• Areas of Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • International contracts
  • Pre-litigation
  • Admissions
  • Latvia Bar
  • Paris Bar (under European Directive)
  • Education
  • Doctorate in law (EUI)
  • LLM (University of Exeter)
  • Degree in law (University of Latvia)
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • German

Galina ZUKOVA

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Dr. Galina Zukova’s practice concentrates on international commercial and investment arbitration. She represents clients, private and state entities alike, in cases conducted in accordance with the rules of the ICC, VIAC, DIS, SCC, UNCITRAL and other rules, pursuant to different procedural and substantive laws in a broad range of fields and sectors. She is a listed arbitrator in several international and national arbitration institutions.

Galina joined BELOT MALAN & ASSOCIES in November 2016 from a major international (arbitration) law firm in Paris, and prior to that she worked as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration. At the ICC Court she was in charge of the case management team that handled matters involving parties from Central and Eastern Europe, CIS countries, Turkey and Greece. In that role, she oversaw hundreds of arbitrations and scrutinized hundreds of awards. Galina’s previous work experience includes also a leading Baltic law firm, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the European Court of Justice and the Latvian European Integration Bureau, where she was in charge of the legal aspects of Latvia’s admission to the European Union.

Galina is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (for Latvia); a Board Member of the Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI); a member of the Arbitration Council of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC); a member ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and of its Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator; a chair of the Arbitrators Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association; a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Court Bulletin; a member of the Editorial Board of the International Commercial Arbitration Review (Вестник международного коммерческого арбитража) and a member of ArbitralWomen. In the past she has served as a Chair of the European Chapter of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF).

An Associate Professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (Paris-Saclay) and the Riga Graduate School of Law, Galina also lectures on international arbitration at the IELPO Masters programme (University of Barcelona). She graduated from the European University Institute (PhD), holds LL.M. from the University of Exeter and a Lawyer’s Diploma from the University of Latvia.

Galina is a member of the Latvian and Paris Bars (under the European Directive).

Galina is listed in the following specialised rankings: Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders (2017, 2018 and 2019) and Who’s Who Legal France: Arbitration (2017, 2018, 2019). WWL 2019 ranked her as Number 2 of “Most Highly regarded” future arbitration leaders.  They write: “Galina Zukova at Bélot Malan & Associés is “an excellent and experienced lawyer with a particular focus on CIS-related cases”, according to sources. They note, “She has vast experience in and great knowledge of ICC arbitration proceedings.”” In 2018, ArbitralWomen included Galina in its publication “Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution”.

Fluent in English, French, Italian, Latvian, Russian and Spanish, Galina also has a working knowledge of German.

Recent and ongoing engagements where Galina acted as arbitrator include

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a CIS state company and an Eastern European state company related to the transit of gas.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a major Eastern European company and a Western European company related to a construction project in the agricultural sector.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Middle Eastern company and a major Western European company related to a consultancy agreement.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the VIAC) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna between two Western European companies over an international contract for the production and supply of goods.

– President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed jointly by the co-arbitrators) in an ICC arbitration seated in Vienna between a Western company and a CIS state company related to the manufacturing and delivery of goods for the construction of a power plant.

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a SCC arbitration seated in Stockholm between a CIS energy state company and a South European company related to the construction of an energy centre (FIDIC).

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a CIS state company and an Eastern European state company related to the transit of gas.

– Sole Arbitrator in a CAM arbitration seated in Brescia (appointed by the Milan Arbitral Chamber) between a Western European company and a North African company concerning an international sales agreement.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna (expedited procedure) involving a major Asian company and an Eastern European state company concerning the modernization of a power plant.

– Emergency Arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris involving large Asian and Latin American companies over a major infrastructure project related to the construction of a bridge.

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a North African company and a Central African company related to the construction of a tourism complex.

– Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Western European company and a CEE state over a major infrastructure project related to the construction of a bridge (FIDIC).

– Co-arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC investment arbitration seated in Paris between a Cypriot investor and a CIS state entity related to a SPA in the agricultural sector.

– Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Cypriot company and a South Asian company related to an international sale of goods.

– President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed by the co-arbitrators) in a DIS case seated in Berlin involving a CIS company and a Central European company related to an international sale of goods.

