ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Eastern Europe

15-31 Sep/Oct 2023-2024

Workshops organised in Prague, Sofia, Paris, Warsaw and Bucharest

Are you interested in becoming an arbitrator? Join the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Eastern Europe!

The ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy is a comprehensive and practice-oriented professional training programme tailored for experienced arbitration practitioners who are interested in pursuing a career as an arbitrator.

Developed by the ICC Institute of World Business Law and organised under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the programme aims to provide participants with a strong command of the arbitration procedures and prepare them to act as arbitrators in international arbitration cases, with a particular focus on ICC Arbitration Rules.

For the 2023-2024 ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Eastern Europe, around 40 selected candidates will travel and participate in eight workshops organised in Prague, Sofia, Paris, Warsaw, and Bucharest from September 2023 to October 2024. In each workshop, participants will be trained and guided by prominent arbitrators, ICC experts, counsel, and law professors. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn and exchange with leading professionals in the field.

To learn more about the programme, download the 2023-2024 ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Eastern Europe Brochure.

Who should attend?

This advanced-level professional training is designed primarily for senior and upper mid-level arbitration practitioners interested in pursuing a career as an arbitrator. Participants must have an advanced knowledge of English and sufficient experience in international arbitration.

How to apply?

Complete the following steps before 25 June 2023, 23:59 (CET).

  • Step 1: Submit your application on ICC Knowledge 2 Go.
  • Step 2: Send your CV and cover letter to DRSLearning@iccwbo.org with the subject line “Academy EE Application – [Name and Surname]”.

These documents should include your educational background and work experience with details of any arbitration-related experience, such as the number of years, the number of cases, and whether it was full-time or part-time. In your cover letter, please describe your motivation for joining the programme and your aspirations to become an arbitrator. We recommend limiting your response to under 1,000 words.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants residing and/or practising in Eastern Europe*;
  • Minimum experience of five years of professional experience in arbitration, with a preference for applicants with more than 10 years of experience;
  • Advanced level in English is required as all instructions, assignments, and workshops will be conducted in English;
  • Contributions to the development of arbitration in the region are desired; and
  • Strong motivation and commitment for the programme.

* Priority will be given to applicants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

15-16 September 2023

Workshop 1-2 in Prague, Czech Republic

9 December 2023

Workshop 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria

April 2024

Workshop 4 in Paris, France

12-13 July 2024

Workshop 5-6 in Warsaw, Poland

18-19 October 2024

Workshop 7-8 in Bucharest, Romania

Niuscha Bassiri

Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz

Founding and Senior Partner at GESSEL

Galina Zukova

Founding Partner, ZUKOVA Legal, Associate Professor at the University of Versailles (Paris-Saclay) and the Riga Gradate School of Law


Detailed information about the dates and venues of each workshop will be given to selected participants after admission.

Travel info

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. No sponsorship from ICC is available in this regard.

Working language


Cancellation policy

100% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by 15 August 2023. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee which must be covered by the participant.

Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the professionals. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.


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Event registration fees


*20% VAT will be applied

Only selected applicants will be asked to pay the registration fee.

If selected for the programme, participants commit to completing the payment process within the given timeline and attending all workshops. There are no scholarship or registration waivers available for this programme.

For more information, please contact:

Shofa Fathyamala

Project Officer, Education and Training, Dispute Resolution Services