Dr Patricia Zivkovic

Dr Patricia Zivkovic
SJD(PhD) (Central European University, Budapest), LLM (Central European University, Budapest), mag. iur. (Law School, University of Zagreb)


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Dr Patricia Zivkovic
Dr Patricia Zivkovic

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Patricia Živković has joined the School of Law in 2019. Patricia finished her undergraduate studies in 2011 at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. She holds an LL.M. degree in International Business Law ('12) and an S.J.D. (PhD) degree ('16) from the Central European University (Budapest/New York). She defended her doctoral thesis on the topic “The Determination, Payment, and Allocation of Costs in International Commercial Arbitration” with the highest grade (summa cum laude).

Patricia worked as a research assistant for Professor Emeritus Tibor Várady at the CEU during her doctoral studies and continued to work on arbitration cases as a counsel in a law firm. She actively fosters the usage of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms by co-chairing the Young Croatian Arbitration Practitioners, an association for younger members of the arbitration community in Croatia, which she also co-founded, and by coaching students from various international law faculties for participation in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court. Patricia also held the position of an associate editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and she obtained in-house experience in the IT industry as Head of Legal Department.

Before joining the University of Aberdeen, Patricia held the position of an assistant professor at the International University of Sarajevo, where she coordinated and taught civil law courses, including, inter alia, Business Law and Property Law.

Her focus in teaching and researching includes international dispute resolution, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration, private international law, commercial law, international sales of goods, the law of the European Union, and IT law. She is a member of the Centre for Private International Law and the Centre for Commercial Law



Memberships and Affiliations


Acting Deputy Director of the Center for Private International Law

Course co-ordinator of LS5083, LS551X, LS4011, LS503B/LS553B, LS452M

Member of the Law School's Library Committee

Personal tutor


Permanent Contributor to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog (blog posts archive)

Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation

Co-Chair of the Young Croatian Arbitration Practitioners

Member of the Committee of the Northern Chapter of the Scottish Branch of the CIArb

Member of the Scottish Universities Dispute Resolution Network

Member of the Scottish Law and Innovation Network (SCOTLIN)


Research Areas

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  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Comparative Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • European Union Law
  • Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Research Overview

Patricia's focus in teaching and researching includes:

  • international dispute resolution, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration,
  • private international law,
  • commercial law,
  • international sale of goods,
  • the law of the European Union, and
  • IT law.

Current Research

  • The enforceability of arbitration clauses in antitrust damages cases and the procedural, evidential, and substantive barriers in arbitration for the private enforcement of antitrust damages;
  • Legal and ethical considerations of biometrics and AI;
  • Contract management in IT companies;
  • The right to access to justice in arbitration.


Patricia is a member of the following research and professional networks:

  • The Committee of the Northern Chapter of the Scottish Branch of the CIArb,
  • BlockchainResolve,
  • The Scottish Universities Dispute Resolution Network,
  • The Scottish Law and Innovation Network (SCOTLIN).




Teaching Responsibilities



LS5083 International Commercial Arbitration (Course Co-ordinator)

LS551X Negotiations Skills (online) (Course Co-ordinator)

LS503B/LS553B International Sale of Goods (online) (Course Co-ordinator)



LS452M Regulation of Biometric Data and Profiling: Social, Ethical and Legal Implications Honours (Course Co-ordinator)

LS/LX4011 Law of Sales Honours (Course Co-ordinator)

LS401Q Private International Law of Commercial Law Honours

LS2026 EU Institutions and Law


Taught before:

LS1026 Case Studies on Law in Society (Interim Course Co-ordinator)

LS5905 Professional Arbitration Skills




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  • Arbitration in Antitrust Damages Cases in the European Union

    Zivkovic, P., Kalliokoski, T.

    International Arbitration and EU Law. Mata Dona, J. R., Lavranos, N. (eds.). 1 edition. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 160–175, 16 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Book review: Overriding Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration by Hossein Fazilatfar

    Zivkovic, P.

    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 452-453

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Metka Potočnik, Arbitrating Brands:: International Investment Treaties and Trade Marks ( Elgar International Investment Law 2019), ISBN: 978 1 78897 180 5 (print copy available from Elgar Publishing, £90.00; ebook version available from various ebook vendors, £22)

    Zivkovic, P.

    ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal, vol. 35, no. 1-2, pp. 415–418

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • IEL Commercial and Economic Law - Croatia

    Zivkovic, P., Praštalo, B.

    Kluwer Law International, Netherlands. 163 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • The Recoverability of Outcome-Based Fees Related to Dispute Financing in International Arbitration: Does the Essar v Norscot Case Bring Anything New to the Table?

    Živković, P.

    Slovenska arbitrazna praksa, vol. VI, no. 1, pp. 35-50

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Impecunious Parties in Arbitration: An Overview of European National Courts' Practice

    Zivkovic, P.

    Croatian Arbitration Yearbook, vol. 23, pp. 33-52

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • If They Finance Your Claim, Will They Pay Me if I Win: Implications of Third-Party Funding on Adverse Costs Awards in International Arbitration

    Zivkovic, P., Galagan, D.

    European Scientific Journal

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Bankruptcy and International Arbitration: Some Comparative Snapshots

    Zivkovic, P.

    Slovenska arbitrazna praksa, vol. IV, no. 3

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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