 

  • Free Trade between the EU and its Candidate States: The Case of Latvia Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2004 (in English)
  • Together with Jose R. Feris, “Ускоренный арбитраж ICC: нововведения и перспективы применения” (“ICC Expedited Procedure: Innovations and Application”) Закон (Law), September 2017, pp. 186-197 (in Russian)
  • Together with Hosē R. Feriss, “Akcents uz efektivitāti: ICC Paātrinātās procedūras noteikumi” (“Emphasis on Efficiency: ICC Expedited Procedure Provisions”) Jurista Vārds, 31.10.2017., Nr. 45 (999), pp. 10.-17 (in Latvian)
  • Section - “ICC International Court of Arbitration” in Thomas Cottier and Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer (eds.), Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law Edward Elgar Publishing 2017, pp. 307-310
  • Article “Arbitration Institutions: Legal Status, Attributes, Regulatory Supervision” International Arbitration Law Review, 2016, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 102-112
  • Together with Vladimir Khvalei, “ICC Arbitration: Neither Cheaper Nor Faster – Why Then?” International Arbitration Under Review. Essays in honour of John Beechey, ICC Publication No. 772E, 2015, pp. 215-226
  • Together with Inga Kacevska: Chapter on Latvia, in “World Arbitration Reporter" eds. L. Mistelis and L. Shore), 2nd ed., JurisPublisher, 2015
  • “Lettonie: Le principe compétence-compétence n’exclut pas le recours aux tribunaux étatiques pour statuer sur la validité de la clause compromissoire” Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage/The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2015(3), pp. 493-503
  • Назначение арбитров в РАА или Размышления на тему "ищу арбитра" Arbitrations.ru - 21 March 2014
  • Назначение арбитров в РАА или Размышления на тему "ищу арбитра" Zakon.ru - 21 March 2014
  • Co-authour “Commercial Arbitration in Russia After the Judicial Reform” with Natalia Backhaus Корпоративный юрист
  • "Руководящие принципы МАЮ относительно представительства сторон в международном арбитраже", Материалы первых Международных арбитражных чтений памяти академика Побирченко И.Г., Kiev, 2014, pp. 141-155 and журнал Третейский суд, No. 5 (95) 2014, pp. 112-124 (in Russian)
  • Vadlīnijas attiecībā uz pušu pārstāvību starptautiskajā šķīrējtiesā Jurista Vārds, 3 June 2014, No. 22 (824), pp. 25-31 (in Latvian)
  • Together with Vladimir Khvalei and Vilija Vaitkute Pavan, “The New ICC Rules of Arbitration” (in original in Lithuanian “Nauja Tarptautinių Prekybos Rūmu Arbitražo Reglamento Redakcija”) Teisė, 2013, No. 86, pp. 201-216 (Lithuania)
  • Together with Vladimir Khvalei, “Разбирательство по Арбитражному Регламенту ICC: Не быстрее. Не дешевле. Тогда зачем??” (in Russian) Legal Insight, September 2012, No. 7(13), pp. 34-39
  • Together with Vladimir Khvalei, “The New ICC Rules of Arbitration” (in original in Ukrainian “Нова редакцiя Арбiтражного регламенту ICC” - “ICC Šķīrējtiesas Reglamenta jaunā redakcija” Jurista Vārds, 17 January 2012 (in original Latvian) Юридичний журнал, 2012, No. 3, pp. 115-126 (Ukraine)
  • Together with Vladimir Khvalei, “The New ICC Rules of Arbitration” (in original in Russian “Новая редакция Арбитражного регламента ICC” journal Tretejskij sud (Arbitration Court, журнал Третейский суд) No. 6, 2011 (Russia), pp. 73-91
  • “Reforms of Foreign Arbitration Laws” (in original in Russian “Реформа арбитражных законодательств зарубежных стран”) “Вестник Международного Коммерческого Арбитража” (“Journal of International Commercial Arbitration”), No. 2(4) July-December 2011, pp. 108-114.
  • Together with Emmanuel Jolivet: “The European Arbitration Group” “Festskrift till Gustaf Möller”, Tidskrift utgiven av Juridiska Föreningen i Finland, JFT 4-5/2011, pp. 487-494
