What You Read in 2015 – The Top Ten Posts

labyrinthDear Readers,  as 2016 begins, I had a look at what you read in 2015. There are two topics that emerge as favourites: On the one hand, investor state arbitration, and on the other hand, sports arbitration. Out of the top ten, posts no. 2, 6 and 7 all relate the decision of the Munich courts in the Pechstein case, where an award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport  in a doping case was not recognized in Germany.

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Sports Law: Update on Olympic Sports Confederation’s Liability in Friedek Case

logo_dosb_neuEarlier this month, we reported the decision of the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) to hold the Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) liable for damages for its failure to nominate Charles Friedek, the former triple jump world champion, for the Bejing Olympic Games. On Friday, the Federal Supreme Court published the full judgment. Continue reading

Sports Law: Federal Supreme Court Finds German Olympic Sports Confederation Liable for Failure to Nominate Athlete for Olympic Games

Willie_Banks_Jr__in_Seoul_1988Charles Friedek, the former triple jumper who was world champion in 1999, had sued the German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, DOSB) on the basis that DOSB wrongly failed to nominate him for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) has today confirmed the first instance judgment that had held DOSB liable for damages in principle. Friedek is claiming lost revenue, made up of foregone appearance fees, price monies and sponsorship deals. Continue reading

Public International Law in International Arbitration: 3rd Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture, Berlin, September 22, 2015

Berlin_Große_Orangerie_1987_01On September 22, 2105, Professor Bruno Simma, University of Munich and University of Michigan, will deliver the 3rd Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture, organized by the German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, DIS) and named after its Honorary Chairman, Professor Böckstiegel. The first lectures had been held in Bergisch-Gladbach, but this year, the date and location have been chosen to link into the DIS Autumn Meeting the following day in Berlin. The Autumn Meeting discusses Power Imbalances in International Arbitration.

The photo shows the venue of the lecture, the Orangery of Schloss Charlottenburg. Copyright Frank Schwichtenberg via Wikipedia