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The Fifth Sarajevo Arbitration Day

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The Fifth Sarajevo Arbitration Day, a significant milestone for the arbitration community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), took place in Sarajevo on 24 October 2019 at Novotel hotel Bristol.

International commercial arbitration is, by its nature, a melting pot of influences. It is inherently diverse in its various manifestations and constellations. Any attempt to resolve the complex, industry-specific cross-border disputes can only be successful if the arbitral proceedings are conducted with due consideration of the geographical, national, legal, industry and gender aspects of the specific dispute.

The Association dedicated its Fifth Sarajevo Arbitration Day to the most challenging contemporary issues in the practice of international commercial arbitration: The Many Faces of Diversity in International Arbitration. Once again, the conference gathered renowned local, regional and international experts. The conference program reflected the complexity of its topic. We were very excited to host the discussions around the diverse challenges women and other minorities face in arbitration, the appointment, and selection of arbitrators, as well as challenges BiH practitioners face in FIDIC and concession related arbitration.

These are all topics of increasing practical significance in BiH and around the world, and the Fifth Sarajevo Arbitration Day provided the participants and guests with a unique insight into the international best practices in these fields. The working languages of the conference were English and BSC; translation/interpretation was provided.

Peti sarajevski dan arbitraže, ova značajna godišnjica za arbitražnu zajednicu u Bosni i Hercegovini (BiH), održana je u Sarajevu 24. oktobra 2019. godine u Novotel hotelu Bristol.

Međunarodna trgovačka arbitraža je, po svojoj prirodi, mješavina raznih utjecaja, što se manifestuje u raznolikosti njenih konstalacija i pojavnih oblika. Kako bi se uspješno riješili kompleksni, međunarodni sporovi usko vezani za određenu industriju, potrebno je u arbitražnom postupku uzeti u obzir geografske, nacionalne, pravne, industrijske i spolne aspekte određenog spora.

Udruženje ARBITRI je posvetilo Pete sarajevske dane arbitraže najizazovnijim savremenim pitanjima iz prakse međunarodne trgovačke arbitraže: Mnogobrojnim licima raznolikosti u međunarodnoj arbitraži. Konferencija je još jednom okupila renomirane domaće, regionalne i međunarodne stručnjake. Program konferencije oslikava kompleksnost izabrane teme. Sa uzbuđenjem smo bili dijelom diskusija o izazovima sa kojima se suočavaju žene i druge manjine u arbitraži, izboru i imenovanju arbitara, kao i o izazovima sa kojima se susreću BiH praktičari u arbitraži vezanoj za FIDIC i koncesione ugovore.

Navedene teme su od sve većeg značaja u BiH i širom svijeta, a Peti sarajevski dan arbitraže su učesnicima i gostima pružili jedinstven uvid u nabolje prakse u ovim oblastima. Radni jezici konferencije su bili engleski i bosanski/hrvatski/srpski jezik; simulatni prevod je bio obezbijeđen.

Partners of the Conference / Partneri Konferencije

Endorsed by

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.

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, which 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 Sudžuka

Emir Sudžuka, Ph.D. is Attorney-at-Law and the founder of the Law Firm Sudžuka & Co. Ltd. Having graduated from Faculty of Law in 2009, he continued master studies in Business law in 2011. Emir holds a Ph.D. in Commercial Law and currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Law at Faculty of Law, Ljubljana University. He passed the Bar exam in March 2012. Emir regularly advises clients on various aspects of civil, corporate, business and tax law – with special emphasis on foreign investments and concessions. He has been a member of the Association ARBITRI since 2017.

Nejra Suljić

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 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 on 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 Brodlija

Fahira Brodlija is a young lawyer from Sarajevo, whose studies and interests are focused on international arbitration and commercial law. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law and obtained her LL.M. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After graduating, she worked as an intern at Alcoa (Ethics and Compliance Department) and at the Al Jazy and Co. law firm (international arbitration, Amman, Jordan). She currently works for GIZ as the Country Coordinator for the regional project ORF Legal Reform. Fahira participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in 2015, and she has been a coach of the University of Sarajevo Vis Moot team since 2016. She has been a member of the Association ARBITRI since 2015.

Arnela Maglić

Arnela, LL.M. graduated from the University of Zenica Faculty of Law in June 2017. She obtained her LL.M. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2018. Her studies were focused on international investment and commercial arbitration. Following her LL.M. graduation, she interned for a U.S. based law firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Arnela is an Associate at Sudžuka & Co. Ltd. and has been a member of the Association ARBITRI since 2017.

Alija Genjac

Alija graduated from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law in July 2018. He obtained his LL.M. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2019. He participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in 2018 as a member of the University of Sarajevo team. During his master studies, he also participated in the LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Competition. His studies were focused on international commercial arbitration, business associations, and international business transactions. After his LL.M. graduation, he worked as an intern at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C. law firm in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was focused on litigation, commercial law, and corporate transactions.