Arbitration Initiative Georgia

Call for Applications: Part-Time Researcher

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Job Description

Arbitration Initiative Georgia (AIG) is seeking to recruit a part-time researcher & assistant for its new initiative: development of A Guide for First Instance Judges on Arbitration. The initiative is being supported by the United Nations Joint Programme “ENHANCING ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT OF A CHILD-FRIENDLY JUSTICE SYSTEM IN GEORGIA funded by the European Union.

1.      Background

Georgia adopted new Law on Arbitration, based on UNCITRAL Model Law, in 2009. In 2014 Ministry of Justice of Georgia initiated drafting of amendments to the Law, with the aim to make arbitration financially more attractive, legally more certain and in general closer to international best practices. The amendments were passed in 2015. One of the purposes of adoption of the new law, as well as of the 2015 amendments was to bring Georgian law close to UNCITRAL Model Law and international standards.

Despite these amendments, a number of barriers remain in practice which hinder the development of arbitration-friendly environment. One of the major gaps is the lack of Georgian language literature and scholarship in the field of arbitration. This leaves judges, who are in charge of developing arbitration-related jurisprudence in the country (as well as lawyers and students) with no reference materials and thus no guidance on the application of the Law.

It is in the spirit of filling this gap that AIG with the support of the EU an UNDP Georgia has undertaken to develop an easy-to-follow, user-friendly Guide/Handbook for judges.

At this stage the Guide shall be focused on issues that are under the jurisdiction of the Judges of the Courts of First Instance.

The Guide/Handbook is intended to provide a tangible tool to the judges to get familiar with the spirit, intent and content of the Law of Georgia on arbitration and apply it consistently across the country. It will be based on first-class authorities and will have references to decisions from other Model Law jurisdictions.

The Project Team developing the guide is composed of Project Supervisor and Project Specialist, who are currently seeking to recruit a project researcher to assist in various following undertakings:

2.      Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research of Georgian and international caselaw upon the instruction and under guidance of the Project team
  • Take record of the meetings/interviews
  • Assisting the Project Team in process planning and organization
  • Provide translation (written and oral) as needed
  • Provide assistance to Project Supervisor and Project Specialist as needed

3.      Required Qualifications and Competencies

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent in Law (minimum qualification requirement).

II. Experience:

  • Strong academic background in ADR and specifically in International Commercial Arbitration;
  • Good understanding of Georgian arbitration system;
  • Experience in Project Management will be an asset;

III. Competencies:

  •  Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentational);
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in and with teams;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty

IV. Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of Georgian and English (both written and verbal);

Location: Mainly based in Tbilisi. Occasional travel may be required and if so, expenses shall be covered by AIG.

Contracting Timeframe: The entire assignment will be undertaken during July – October 2017.

The workload is part-time, approx. 20-30% of the monthly workload.

Modest remuneration shall be offered.

Above all, you’ll have an opportunity to work with a great team and be part of an exciting initiative contributing to the development of arbitration in Georgia!

Selection Process

Interested applicants should send their short statement of motivation and CV (in English) to the following email: ‚Äčarbitration.aig@gmail.com on or before July 12, 2017 17:00 pm.