The Association ARBITRI hosted its fourth annual arbitration conference on 24 October 2018 at Hotel Europe (Vladislava Skarića 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina). This is now a traditional project of the Association, which aims to promote arbitration among the business and legal community in BiH and provide a platform for networking between local and international practitioners in the field.
The topic of the Fourth Sarajevo Arbitration Day conference was: “Investment Arbitration in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Lessons learned and the path forward” A particular emphasis was on efficient managing of investment projects in BiH, especially in the context of complex construction and energy projects, while having in mind the need for capacity building to guide and implement the said projects. This conference is a step toward preparing practitioners, arbitrators, and other interested parties for the necessary changes.
The conference gathered experienced experts in the field of international arbitration that discussed topics which are relevant to the B&H market. In four panels, the speakers firstly discussed the current investment climate in B&H, the current trends and path forward. The second discussion was focused on challenges and best practices in infrastructure disputes, followed by a debate on energy, infrastructure and other concession granting agreements, and arbitration. The discussion ended with a workshop on practical aspects of investment arbitration.
Working languages of the conference were English and BCS. Simultaneous interpretation was available. Participation at the Conference was free of charge. The Conference was covered by several media, such as N1, FTV, FENA, and TV SA. The Fourth Sarajevo Arbitration Day was made possible through the generous support of our partners and sponsors.
Full Report from the Conference is available here.
Udruženje ARBITRI održalo je četvrtu godišnju arbitražnu konferenciju 24. oktobra 2018. godine u hotelu Europa (Vladislava Skarića 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosna i Hercegovina). Radi se o, sada već, tradicionalnom projektu Udruženja, sa ciljem promocije arbitraže u poslovnoj i pravnoj zajednici u BiH, te uspostavljanjem platforme za razmjenu iskustava između lokalnih i međunarodnih praktičara.
Tema Četvrtih Sarajevskih Arbitražnih Dana bila je: “Investiciona arbitraža u Bosni i Hercegovini: naučene lekcije i put naprijed“. Poseban naglasak je na pitanju efikasnog vođenja investicionih projekata u BiH (posebno u kontekstu kompleksnih građevinskih i energetskih projekata), a imajući u vidu potrebe jačanja kapaciteta za vođenje i implementaciju istih. Ova konferencija predstavlja korak naprijed u pripremama praktičara, arbitara i drugih lica zainteresovanih za neophodne promjene.
Konferencija je okupila iskusne stručnjake iz oblasti međunarodne arbitraže koji su razgovarali o temama koje su relevantne za BiH tržište.
Na četiri panela, govornici su prvo razmatrali trenutnu investicionu klimu u BiH, aktuelne trendove i put naprijed. Druga rasprava bila je fokusirana na izazove i najbolje prakse u infrastrukturnim sporovima , nakon čega je slijedila rasprava o energetskim, infrastrukturnim, i drugim sporazumima o koncesiji i arbitraži. Diskusija je završena radionicom o praktičnim aspektima investicione arbitraže.
Radni jezici konferencije su bili engleski i BHS, uz obezbijeđeno simultano prevođenje. Učešće na konferenciji je bilo besplatno. Konferenciju je popratilo nekoliko medijskih kuća, kao što su N1, FTV, FENA and TV SA. Treći Sarajevskih Dani Arbitraže ne bi bili mogući bez velikodušne podrške naših partnera i sponzora.
Izvještaj sa Konferencije je dostupan ovdje.
Nevena Jevremović, Co-Founder and President
Phone: +387 66 074 587
Nevena is Manager of Corporate Learning at the International Association of Contract and Commercial Manager (IACCM). Nevena brings experience in designing, developing and delivering training and education programs in international commercial law. She led the initiative of setting up a young professionals’ association – Association ARBITRI – focused on promoting resolution of commercial disputes through arbitration. In her capacity as the President of the Association, Nevena worked with the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce on promotion and capacity building of commercial law and arbitration. Specifically, as one of the trainers for the international commercial law, she worked on the design, implementation, and delivery of the annual training program for law students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a Fellow at the Institute of International Commercial Law (IICL) in New York, Nevena worked on the leading legal database in the field of commercial law. During her time at IICL, she also worked on and coordinated online programs in international commercial law and arbitration for practitioners, academics, and students all over the world. More recently, Nevena spent six months at the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Hague as a member of the Judgments Team. She worked on the preparations for the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Court Judgments held in November 2017, as well as collaborative projects that HCCH has with WIPO and UNCITRAL.
