ICC YAAF: DebateFest Bratislava

08 Sep 2022

Bratislava English
Start: 10.30 (CEST)

Take part in this debate competition for young arbitration lawyers: a unique opportunity to test your debating skills, team spirit and ability to think on the spot.

The ICC YAAF Bratislava DebateFest is a debate competition intended for very young and young arbitration lawyers (up to 5 years PQE) who wish to practice and perfect their debating skills and to test their general knowledge of arbitration, all in a fun and interactive format. The competition is organized in the style of the World Football Cup, with groups, elimination rounds and two finals.


The young participants will be given a limited amount of time to take a position, either for or against, various statements pertaining to evidence in international arbitration (e.g., witness testimony is unreliable, document production should be abolished). Their performance in the debate will be judged by an arbitral tribunal.


For more details, download the rules of the competition here [click here to download]

*CEST Time Zone

10:30-11:00

  • Registration

11:00-11:10

  • Welcome from the ICC YAAF representatives 
    • Iuliana Iancu, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels; 
    • Alicja Zielińska-Eisen, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Of Counsel, Queritius, Berlin

11:10-11:25

  • Opening remarks 

11:25-12:25

Evidence in international arbitration

  • Moderator: Matej Pustay, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs, Prague
  • Maria Pihlak, Counsel, Sorainen, Tallinn
  • Tomáš Hokr, Partner, Bříza & Trubač, Prague
  • Ondřej Čech, Senior Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna
  • Zuzana Janečková, Senior Consultant/Principal, NERA Economic Consulting, London
  • Igor Popovic, Economist, Grant Thornton, London

12:25-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-13:50

Announcement of arbitral tribunal, teams and restatement of the rules of the debate

Arbitral tribunal:

  • Lucia Raimanova, Partner, Allen & Overy, Bratislava
  • Roman Prekop, Partner, Barger Prekop, Bratislava
  • Małgorzata Surdek-Janicka, Independent Arbitrator, Warsaw; Vice-President ICC Court 

13:50-15:30

General round of debates

15:30-15:50

Coffee break

15:50-16:40

Quarter final

16:40-17:05

Semifinal

17:05-17:20

Coffee break

17:20-17:45

Final

17:45-17:55

Closing remarks by organizers 

  • Iuliana Iancu 
  • Alicja Zielińska-Eisen

18:00-19:30

Cocktail reception

Ondřej  Čech

Senior Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna

Tomáš  Hokr

Partner, Bříza & Trubač, Prague

Iuliana  Iancu

ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels

Zuzana  Janečková

Senior Consultant/Principal, NERA Economic Consulting, London

Maria  Pihlak

Counsel, Sorainen, Tallinn

Igor  Popovic

Economist, Grant Thornton, London

Roman  Prekop

Partner, Barger Prekop, Bratislava

Matej  Pustay

Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs, Prague

Lucia  Raimanova

Partner, Allen & Overy, Bratislava

Małgorzata  Surdek-Janicka

Independent Arbitrator, Warsaw; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Alicja  Zielińska-Eisen

ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Of Counsel, Queritius, Berlin

Venue: Kolárska 4, 813 4, Bratislava, Slovakia

Iuliana Iancu

ICC YAAF Representative for Europe; Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussel

iuliana.iancu@hvdb.com

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