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Rafał Morek, Ph.D.

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Dr. Rafal Morek is a partner in the firm’s Warsaw office. He has extensive experience in construction and dispute resolution. In both practices he is individually recommended by legal rankings, including Chambers, Legal500 and Best Lawyers. He advises clients and represents them before state courts, arbitral tribunals, as well as in negotiation and mediation. In the role of an arbitrator, he conducted over forty proceedings in accordance with the arbitration rules of ICC, UNCITRAL, Polish Chamber of Commerce, Lewiatan Court of Arbitration and SIDIR. Dr. Morek is also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. He has authored several publications on dispute resolution and private law.

Achievements

  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dispute Resolution – Poland: 2016-2014 (Tier 1); 2013 (Tier 2); 2012 (Tier 3); 2011 (Tier 3); 2010 (Tier 2); 2009 (Tier 3)
  • Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution – Poland: 2016-2014 (Band 4); 2013 (Band U); 2012 (Band U)
  • Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution – Most in Demand Arbitrators: 2016-2014 (Band 3)
  • Chambers Europe, Real Estate including: Construction – Poland: 2016-2014 (Band 4)
  • Best Lawyers, Arbitration and Mediation
  • Foundation for Polish Science, Scholarship, 2007
  • University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, Dean's Award for the Best Doctoral Student, 2007
  • Edward Barry McDougall Memorial Scholarship, 2004-2005

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of the Experts’ Board at the Minister of Economy for system solutions regarding amicable methods of settlement of business disputes (since 2013)
  • Member of the task-force of the Codification Commission of the of Civil Law at the Minister of Justice (2012-2013) working on changes to mediation laws
  • Arbitrator recommended by the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw
  • Mediator recommended by the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Financial Supervision Commission
  • Secretary, ADR Board (Społeczna Rada ds. Alternatywnych Metod Rozwiązywania Konfliktów i Sporów przy Ministrze Sprawiedliwości), Poland's Ministry of Justice, since 2009
  • Part-time Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw
  • Visiting lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Canada (winter semester 2010) and the Mohylanian Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine, (summer school 2013).
  • Co-director and mediator, Center for Amicable Dispute Resolution at the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw (since 2006)
  • Team coach at the University of Warsaw in international arbitration competitions of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition and Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competition
  • Appointing Committee’s member, Lewiatan Court of Arbitration, Warsaw, 2008-2011
  • Editor-in-Chief, Arbitration e-Review (e-Przegląd Arbitrażowy), 2009-2011
  • Member, Polish National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris
  • Member of the Polish Arbitration Association and member of the Association for International Arbitration

Speaking Engagements

Selected Presentations/Lectures at the Conferences

  • Conference “Arbitral award”, November 8, 2013, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, (Poland)
  • 4th CCTC International ADR Conference, October 15, 2013, Zagreb (Croatia)
  • Conference of Law Academy of European Law (ERA), April 24-25, 2013, Trier (Germany)
  • Annual Arbitration Conference of the Association of International Young Lawyers Arbitrators (AIJA), March 8, 2013, Basel (Switzerland)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 2012: Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Central and Eastern Europe, November 23, 2012, Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • Cross-Border Mediation within the EU, Institut de Formation Judiciaire – Mediation in Poland, April 16-19, 2012, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Arbitration in Sport 2012, February 8, 2012, Warsaw, (Poland)
  • The World Jurist Association’s 24th Biennial Congress on the Law of the World, October 24, 201, Prague, (Czech Republic)
  • Mediation in Poland: status and perspectives, Ministry of Justice, October 19, 2011, Warsaw (Poland)
  • The Future of Multiparty Arbitration – Mass Claims or a Mass of Problems?, October 14, 2011, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Workshops, Puls Biznesu: Construction works agreement, October 27-28, 2011, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Annual Arbitration Conference of the International Young Lawyers Association, Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats - AIJA, September 23-24, 2011, Warsaw (Poland)