  • “The Role of International Organizations in the Formation and Development of International Commercial Arbitration: The Experience of the ICC International Court of Arbitration” (“Роль международных организаций в формировании и развитии Международного коммерческого арбитража: Опыт Международного Арбитражного Суда ICC”) Право Украины (Law of Ukraine), 2011, Vol. 2, pp. 64-69
  • “ICC International Court of Arbitration: An Insider’s Perspective” Journal Tretejskij sud (Arbitration Court), 2010, pp. 80-97
  • Together with Inga Kacevska: Chapter on Latvia “World Arbitration Reporter” (eds. L. Mistelis and L. Shore), JurisPublisher, 2010.
  • Report on Latvia A.Lazowski (ed.), Brave New World: Application of EU Law in the New Member States¸T.M.C.Asser Press & CUP, 2010, pp. 243-276
  • “Law on Arbitration: How It Will Look Like?” (Šķīrējtiesu likumprojekts – kāds tas būs?) Jurista Vārds, No.47(542), 16 December 2008, p. 6 (in Latvian)
  • “ES tiesību piemērošana Latvijā” (Application of EU Law in Latvia) Politika.lv - July 2008 (in Latvian)
  • “Eiropas tiesību piemērošana Latvijas tiesās’’ (Application of EU Law in the Latvian Courts) Jurista Vārds, 29 April 2008, pp. 1-10, and 13 May 2008, pp. 21-26 (in Latvian)
  • “Šķīrējtiesu regulējums Latvijā: atsevišķi problēmjautājumi” (Problems in the Latvian Arbitration Regulation) Civilprocesa aktuālie jautājumi. 2007. gada zinātniskās konferences materiālu krājums, Tiesu Nama Aģentūra, 2008, pp. 157-184
  • Article: ‘’Arbitration in Three Baltic States: A Thorny Path of Learning’ Editor-in-Guest, Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 8, 2008, Special Theme “Arbitration in the Baltics: Contemporary Issues”, pp. 1-8
  • “Notion of Investment at the Crossroads. Arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty: Petrobart Limited v. the Kyrgyz Republic” The Reasons Requirement in International Investment Arbitration: Critical Case Studies, edited by Prof. M. Reisman and G. Aguilar Alvarez, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008, pp.323-347
  • “Likumprojekta noteikumi: iebildes un priekšlikumi” (The Latvian Draft Law on Arbitration: Reservations and Proposals) Jurista Vārds, 18 December 2007, No. 51/52, pp. 12-15 (in Latvian)
  • “Amicus Curiae iesniegumi PTO ietvaros” Likums un Tiesības, August 2007, pp. 212-220 (in Latvian)
  • “Amicus Curiae nelle procedure dell’Organizzazione mondiale del commercio: un intervento neutrale?” ‘I principi dell’azione amministrative nello spazio giuridico globale’, a cura de G. della Cananea, Quaestio Juris 3, 2007, pp. 93-123
  • “Politics and Law at the Crossroads: Nomination of Justices to the US Supreme Court” (‘Politika un tiesības: ASV Augstākās tiesas tiesnešu iecelšana’) Jurista Vārds, 4 January 2006
  • Analysis of an ECJ case: Case C-117/01 K. B. v. National Health Service Pensions Agency and Secretary of State for Health, No. 1, pp. 27–29 Likums un Tiesības (Law and Justice), 2005 (in Latvian)
  • Analysis of an ECJ case: Case T-168/02 IFAW Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds gGmbH v. Commission, No. 1, pp.30 –31. Likums un Tiesības (Law and Justice), 2005 (in Latvian)
  • Analysis of an ECJ case: Case C-245/02 Anheuser-Busch Inc. v. Budjovický Budvar, národní podnik , No. 2, p.57–58 Likums un Tiesības (Law and Justice), 2005 (in Latvian)
  • Analysis of an ECJ case: Cases C-465/02 and C-466/02 Germanu and Denmark v. Commission (Greek feta), No. 12 Likums un Tiesības (Law and Justice), 2005 (in Latvian)
  • “Uniform Interpretation and Application of International Agreements in the European Union” Baltic Yearbook of International Law, 2004
  • “Application of International Agreements in the EU Legal Order” Likums un Tiesības (Law and Justice), Dec. 2003 – Feb. 2004, Nrs. 52-54, in Latvian
  • “Uniform Interpretation and Application of the Europe Association Agreements. A Job for the Association Councils or for the Judiciary? The Baltic Case” Centre for European Research, Göteborg University, Report No. 11, 2001