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ArbitralWomen Members encouraged to join the VIAC Community Ambassador Network – VIAC CAN!

7 November, 2022

The Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) has launched a new initiative under the motto, “VIAC CAN and so CAN you”. ArbitralWomen members are encouraged to take this unique opportunity to raise their profile by becoming part of a broad ADR network managed by VIAC. 

At the beginning of October 2022, VIAC launched its VIAC CAN initiative. This new initiative aims at establishing a network of dispute resolution practitioners in CEE and SEE who work closely with VIAC to promote ADR and VIAC in the region. VIAC’s goal is to find an Ambassador in each country in CEE and SEE (although VIAC is open to applications outside of these regions also!). The network will provide successful applicants the unique opportunity to expand their ADR knowledge, connect with like-minded peers and gain an in-depth understanding of VIAC’s offering. 

What can an ArbitralWomen member gain from becoming a VIAC Ambassador? Ambassador will stay abreast of VIAC’s ongoing and pipeline projects, as well as the latest trends and developments in ADR. VIAC Ambassadors will be able to raise their profile in the field of ADR, while engaging with a diverse group of talented and motivated professionals. Bi-annually VIAC will host a VIAC CAN retreat in Vienna to foster thought and idea exchange. Successful Ambassadors can qualify for the VIAC CAN mentorship programme (be mentored by one of the renowned experts in one of VIAC’s Boards). 

What is required of a VIAC Ambassador? VIAC Ambassador’s will develop and promote VIAC in the region, namely assist in setting up VIAC educational programmes and events in coordination with the relevant stakeholders in the region and the respective Austrian Trade Commissioner. Ambassadors will also assist VIAC in collecting and collating data and information for the “VIAC Arbitration and ADR Market Study in CEE and SEE”. 

Applicants should be qualified lawyers with professional experience in a legal environment, ideally in the field of ADR. A formal legal qualification (i.e. bar exam or equivalent) is not essential, if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient legal training and experience in ADR. There is no age limitation, applicants who fulfil the criteria should apply irrelevant of their age although we also encourage younger generation practitioners to submit their applications. Applicants must be well organized and have excellent written and oral communication skills. Motivation and passion about ADR is essential, as well as excellent spoken and written English (German is an advantage). VIAC is adamant to have a diverse pool of Ambassadors and strongly encourages ArbitralWomen members who fulfil the above criteria to apply. 

ArbitralWomen members should send their applications by 30 November 2022 to office@viac.eu with a CV and a letter of motivation including (i) which country or number of countries (as the case may be) they wish to represent, (ii) why they think they are perfect for this role, and (iii) a brief outline of the first steps they would take to promote VIAC in their respective country / countries. The role starts in January 2023 until December 2024 for a two-year term with the possibility of re-appointment for one term. 

If you have any questions about the VIAC CAN project, please send them to office@viac.eu.

Submitted by ArbitralWomen member Niamh Leinwather, Secretary General, Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)