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Martin Svatos




Mediator, President of the Working Group of the ICC Czech Republic for mediation

Martin is one of the leading Czech mediators and arbitrators. He has acted in more than 250 both international and domestic mediation cases (more than 1000 mediated hours). In his rich practice, he mediated disputes concerning highways construction, disputes between football players, number of cases concerning power plants construction (nuclear, solar and coal), but community disputes and also local conflicts in Africa.  His experiences in ADR were appreciated when he was appointed the President of  the Working Group of the ICC Czech Republic for mediation. He is one of the authors of the Czech translation of the ICC Mediation Rules. 

Martin has acted in several arbitrations both as chairman, member of the tribunal and of counsel.  He has been listed as arbitrator by the VIAC, Arbitration Court of the Czech Football Association, Czech Arbitration Court and Czech Commodity Exchange Arbitration Court.

Martin lectures at the Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and at the Seminar of European and Comparative Law in Urbino (Italy) where he is in charge of the negotiation, mediation and arbitration courses. He has been visiting professor at the University of the French West Indies in Guadeloupe. He also gave a course at the Faculté Libre de Droit Institut Catholique de Toulouse, at the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia), at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law and at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (both PRC), Georgetown University (USA) and many others.

As a member of the Czech delegation to the UNCITRAL WG II, he participated in the drafting of the Singapore Convention.

He publishes on regular basis. He is one of the co-editors of the EU Mediation Handbook (Kluwer International, 2017) and author of the Commentary on Czech Mediation Law (Wolters Kluwer, 2019).  As a speaker, he attended numerous international conferences all around the globe (the UIA World Forum of Mediation Centres, the IBA Annual Conference, the German Arbitration Institute Annual Conference, the Conference of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland  and YIAG conferences in Istanbul and Warsaw).