Additional Information

Selected Publications

  • Nihil silentio utilius: confidentiality in mediation and its legal safeguards in the EU Member States”, ERA Forum (2013), no. 14, p. 421–435 (article).
  • “Mediation in Poland“ [In:] G. De Palo and M. B. Trezor (ed.), “EU Mediation: Law and Practice“, Oxford 2012, p. 256-272 (chapter).
  • “Międzynarodowy arbitraż handlowy w krajach Europy Środkowej – kilkanaście lat później” [in:] M. Łaszczuk et al. (ed.), “Arbitraż i mediacja: Księga jubileuszowa dedykowana doktorowi Andrzejowi Tynelowi“, Warszawa 2012, p. 338-345 (chapter).
  • “Dyrektywa Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady 2008/52/WE z dnia 21 maja 2008 r. w sprawie niektórych aspektów mediacji w sprawach cywilnych i handlowych” [in:] K. Weitz, P. Grzegorczyk (ed.), “Europejskie prawo procesowe cywilne i kolizyjne“, LexisNexis, Warszawa 2012 (chapter).
  • “O problemach dotyczących rozstrzygania spraw o błędy lekarskie i o roli mediacji”, Kwartalnik ADR [ADR Quarterly]: Arbitraż i Mediacja [Arbitration and Mediation] 3(15), p. 43-78, 2011 (article).
  • “Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Poland”, [in:] “Arbitration in Poland”, Warszawa 2011, p. 125-140 (chapter).
  • “Alternatywne metody rozwiązywania sporów gospodarczych”, [in:] J. Ciszewski (ed.), “Polskie prawo handlowe”, LexisNexis, Warszawa 2011, p. 459-481 (chapter).
  • “Wielostopniowe klauzule rozwiązywania sporów w praktyce kontraktowej i orzecznictwie wybranych systemów prawa kontynentalnego”, [in:] “Księga pamiątkowa 60-lecia Sądu Arbitrażowego przy Krajowej Izbie Gospodarczej w Warszawie”, Warszawa 2010 (book chapter).
  • “Zasada iura novit arbiter w orzecznictwie sądów zagranicznych”, [in:] “Prawo handlowe XXI wieku. Czas stabilizacji, ewolucji czy rewolucji. Księga jubileuszowa Profesora Józefa Okolskiego”, Warszawa 2010 (book chapter).
  • “Mediacja: teoria i praktyka” (in English: “Mediation: Theory and Practice”), Wolters Kluwer 2009, (book, ed. with E. Gmurzyńska).
  • “Dyrektywa Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady 2008/52/EC z 21.5.2008 r. o niektórych aspektach mediacji w sprawach cywilnych i handlowych: nowy etap rozwoju mediacji w Europie”, Kwartalnik ADR: Arbitraż i Mediacja 3/2008.
  • “Dobrowolność mediacji i jej ograniczenia (prawo i praktyka)”, Studia Iuridica, nr 49. Zgoda jako wyraz autonomii woli (2008).
  • “Interim Measures in Arbitration Law and Practice in Central and Eastern Europe: The Need for Further Harmonization”, a book chapter [in:] “Interim Measures in International Commercial Arbitration”, Maklu Publishers, Antwerp-Apeldoorn 2007.
  • “Wyrok sądu polubownego wydany na podstawie ugody stron. Zarys problematyki”, a book chapter [in:] „Wokół problematyki orzeczeń”, pod red. Ł. Błaszczaka, TNOiK, Toruń 2007.
  • “O potrzebie popularyzacji nowych koncepcji i metod rozwiązywania sporów”, Palestra 7-8/2007.
  • “Problemy prawne ‘turystyki kosmicznej’”, Państwo i Prawo 1/2007.
  • “The Regulatory Framework for Online Dispute Resolution: A Critical View”, The University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, Fall 2006.
  • “Mediacja i arbitraż. Art. 183[1]-183[15], 1154-1217 KPC. Komentarz” (Eng. “Mediation and Arbitration. Article 183[1]-183[15], 1154-1217 of the Civil Procedure Code. Commentary”), C.H. Beck 2006 (book).
  • “Czy prawnicy mają obowiązek informować swoich klientów o metodach polubownego rozwiązywania sporów?”, Biuletyn Arbitrażowy Sądu Arbitrażowego przy Krajowej Izbie Gospodarczej w Warszawie 1/2006.
  • “Uwagi dotyczące ratyfikowania przez Polskę konwencji znoszącej wymóg legalizacji zagranicznych dokumentów urzędowych”, Palestra 11-12/2004.
  • “ADR w sprawach gospodarczych” (Eng. “ADR for Business Disputes”), C.H. Beck 2004, (book).
  • Regular contributions to Kluwermediationblog.com and ”Biuletyn Arbitrażowy” (“Arbitration Bulletin”)
  • Representing a Central European state in the arbitration proceedings conducted pursuant to the ICSID Additional Facility, instituted by American investors in connection with the tax authorities’ actions.
  • Representing numerous clients in construction matters in litigation and arbitration, as well as at the stage of contract preparation and implementation, in particular in respect of road and rail projects, and in the field of environmental protection and energy, especially based on FIDIC contract conditions.
  • Representing a gas&oil company in a dispute against a licence operator in an international project involving exploration and production of crude oil at the North Sea.
  • Counsel to a contractor in its dispute against the employer over the construction of a major railway link in Poland.
  • Counsel to a Lithuanian construction company in a dispute with its JV partner over restructuring within the JV as a result of its leader’s bankruptcy.
  • Counsel to a leading Polish construction company in a dispute with its former JV partner over the JVA agreement concluded for purposes of reconstruction of major water treatment plants in Poland.
  • Counsel to a UK-based multi-national corporation, which delivers planning, design and management services for developing infrastructure and buildings, in the litigation against its Polish business partner over a railway project in Poland.
  • Counsel to a Swiss corporation in the litigation against the former CEO and senior manager of its Polish subsidiary.
  • Counsel to a group of shareholders of a major Polish financial institution in a corporate dispute regarding the validity of shareholders meetings’ and supervisory board’s resolutions.
  • Counsel to various clients in arbitration-related state court proceedings in particular regarding jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals (Article 1180 CCP), setting aside of arbitral awards, as well as their recognition and enforcement.
  • Counsel to a professional sports agency against a football player in arbitration-related court-proceedings.