Senior Fellow – Belarus

Tatsiana Bialiayeva is a lawyer, commercial mediator, and mediation and business negotiation trainer in Belarus.

About Tatsiana Bialiayeva

Tatsiana Bialiayeva is a lawyer, commercial mediator, and mediation and business negotiation trainer in Belarus.

She is a regional mediator for the Compliance Advisory Office of the World Bank and was invited as one of two mediators to assist in the resolution of a lengthy and ongoing case involving several International Finance Corporation projects and forced labor issues in Uzbekistan. The case assessment report is public and available at: http://www.cao-ombudsman.org/cases/UzbekistanIndoramaHamkorbank.htm.

She further serves on the panel of mediators at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus and on the panel of neutrals at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Ms. Bialiayeva is a Ph.D. candidate at the Belarussian State University, and her academic work is devoted to international commercial mediation.

As a lawyer and certified mediator, Ms. Bialiayeva is recognized in international legal ratings (Legal 500 and IFLR1000).

Litigation Practice

Ms. Bialiayeva advises foreign clients on commercial and labor matters and dispute resolution, including: international commercial arbitration, cross-border, and domestic commercial cases.

Ms. Bialiayeva’s litigation practice focuses on civil law, including:

  • Commercial contracts, such as international contracts and vendor disputes
  • Property and property development, including land-lord/tenant disputes
  • Corporate and employment law
  • Consumer protection
  • Energy law
  • Environment protection and public interest litigation

Mediation Practice

Ms. Bialiayeva has mediated commercial and labor cases in the U.S., Lithuania, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. She is the first mediator and mediation trainer in Belarus with extensive international experience. She was a member of several pilot projects conducted by the High Economic and Supreme Courts of Belarus on commercial and labor mediation development in the state courts of Belarus. Ms. Bialiayeva was a member of the working group on the development of the Draft Law on Mediation, and is currently a member of the working group on amendments to the national law on mediation.

Ms. Bialiayeva works in close connection with the state courts to incorporate court-referred mediation models in the domestic court system. She is a mediation trainer and trains domestic and foreign judges, attorneys, and mediators in the field of mediation in Belarus and abroad (Ukraine, USA, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan).

Her diverse mediation experience includes cases in the areas of:

  • Disputes between local communities and international lenders (banks, international financial organizations)
  • Property and real estate, joint development, landlord/tenant, intellectual property
  • Contracts, including: commercial contracts, sub-contracts, vendor disputes
  • Commercial, founder disputes, IT disputes, transfer of business, partnership, cross border commercial disputes, consumer disputes
  • Company disputes, shareholder issues, oppression and mismanagement, business termination
  • Environmental disputes
ADR Achievements and Training

  • Ms. Bialiayeva has received several honor acknowledgments from the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus in recognition of her contribution to the development of mediation in Belarus.
  • Was nominated and listed in “The International Who’s Who Legal” of Commercial Mediation
  • Awarded a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2013)
  • Awarded a Senator Muskie Fellowship (2013)
  • Awarded Carnegie Research Fellowship by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (2011)
  • Has undergone extensive advanced mediation training at Stanford Law School, the Compliance Advisory Office of the World Bank, JAMS (San Francisco), and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, US Superior Court of Los Angeles, UIS Prosecution Office, and Partners Global

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

As a part of the Centre for Mediation and Negotiation in Belarus:

  • She has been a mediation trainer and conducted numerous mediation trainings and workshops for local and foreign lawyers, judges of courts of various levels, and other mediators.
  • She created and conducted the first Pilot Therapy Group of Psychological Support for mediators who are engaged in high-level conflict cases and suffering from emotional distress and strain.
  • She has conducted various trainings for trainers and negotiation trainings for top-managers of large international corporations.
  • She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of International Relations of the Belarussian State University. She was the first lecturer who introduced to Belarusian students a cross- cultural business negotiations exercise in cooperation with Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Publications and Education


Ms. Bialiayeva has more than 50 academic publications analyzing various aspects of mediation as an alternative way of dispute resolution.

Educational Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (2013)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in International and European Law, European Humanities University (2008)
  • Group Psychotherapy Certification, Moscow Institute of Gestalt Therapy

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