Transnational Arbitration

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Arbitrators' and Counsel's Dos and Don'ts

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16:00 – 17:35 CEST (Prague / Budapest / Vienna) / 9:00 am - 10:35 am (Central)

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#YoungITATalks is a series of virtual events presented around the world, featuring talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration. The #YoungITATalks series is designed for education, conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners.

This event is presented tuition-free. 


16:00 CEST / 9:00 am CT Welcome

  • Viktor Előd Cserép, Young ITA CEE Chair, Senior Associate, PROVARIS Varga and Partners Budapest
  • Maciej Durbas, Of counsel, co-head of arbitration, Kubas Kos Gałkowski, Cracow

16:15 CEST / 9:15 am CT Arbitrators' and Counsel's Dos and Don'ts

Soft skills are essential to manage a case as an arbitrator effectively or to argue it on behalf of a client as counsel persuasively. In this episode of #YoungITATalks Online, we will focus on the psychological, social, and organizational aspects of arbitration, both from arbitrators’ and counsel’s perspectives. Based on the faculty’s experience as counsel and arbitrators, we will discuss, among other things, the arbitrators’ decision-making process and their ways of combating the flood of information in arbitration. We will also consider the long-lasting dilemma between the “iura novit curia” principle and the arbitrator’s excess of mandate. We will also touch upon counsel’s dos and don’ts in light of etiquette, persuasiveness, and obligations towards the client.


  • Dr. Viktor Előd Cserép, Young ITA CEE Chair, Senior Associate, PROVARIS Varga and Partners Budapest, Hungary
  • Maciej Durbas, Of counsel, co-head of arbitration, Kubas Kos Gałkowski, Cracow, Poland


17:35 CEST / 10:35 am CT Adjourn

About the Presenters

Dr. Viktor Előd Cserép
Young ITA CEE Chair
Senior Associate, PROVARIS Varga and Partners

Dr. Viktor Előd Cserép is Young ITA’s Central and Eastern Europe Chair, a Senior Associate at PROVARIS Varga and Partners in Budapest specializing in dispute resolution and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna (international arbitration). Viktor has regularly served as assistant to the presiding arbitrator in high-profile international arbitrations and counsel in arbitration, setting aside and complex cross-border commercial litigation proceedings and advised clients in multiple industry sectors (including several construction disputes concerning contracts based on FIDIC Books) and languages (English, German and Hungarian). Viktor also teaches private international law, international economic law and contract law in the European and International Business Law LL.M. and regular degree programs of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.

Maciej Durbas
Of counsel, co-head of arbitration
Kubas Kos Gałkowski
Cracow, Poland

Maciej Durbas, PhD, LL.M., MCIArb – attorney at law, expert in the field of arbitration. Co-leader of the arbitration practice at Kubas Kos Gałkowski. Handles complicated disputes, including cross-border proceedings in various sectors and in various capacities – as counsel, arbitrator, assistant to the arbitrator, or tribunal’s secretary. His doctoral thesis (Jagiellonian University, 2021, cum laude) was devoted to deciding on the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals. Recommended in the Who’s Who Legal ranking (Arbitration Future Leaders – non-partners, since 2019) and Expert Guides Rising Stars (Commercial Arbitration category, since 2020).

Csaba Kovacs
CMS and Arbitrator
Kovacs Arbitration
London, UK

Csaba Kovacs is a London-based Solicitor-Advocate (England & Wales) and arbitrator with over two decades of practice of commercial and investment arbitration. He acted as counsel, and sat as arbitrator, in disputes in the energy, construction, aviation, telecommunications, and banking sectors. He is the author of Attribution in International Investment Law (Kluwer Law International, 2018), an in-depth study of the notion of attribution. He is an editor of the Investor-State Law Guide. Csaba has an LL.M in International Business Law (2000) from the Central European University.

Catherine Anne Kunz
Geneva, Switzerland

Catherine Anne Kunz is a Partner at LALIVE in Geneva, Switzerland. Dual-qualified in Switzerland and in England and Wales (solicitor), Catherine advises and represents clients in international arbitrations governed by both civil law and common law, in particular in the energy, telecommunications and engineering sectors. She also acts as arbitrator and advises clients on other forms of dispute resolution, such as commercial mediation.

Catherine is a member of the editorial board of the ASA Bulletin, the Swiss Arbitration Association’s journal and a co-founder of Mute Off Thursdays, a weekly virtual knowledge sharing forum for senior female arbitration practitioners. She is an immediate former Co-Chair of the Swiss Arbitration Association’s below 40 group (ASA below 40) and a past regional representative (Europe) for the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG). Catherine has been recognized as a Future Leader in International Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal for several consecutive years and listed among the most highly regarded EMEA partners in the 2022 Arbitration – Future Leaders edition.

Michael Nueber
Gasser Partner Attorneys

Michael Nueber is an attorney-at-law and notary public in Liechtenstein. He is a partner of Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law and specialises in "Private Wealth Disputes", including foundation and trust disputes. Michael is the author of numerous articles and books on arbitration and other means of dispute resolution and a member of Vienna International Arbitral Centre's National Advisory Board.

Olena Perepelynska
Partner, Head of Arbitration
Kyiv, Ukraine

Olena Perepelynska is a Partner and Head of Arbitration at INTEGRITES. She serves as President of Ukrainian Arbitration Association, Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and chairs Arbitration Commission of the ICC Ukraine and ADR committee of the Ukrainian National Bar Association. She has acted as counsel, arbitrator and expert in over 150 arbitrations under variety of arbitration rules.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of its the Approved Faculty List. Olena is also editorial board member the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin.

Adelina Prokop
Clifford Chance
Warsaw, Poland

Adelina Prokop is a qualified Polish advocate and a partner in the Dispute Resolution Department of Clifford Chance Warsaw. She focuses on dispute resolution in commercial, financial and international law. In particular, she specialises in investment arbitration.

Adelina has vast experience acting for clients in court and arbitration proceedings gained in Clifford Chance's Warsaw and London offices. She acts for foreign investors in international investment arbitration. She has acted in arbitration proceedings in Paris, London, Geneva, Brussels and Warsaw. She represents banks, financial institutions and auditors before the common courts and the Court of Justice of the EU. She has also advised clients from the energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and real estate sectors, as well as in disputes concerning unfair competition and M&A.

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