Senior Fellow – Republic of Georgia

Giorgi Tsertsvadze is an Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University Law Faculty.

About Giorgi Tsertsvadze

Giorgi Tsertsvadze is an Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University Law Faculty. A practicing lawyer since 2003, he is a member of the Georgian Bar Association and founder/managing partner of the law firm J&T Consulting, a leading law firm in Georgia. He has also served as a mediator on the Global Mediation Panel for the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes since 2020.

A certified mediator, Dr. Tsertsvadze was one of the founders of the EBA Mediation and Arbitration Center and a founder of the Georgian Association of Mediators and the National Center for ADR at Tbilisi State University (TSU-NCADR), one of the first centers to develop and implement mediation in Georgia.

Dr. Tsertsvadze has extensive international experience, and he is the beneficiary of grants and scholarships from, and actively participates in, programs by the Max Planck Institute for International Private and Comparative Law (Germany), the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), the German Academic Exchange Service (Germany), Chuo Law School (Japan), Japan Association of Arbitrators (Japan) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the JAMS Foundation (USA – Harvard University, Stanford University, Pepperdine University), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).

Litigation Practice

Dr. Tsertsvadze’s litigation experience includes the following practice areas: Contracts, Corporate law, Investment law, Labor law, Competition law, Insurance law, Banking law and Conflict of law.

Mediation Practice

Dr. Tsertsvadze mediates cases related to Construction, Banking and Contractual Disputes.

ADR Achievements and Training

  • Certified Mediator, Frank Evans Center For Conflict Resolution, South Texas College of Law Houston (2012)
  • First Chairman of the Georgian Association of Mediators (2015-2018)
  • Academic Director, National Center for ADR, Tbilisi State University (2016-present)
  • “Strategic Negotiation Skills,” Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (2016)
  • “Negotiating the Non-Negotiable,” Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (2016)
  • Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship (2016)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Dr. Tsertsvadze teaches Mediation and Basic Trends of Development of the International Arbitration Practice at Tbilisi State University, and he is a trainer of the Georgian Bar Association and Tbilisi State University National Center for ADR.
  • He has conducted numerous trainings, public lectures and workshops for Georgian lawyers, notaries, business representatives, and he lectures at the Tbilisi and regional universities.

Publications and Education


Dr. Tsertsvadze has published more than ten scientific research papers in Georgia, Germany, Austria, Japan and in the United States of America. He is also the author of the following books:

  • Competition Law – “A European Model” for Georgia, The 1st Volume, World of Lawyers Publishing (2020)
  • Co-author, Commentary on Georgian Civil Code (2015-2016)
  • Co-author, Contract law, Meridiani Publishing (2014)
  • Introduction to International Investment Law, Meridiani Publishing (2013)
  • Mediation – A Form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Meridiani Publishing (2010) (General Review).
  • International Arbitration (Comparative Analysis), Bona Causa Publisher (2008)

Educational Qualifications

  • Law degrees at Tbilisi State University, Bachelors and Masters Degrees (1999-2004)
  • Ph.D. at Tbilisi State University (Thesis: Prerequisites for International Arbitration Hearing) (2009)

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