Pool of Arbitrators

Zoltan Novak

Zoltán Novák, Ph.D., Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Zoltán Novák is an attorney-at-law and arbitrator focusing on art law, copyright, commercial law, and dispute resolution.

He regularly gives lectures at renowned law schools (e.g. in Budapest and in Lviv) on matters related to commercial and investment disputes. He has also published extensively on issues related to art law, commercial law and arbitration. His article entitled ‘Porgy and Bess return to Budapest: can an ‘unwritten’ condition of the copyright holder be breached?’ was published in the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice. His forthcoming publications include an article on Contractual Counterclaims in Investment Treaty Arbitration.

In his legal practice, he has successfully represented public collections in a 100 million USD art restitution case. He has also advised public and private collections and other stakeholders on various art-related disputes (including questions of ownership, breach of contract and copyright matters). He has also been involved in several high-profile international arbitrations under various rules and governing laws since 2010.
He has participated as arbitrator in a wide range of moot courts at both the domestic and international level since 2017. He is a member of the Budapest Bar Association. He was appointed to the original Arbitration and Mediation pools of CAfA in December 2022.

In 2018, his team was named “Legal Team of the Year 2018 in IP Law” by Wolters Kluwer in Hungary. He is a member of the Hungarian Arbitration Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the International Trademark Association as well as Common Sense Society.

Zoltán Novák’s educational background includes: Doctor of Laws (J.D.), University of Debrecen; Diploma in Philosophy and History, University of Debrecen; an LL.M. from Queen Mary University of London, International Dispute Resolution; and a Ph.D. from the University of Debrecen (2011).

Jurisdiction: Hungary