Invitation to the 6th edition of the conference and moot court on arbitration and international commercial contracts (March 1-3, Bucharest)

The University of Bucharest and the Vindobona Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Romania have the honor of inviting you to Bucharest, on March 1-3, 2019, to the 6th edition of the international conference in the field of arbitration and international commercial contracts and of the Bucharest Pre-Moot competition. The event will take place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, 36-46 Mihail Kogălniceanu Blvd, Bucharest, 050107, Romania.

The international conference on Friday, March 1, 2019, will start at 17:30, in Amphitheatre AII “Nicolae Titulescu”. The conference will take place in English. The topics that will be addressed during the conference are:

·         Arbitration Agreements: Formation and Interpretation (17:45 – 18:30)

o   Conf. univ. dr. Crenguța Leaua, Associate Professor, University of Economic Studies, Bucharest

o   Dr. Ioana Knoll-Tudor, Partner, Jeantet Paris / Budapest

o   Dr. Ileana Smeureanu, Senior Associate, Jones Day Paris

o   Av. Oleg Temnikov, Senior Associate, Wolf Theiss Bulgaria

·         Evidence in Arbitration: Specificities and Trends (18:45 – 19:30)

o   Av. Cornel Popa, Partner, Țuca Zbârcea and Associates

o   Conf. univ. dr. Cristina Florescu, Associate Professor, Spiru Haret University

o   Lect. univ. dr. Raluca Papadima, Esq., Assistant Professor, University of Bucharest

·         Hardship: Trends in International Commercial Contracts and Arbitration (19:30 – 20:00)

o   Conf. univ. dr. av. Octavian Cazac, Associate Professor, Moldova State University

o   Conf. univ. dr. av. Radu Rizoiu, Associate Professor, University of Bucharest

Participation to the conference is open to anyone (students and practitioners) and free of charge. Prior registration is not required in order to attend the conference, but we suggest that you inform the organizers or your intention to attend by e-mail: .

The pre-moot that will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, 2019, is based on the problem used for the 2019 edition of the Willem Vis moot (available, together with the analysis for arbitrators at:, and has the purpose of preparing the students for participation in the Willem Vis moot, the largest and most prestigious private law competition in the world. The Willem Vis moot takes place annually in Hong Kong and Vienna (April 2019). Over 400 universities from all over the world participate annually in the Willem Vis Moot, including the most prestigious universities worldwide.

Specifically, the Bucharest Pre-Moot will consist of pleading rounds between the students of the following 16 universities from 10 countries: Heinrich Heine University (Germany), Manheim University (Germany) Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany), Sofia University – St. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy), University of Pavia (Italy), Trieste University (Italy), Kutafin Moscow State Law University (Russia), Maastricht University (The Netherlands), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Bilgi University (Turkey), Stockholm University (Sweden), Moldova State University (Republic of Moldova), Nicolae Titulescu University (Romania), University of Craiova (Romania) and University of Bucharest (Romania). The awards and closing ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 3, at 14:00.

We invite all specialists in arbitration and international commercial contracts to participate in this moot as members of the arbitration panels on March 2 and/or March 3. For registration as arbitrators, please submit the following short form:

The organization of the conference and of the Bucharest Pre-Moot is sponsored by the University of Bucharest and the Vindobona Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Romania, with the support of the following main sponsors: Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, PeliFilip, Suciu, Popa and Associates and Ţuca Zbârcea & Associates. The event also benefits from financial support from the following law firms: Bohâlțeanu and Associates (BSMP), Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dentons, Markó & Udrea, Mihai & Co. Business Lawyers, Piperea and Associates, Răzvan Dincă and Associates, Reff and Associates, Rizoiu & Poenaru, Stoica & Associates, TAMC (Doru Trăilă, Adriana Almășan, Alexandru Moise, Eugen Chivu), Tănăsescu & Gavrilă and Tudor, Andrei and Associates, as well as from a number of individuals (Vicu Buzac, Raluca Papadima).

The organizing committee is composed of: lect. univ. av. dr. Raluca Papadima, Assistant Professor at the University of Bucharest and the Collège Juridique d’Études Européennes, Mihaela Gherghe, attorney at Rizoiu & Poenaru, Cristina Badea, attorney at Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen and Horia Rădulescu, attorney at Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen. The event is organized with support from the Law Students’ Association.

Date of publication: 20.02.2019

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