Evgeni Georgiev 2018-10-17T04:58:08+00:00

Evgeni Georgiev

Senior Fellow – Bulgaria

Evgeni Georgiev has been a trial judge for over seventeen years and was the first judge to successfully use mediation techniques in his courtroom, beginning in 2006. He is currently a trial judge at the Sofia City Court.

About Evgeni Georgiev

Evgeni Georgiev has been a trial judge for over seventeen years and was the first judge to successfully use mediation techniques in his courtroom, beginning in 2006. He is currently a trial judge at the Sofia City Court.

Judge Georgiev and his judicial colleagues and mediators initiated the first sustainable court-annexed mediation program in Bulgaria: the Settlement and Mediation Center at the Sofia City Court. Judge Georgiev has served as a Chair of the Managing Commission of the Center, now a leading model in Bulgaria. He continues to work to improve its operations through the coordination of training projects, quality assurance, and support-building initiatives.

He served as a Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the European Judicial Association for Mediation (GEMME). In 2008, he founded the Bulgarian section of GEMME.

Litigation Practice

Judge Georgiev has over seventeen years of experience on the bench and has adjudicated insurance, contract, tort, real estate, probate, defamation, class actions and labor disputes.

Mediation Practice

Judge Georgiev has managed over 150 settlement conferences and mediations while a trial judge at the Municipal Court. At the Sofia City Court, he regularly refers cases to mediation and when appropriate, conducts settlement conferences. His experience in mediation and settlement conferences includes: probate, labor, shareholder, insurance and commercial disputes.

ADR Achievements and Training

  • Weinstein JAMS International Fellow (2011)
  • Recipient of the honorable sign of the Municipal Court of Sofia for improving the administration of justice
  • Over 200 hours of mediation and ADR training in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Pepperdine University School of Law, and at JAMS
  • Conducted research on court-annexed mediation programs and early neutral evolution at the library of Georgetown Law Center, Washington, D.C. and Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, Germany

Publications and Education

Publications

Judge Georgiev has published articles on mediation, comparative civil trial procedure, and judicial ethics in Bulgaria, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, and the United States.

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D., University of Sofia School of Law, Sofia, Bulgaria (2013)
  • Diploma in Civil Procedure (East Central European Scholarship Program Fellow), Georgetown Law Center, Washington, D. C., USA (2005)
  • LL.M., Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, USA (2003)
  • LL.B., University of Sofia School of Law (1998)

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