Event Overview


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Construction is one of the most litigious industries. When negotiations and alternative dispute resolution attempts fail, the parties, their employees and counsels, judges or arbitrators as well as experts inevitably become the protagonists of cases that quite regularly are characterised by extraordinary complexity both from a factual and legal perspective.

Vienna, one of the most popular congress destinations in Europe and ranked the world's most liveable city for many years, is the perfect venue to resume to AIJA normality after taking a pandemic break from in-person seminars. The Real Estate, International Arbitration, Litigation and Environmental and Energy Law Commissions are thrilled to welcome you to this lively city with its imperial history.

Our seminar will address those issues that make construction disputes outstanding to the average court or arbitration case. We will look into the sources for many fights between principals and contractors, procedural specifics and the role of individual protagonists in construction disputes. Since dispute resolution is a core topic in the construction industry, our seminar will provide valuable content not only for dispute lawyers, but no less to real estate practitioners, contract attorneys as well as in-house counsels of companies involved in construction projects by any means.

The organising Commissions are looking forward to meeting you at this great event.

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate


Construction disputes

16:00 - 17:00

Address: Herrengasse 10, 1010 Wien
18:00 - 20:00

Address: Burggarten 1 – 1010 Vienna

Important note: You have to enter the garden (Burggarten) to enter the Palmenhaus

Not included in the registration fee, payable locally

08:00 - 09:00

Address: Herrengasse 10, 1010 Vienna
09:00 - 09:15

09:15 - 09:45

Krishnapriya Devarbhavi, Sandvik Group, India/Austria

Krishnapriya has 32 years of work experience in Project & Product Management, Sales as well as Business development and strategy. Among these 32 years of extensive experience, 27 are with Sandvik.

Since 2017, as a part of divestment of the mining project business in Sandvik, Krishnapriya is working exclusively on remaining contract closures and related liabilities and also closure of ongoing disputes project and labour related worldwide. He greatly values the need of feeding in various data points to the counsels who fight the companies' cause in a dispute.

09:45 - 10:30

Moderator:  Agnieszka Buksa, Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, Poland


  • Bruno Stroobants, Lydian, Belgium
  • Emma Niemisto, Merilampi, Finland
  • Thomas Seeber, Kunz Wallentin, Austria
10:30 - 11:15

  • Eric Johnson, Cederquist, Sweden
  • Herve Le Lay, BrownRudnick, France
  • Nils Hanfstingl, FTI Consulting, Germany
  • Roxanne de Jesus, Pitkowitz & Partners, Austria
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:15

ModeratorCatrice Gayer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Germany

  • Bernd Hauck, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
  • Johannes Meyer-Myklestad, Selmer, Norway
12:15 - 13:00

ModeratorMads Fuglesang, Selmer, Norway

  • Katarzyna Kuzma, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, Poland
  • Laurynas Lukosiunas, Sorainen, Lithuania
13:00 - 14:15

14:15 - 15:00

ModeratorSilvia Dahlberg, Vinge, Sweden

  • Andres Alva, Berkely Research Group, USA
  • Lukas Fellmann, Walder Wyss, Switzerland
  • Tobias Zuberbühler, Lustenberger, Switzerland
15:00 - 15:45

ModeratorLukas Peissl, CMS Reich Rohrwig, Austria

  • Cristiana Gheorghe, Enjoy Legal, Romania
  • Elena Rodriguez, Niederer Kraft Frey, Switzerland
  • Wajma Mangal, GSK, Germany
15:45 - 16:15

16:00 - 16:45

    • Keith Newman, Mason Hayers & Curran, Ireland
    • Nikolaus Vavrovsky, Vavrovsky Heine Marth, Austria
    • Tino Schneider, Lalive, Switzerland
17:00 - 17:30

ModeratorAlizee Verboogen, Loyens Loef, the Netherlands

  • Joséphine Jeanclos, Hertslet Wolfer & Heintz, France
  • Pablo Cubel, Cuatrecasas, Spain/China

Address: Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna

08:30 - 09:30

Address: Herrengasse 10, 1010 Vienna
09:30 - 10:30

Moderator: Gunnar Pickl, DORDA, Austria


  • Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
  • Roland Haring, bauwirtschaft.consulting, Austria
  • Tero Kovanen, Borenius, Finland
10:30 - 11:15

  • Cinzia Catelli, Bär & Karrer, Switzerland
  • Eoin Cassidy Mason, Hayes & Curran, Ireland
  • Henning Jensen, bnt, Latvia
  • Philip Exenberger, DORDA, Austria
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:15

Moderator:  Oksana Karel, Arzinger, Ukraine

  • Aline von Düring, Von Düring Group, Switzerland
  • Raphael Butz, Vischer, Switzerland
12:15 - 13:00

Moderator: Stefan Gäumann, Homburger, Switzerland

  • Florian Haugeneder, KNOETZL, Austria
  • Hendrik Puschmann, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom
  • Michelle Lindholm, Pestalozzi, Switzerland
13:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 16:30

Included in the registration fee

Address: 8thfloor of Grand Ferdinand, Schubertring 1010, Vienna

Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration

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Practical Information


The seminar will be held at the Steigenberger Vienna situated in the heart of Vienna's old city, just 250 m away from the Hofburg.

The Goldenes Quartier, Vienna's luxury shopping district is reachable in ca. 4 minutes by foot.

It takes about 11 minutes to reach the State Opera.


Participants can book a room at Steigenberger Vienna.
For preferential rates please book here.

Organising Committee

Chiara CALIANDRO De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani (ITALY)
Martin FOERSTER Pitkowitz Foerster Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)
Mads FUGLESANG Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS (NORWAY)
Bernd HAUCK Kellerhals Carrard (SWITZERLAND)
Gunnar PICKL DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)


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