Ilija Mitrev Penushliski has been selected to be an ambassador for the Vienna International Arbitral Centre as part of their VIAC Community Ambassador Network (VIAC CAN).

The VIAC is one of Europe’s premier arbitral institutions, serving as a focal point for the settlement of commercial disputes in both the regional and international community, and the CAN is part of its global network of leading arbitration professionals.

In addition, Ilija recently spoke at the inaugural Congress of VIAC Ambassadors, hosted by the VIAC CAN. The theme of the conference was “connecting the dots: CEE/SEE in focus”, and Ilija spoke on a panel on “Investment arbitration in CEE / SEE – new opportunities – can VIAC’s investment rules fill the gap?”.

The panel focused on developments in investment arbitration in the countries of Central and Southeast Europe and explored how VIAC fits their policy preferences.

The conference took place in person on Friday 17 February 2023 in Vienna, Austria.


Ilija is a partner in the Paris office. Ilija has represented clients in international arbitrations conducted under all major arbitration rules. His practice focuses on complex investment and commercial arbitrations, particularly in the energy sector. He has extensive experience with proceedings for the annulment and enforcement of arbitral awards in numerous jurisdictions.

Ilija has also advised clients in relation to the renegotiation of bilateral investment treaties and on public international law issues, more generally, including on immunities, the law of the sea, and international criminal law.

Ilija is featured in Who’s Who Legal 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 – Arbitration as a Future Leader, which hails him as “one of the most outstanding legal minds of his generation”, someone who “knows the cases inside out”, and a “truly remarkable’ arbitration lawyer who has an impressive ability to manage very complex cases and to develop strategy”.  One client notes “I was most impressed with the depth of Mr Mitrev Penusliski’s knowledge across various areas of public international law”.

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