Ilija Mitrev Penushliski spoke at a conference entitled “Contract and Disputes with Government-Owned Companies: International Arbitration at the Intersection of Public and Private Interests” held in connection with a three-day training on oral advocacy to prepare law students from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, Albania, and Montenegro for the 30th Willem C. Vis Moot competition.

Ilija addressed “Corruption Allegations in International Arbitration”, in a detailed presentation of issues of corruption in both investment and commercial arbitration.

The event was hosted by the United States Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in collaboration with the University of Zenica Faculty of Law, ARBITRI, GIZ, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The conference took place on Thursday 9 February 2023.


Ilija is a partner in the Paris office. He 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 is featured in Who’s Who Legal 2020, 2021 and 2022 – 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”.


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