International Women’s Day: Four Women

Today is International Women’s Day. Australian bass player Linda May Han Oh has curated a jazz playlist to honour International Women’s Day – it is absolutely worth listening to. I am sharing one of my favorites tunes on that list: “Four Women” by Nina Simone. Here is the link to an early live performance, and here to some background reading.

Photo: RCA Victor, Nina Simone, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

New German Judge at International Court of Justice: Georg Nolte

Today, Georg Nolte takes office as a judge at the International Court of Justice. He was newly elected to a nine-year-term by the United Nation’s General Assembly and the Security Council in November 2020. Nolte currently is a professor of international law at Humboldt University, Berlin, and a member of the International Law Commission.

In support of his candidacy, the German government had published a brochure. It details his vision for the court and this curriculum vitae. The brochure does not mention – quite righly so – this piece of personal trivia: Georg Nolte’s father was Ernst Nolte, a prominent historian best known for Der Faschismus in seiner Epoche (The Three Faces of Fascism, 1963/1965) and the 1980s controversy stirred by his work.

Professor Nolte’s photo has been taken from the brochure.

The Month in Retrospect: What Else Happened in January 2021

Good Old-fashioned Print: IPRax and RabelsZ

The first issue of this year’s IPRax is now out, and English-language abstracts can be found over at Conflict of Laws. The same is true for RabelsZ: Issue 1/2021 is available online, with abstracts on Conflict of Laws. The focus of RabelsZ is on private international law, whereas IPRax does have a couple of procedural articles on post-Brexit judicial cooperation, on cum-ex jurisdiction as well as on the Lugano Convention and the Brussels Regulation. Continue reading and Dispute Resolution Germany

Those of you who read German may already be aware of, Benedikt Windau’s blog on civil procedure. Last year, Benedikt kindly invited me to become a regular contributor to, with a focus on arbitration and international civil procedure. It’s really been fun working with Benedikt over the last year, from discussing the delights of blogging to sharing ideas and co-authoring for FAZ. Going forward, I will be publishing English-language versions or summaries of posts with an arbitration or international angle over here as well.


Photo: Publication of “Civilprozessordnung” in the German Reich’s Federal Gazette, 18 February 1877, Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt 1877 006 083, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons.