results at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
 

March 2009

The Faculty of Law organized several international events dedicated to commercial arbitration

In March 2009 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law hosted several important events dedicated to international commercial arbitration. The first of them was the promotion of the book “Arbitration and ADR” by Professors Gašo Knežević and Vladimir Pavić. The promotion took place in the beginning of March and it represented an excellent introduction to the events that were yet to come. From 27 to 29 March our Faculty hosted the “Belgrade Arbitration Conference”, as well as the Regional Round Table dedicated to the international trade law. At the same time, our Faculty organized the “Belgrade Open Pre-Moot”, the students’ moot competition intended as preparation for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious moot-court competitions held annually in Vienna. All these events gathered a great number of domestic and foreign participants, including some of the world’s most distinguished experts in the field of international commercial arbitration and international trade law. Such a large attendance and the high quality of the presented papers which discussed some of the most challenging topics, when combined with the impeccable organization, helped the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law to establish itself as one of the leading centers for international commercial arbitration and international trade law in the region.

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
   
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