Russian Arbitration Day (RAD 2018), a conference long-awaited in the CIS arbitration community, took place in Moscow on March 30, 2018.
RAD is one of the most successful arbitration conferences in Russia that resumed its operation after a 3-year pause. RAD 2018 was organized by the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration and educational project LF Academy. Among the organizing partners were such international law firms as: Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Goltsblat BLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
RAD 2018 is a unique conference as it allows everyone to make his/her proposal and participate in a selection process. A huge amount of work done by moderators and speakers on a preparatory stage ensured the high quality of the conference.
The moderators of RAD 2018 were Andrey Gorlenko, Anton Asoskov, Alexander Muranov and Roman Khodykin. Prominent arbitration practitioners: Constantine Partasides (UK), Stanimir Alexandrov (USA) and Michael E. Schneider (Switzerland) attended RAD 2018 as special guests. Also, Gary Born (USA) joined RAD 2018 with a recorded presentation on his proposal regarding the adoption of bilateral arbitration treaties.
Another prominent feature of RAD 2018 is a digest “New Horizons of International Arbitration” that comprises articles by the participants of the conference. The digest was distributed among the attendees of RAD 2018 and is also available online.
Overall, more than 200 lawyers attended RAD 2018, and more than 800 viewers followed live broadcasting of the conference online. Andrey Gorlenko, Executive Administrator of the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration, commented: “We are enormously pleased about the success of RAD 2018. More than 1000 people joined RAD online and offline. It certainly indicates that arbitration becomes more and more interesting to the Russian audience which is eager to keep up-to-date about the recent trends in ADR. We thank the speakers, the moderators, the organizing committee and all partners of the conference, and already looking forward to RAD 2019!”
According to Anton Asoskov, Professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Member of the Presidium of ICAC, one of the moderators of RAD 2018, “RAD is becoming more attractive to talented speakers. It is a unique platform for young practitioners, who can present the results of their academic research as an article in the digest or as a presentation during the conference. Every and all participants of RAD 2018 significantly contributed to the development of arbitration in Russia.”