Nevena is the author of the national monographs on the Civil Procedure and Energy Law in volumes of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws. She is the Assistant Editor for Europe for the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Contributing Editor to the CISG Database, and is involved in the Delos Dispute Resolution project as a Young Arbitration Practitioner. Nevena is currently a Co-Chair of the Dispute Resolution Working Group of the Accord Project, that focuses on exploring the use of blockchain technology in dispute resolution.
Nevena holds an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law (2016) and an LL.M. in Civil Law in the EU from the University of Sarajevo, School of Law (2015).
Armela Ramić, Co-Founder and Project Manager
Phone: +387 61 862 844
Armela is a resourceful lawyer with over six years of post-qualification experience. Her areas of focus are civil litigation, arbitration, corporate law, employment, public procurement matters, and public-private partnerships.
Before joining Law Office Miljković & Partners, Armela worked as an Attorney at Law at “Ademović, Nožica and partners,” a Sarajevo law firm. She conducted legal analysis on arbitration and international sales contracts, corporate law and civil litigation cases, and employment disputes. She has regularly handled cases and disputes of high net worth for both individuals and companies. Armela has specialized skills in preparing applications to the Constitutional Court of BiH and the European Court of Human Rights. Additionally, her expertise in public procurement procedures, public-private partnerships, and other legal proceedings related to complex investment structures are a particular asset. Further, Armela has focused on civil and criminal appeals as a legal clerk at the law office of Mr. Emir Kapidžić.
Previously, Armela worked at TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), a Geneva-based international organization with offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There, she actively worked on one of the landmark rulings of the Court of BiH regarding the compensation of damages for women victims of sexual violence committed during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As one of the founders of “ARBITRI” – a leading association of young professionals working to promote arbitration in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Armela brings particular knowledge and experience regarding key legal aspects of the most complex cases in international arbitration and is uniquely positioned to translate this to her legal practice
Emir is Attorney at Law and Founder of the Law Firm Sudžuka & Co. Ltd. Sarajevo. He holds a Ph.D. in Commercial Law and currently is Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Law at Faculty of Law, Ljubljana University. Emir regularly advises clients on various aspects of civil, corporate, business and tax law – with special emphasis on foreign investments and concessions. To complement his practice, Emir also has a strong academic background. Currently appointed as assistant professor at the International University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Law – Civil Law department. Emir has participated various conferences in private law and has more than 20 publications published in both domestic and international journals.
Nejra is an Attorney-at-law based in Sarajevo with about 7 years of experience in practice. Nejra was a senior associate in law office Femil Čurt about 5 years, with whom she continued a close cooperation after her admission to the Bar Association of FBiH. Nejra’s specialties are in infrastructure projects, regulatory and banking law, financing and corporate financing across a wide range of industries, commercial law, contracts, public procurement, litigation (civil and commercial disputes) and advising in cross-border transactions. Nejra advises international clients in the English and German languages. Nejra was a member of the Advisory Team of the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the implementation process of the Reform Agenda for BiH for the Period 2015-2018 related to the Restructuring of 62 State-Owned Enterprises.
Fahira is a young lawyer from Sarajevo, whose studies and interest are focused on international arbitration and commercial law. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo Law Faculty in 2016 and obtained her LL.M. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2017. After graduation, Fahira worked as a summer intern at Alcoa, Pittsburgh (Ethics and Compliance Department) and as a trainee at Al Jazy & Co., Jordan (International Arbitration). Currently, she is working on a mock trial project funded by the U.S. government in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fahira was a participant in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in 2015, and a coach of the University of Sarajevo Vis Moot Team since 2016. She is a member of Association ARBITRI since 2015.
Arnela received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zenica in June 2017, where she was a member of the 2017 Vis Moot team. She also participated in the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2016. She obtained her LL.M. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2018, a participant of the LL.M. International Investment Arbitration Moot Competition, she was awarded a prize for best oralist. Her studies were focused on international investment and commercial arbitration. Following her LL.M. graduation, she worked as a summer intern for a U.S. based law firm Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a member of Association ARBITRI since May 2017.