Should the Setting Aside of an Arbitral Award Be Abolished?

A rather provocative question – to which I do not pretend to have the answer. But ist appears that Professor Albert Jan van den Berg may have it. He will deliver the 2nd Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture on that topic. The lecture is organized by the German Institution for Arbitration in honour of Karl-Heinz-Böckstiegel, its long-time president and current honorary president. It will be held on September 13, 2013 at Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, Bergisch Gladbach, near Cologne. Continue reading

DIS Autumn Conference – DIS ADR Services, Berlin, October 16 – 17, 2013

The traditional autumn conference of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) this year is devoted to the discussion of ADR procedures and methods, which a focus on the ADR Services that DIS itself offers. We have reported on DIS suite of ADR rules and regulations in early 2012 when they were released in English. Continue reading

International Arbitration: Italy vs. Germany 1:1

Michael McIlwrath’s post at the Kluwer Arbitration Blog today, A Dispute With A View, finds very kind words for DIS, the German Institution of Arbitration. Michael compares the approach of the Italian Chambers of Commerce to international disputes with that of the DIS and finds that the latter “has the advantage of making the resolution process appear more neutral, consistent, and reliable in the eyes of those who hail from outside the city’s walls.”  However, Italy, and Florence in particular, score high on location and local flavour. I am happy to concede that I have not yet come accross a German arbitration venue with a view to match the one from the Florence Chamber of Commerce. To me it appears that on balance, in arbitration at least, Germany achieves something that in football it did not manage for quite a while: a draw against Italy.

Michael also acknowledges the international ambitions of the DIS, “confirmed last year when the DIS recruited Francesca Mazza, formerly a senior manager of the ICC, as the institution’s new secretary general.” Francesca’s move to Cologne of course is a German-Italian success story in its own right.

The picture shows the commemorative plaque at the Aztec Stadium, Mexico City, dedicated to the semi-final of the 1970 World Cup between Italy and Germany, known as the Game of the Century.

 

 

Presentation of the MAL Digest/UNCITRAL Rules – Berlin Conference, March 1, 2013

The German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) is organizing, jointly with UNCITRAL, Humboldt-University Berlin and the German Ministry of Justice, a conference “Presentation of the MAL Digest / UNCITRAL Rules” to be held in Berlin on March 1, 2013. The event will cover two topics: The presentation of the digest of case law on the UNCITRAL Model Law on the one hand, and the 2010 UNCITRAL Rules and their administration by DIS on the other hand.