Ruslan Mirzayev 2019-06-10T19:52:59+00:00

RUSLAN MIRZAYEV

Senior Fellow – Azerbaijan

Ruslan Mirzayev is an ADR expert, international mediator and an international arbitration attorney qualified in the State of New York and Azerbaijan with extensive experience in international dispute resolution.

About Ruslan Mirzayev

Ruslan Mirzayev is an ADR expert, international mediator and an international arbitration attorney qualified in the State of New York and Azerbaijan with extensive experience in international dispute resolution. Ruslan Mirzayev has more than 10 year practical experience in Azerbaijan and abroad, and has also been teaching ADR courses at universities since 2008. 

With proven knowledge of theory and practice of ADR internationally and in the region, Ruslan Mirzayev has acted as an ADR expert under a World Bank-financed project and before the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

Ruslan’s experience in ADR also includes mediating disputes, including as an international mediator appointed by an international organization to mediate large public disputes and representing parties in international investment and commercial arbitration cases as a member of international arbitration teams. 

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Mirzayev is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of the US-educated Azerbaijan Alumni Association, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Azerbaijan.

Litigation Practice

Mr. Mirzayev has represented parties in multi-million dollar international commercial and investment arbitration cases as local counsel, as well as international commercial and settlement negotiations as lead counsel. He has acted as lead counsel for major Azerbaijani corporations in local litigations, merger and acquisitions, and other transactions, primarily involving banking, finance, corporate and commercial law. 

Mediation Practice

Mr. Mirzayev has actively promoted mediation for more than 10 years. Since 2017, his practice has provided mediation services. He has been involved in the design and implementation of mediation programs in connection with the courts in Azerbaijan and has trained mediators to mediate disputes in court. He also took part in drafting of mediation laws and rules.   

Ruslan Mirzayev is a mediator appointed by the Office of the Compliance Advisor / Ombudsman of the World Bank Group. 

ArbMe, the dispute resolution center founded by Mr. Mirzayev, is the leading and prominent providers and promoters of ADR in Azerbaijan.

ADR Achievements and Training

  • Has represented private parties and states as a local counsel in multi-million investment and commercial arbitration cases
  • As an expert under a project financed by the World Bank, was responsible for overseeing the effective operation and administration of the first court-annexed mediation center in Azerbaijan
  • Acted as ADR Expert before the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan and is often invited to international conferences as an expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution in Azerbaijan
  • Awarded a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2017)
  • Has undergone extensive negotiation and mediation training at the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

Mr. Mirzayev has taught alternative dispute resolution courses, including: negotiation, mediation and arbitration, for judicial candidates, attorneys, government officers, other professionals, and students at the Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan and Baku State University for the last ten years. He has also trained mediators in Azerbaijan. He has trained mediators under international projects.

Publications and Education

Publications

Mr. Mirzayev has authored numerous articles on alternative dispute resolution, published by reputable local and international law journals, including the prestigious Journal of International Arbitration (Kluwer).

Educational Qualifications

  • Executive Program (PON), Advanced Negotiations, Harvard University Law School (June 2017)
  • LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, George Washington University Law School (2011)
  • LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law, Stockholm University Law School (2008)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Baku State University Law School (2007)

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