International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration

ICLG International ArbitrationDonata von Enzberg and I have authored the German chapter in the ICLG International Arbitration 2019. The guide covers common issues in international arbitration laws and regulations – including arbitration agreements, governing legislation, choice of law rules, selection of arbitral tribunal, preliminary relief and interim measures – in 52 jurisdictions,

We still have some hard copies to give away – if you are interested, let me know and we will ship a copy to you, while stocks last. Continue reading

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15th Frankfurt Roundtable on Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration, 12 November 2019

The Frankfurt Roundtable on Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration is taking place on 12 November 2019 and celebrating its 15th anniversary. As always, the event is organized by Alfred Escher and Jan Schäfer – congratulations!

The litigators are discussing the establishment of International Commercial Courts (for example at next week’s IBA Conference in Milan), and the investment arbitration community ponders the establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). Just a coincidence? The MIC is on the agenda, as are human rights, and – almost inevitably – Brexit. Here’s a link to the full programme: Gesprächskreis Investitionsrecht und -schiedsgerichtsbarkeit 2019.

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Pledge for Greener Arbitration

Green-Arbitration-PledgeThe aptly named Lucy Greenwood is promoting the idea of a Pledge for Greener Arbitrations. Excellent idea – here it is:

  • At all times during the arbitration I will consider and question the need to fly;

  • At all times during the arbitration I will only correspond through electronic means unless hard copy correspondence is expressly required in the circumstances;

  • As an arbitrator, I will not request hard copies of documents to be provided to me;

  • As an arbitrator, I will discourage the use of hard copy bundles in hearing rooms;

  • As an arbitrator, I will suggest, and as counsel I will consider, where appropriate, that witnesses give evidence through video-link rather than attend hearings in person;

  • I will review the level of air conditioning in hearing rooms;

  • As an arbitrator, I will not travel unnecessarily to deliberate with my co-arbitrators, and will use screen sharing/video technology instead;

  • As counsel, I will not travel unnecessarily to conduct fact finding or other interviews with witnesses and will use screen sharing/video technology instead where appropriate;

  • I will offset the carbon emissions of any flights I make to arbitration hearings.

To take the pledge, klick here!

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Goethe Universität Frankfurt: German & International Arbitration, Summer Term 2019

1200px-Goethe-Logo_svgGoethe University’s law school continues its tradition of running a Summer Programme on German and International Arbitration. It is for those wanting to learn more about commercial arbitration: Continue reading

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