Law to Fight Child Marriages Incompatible with the Basic Law

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This is a post for conflicts of laws nerds and lovers of legal policy – a lesson in symbolic politics and disregard for private international law expertise. And it takes me back to my days as a student assistant to Professor Schurig at Passau University where I learned the tools of the trade..

Following a referral by the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof), the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has overturned the Law to Fight Child Marriages (Gesetz zur Bekämpfung von Kinderehe). Continue reading

The German “Commercial Courts” Dilemma

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In an M&A contract, the parties consider agreeing on the jurisdiction of the German courts. The corporate guys get in touch: “Isn’t there this M&A chamber at the Frankfurt District Court, where they conduct proceedings in English…?”

Well:

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Video Hearings to Become Standard Practice

Last week, the Federal Ministry of Justice published a draft bill which aims at making video hearings standard practice. The scope of Section 128a Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO) will be expanded; the provision will supplemented by a new Section 284 para. 2 ZPO dealing with the taking of evidence by video. Continue reading

Wirtschaftswoche: Leading Litigators in Germany 2022

Pleased to see that leading German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche has included my firm and myself it its 2022 ranking of top litigation firms and individual practitioners. It feels good to be in the company of such esteemed colleagues – including quite a few opposing counsel. Thanks to all those of who voted for me. I will try my very best to live up to your expectations!