• 1997 Dissertation at Cologne University with Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel with the topic: Ergänzung und Anpassung von Verträgen durch Schiedsgerichte (Gap filling and Contract Adaptation by Arbitral Tribunals) (Summa cum laude)
  • 1994-1996 Clerkship in Cologne
  • 1992-1993 Master of Laws (London, LSE)
  • 1986-1991 Studies of Law in at the Universities in Marburg, Geneva, Cologne

Professional Activity

  • Since 2019  Professor for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School
  • Since 2017 Director of the Center for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School
  • 2014-2015 Visiting Fellow Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge
  •  2012 – 2019 Honorary professor at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
  • Since 2012 Director of the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot in Vienna
  • Since 2005 National Correspondent for Germany to UNCITRAL
  • Since 1999 Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer) in Cologne with specialization in arbitration and international transactions
  • Since 1997 Extensive publication, teaching and lecturing activities in the fields of international business law and arbitration
  • 1997-2005 Senior Research Fellow at RIZ (Law Centre for European and International Cooperation) at Cologne University

Fields of Specialization

  • Arbitration
  • International contract law (trade, construction industry, energy industry, financial sector)
  • Post-M&A disputes



  • German
  • English
  • French


  • Chairman of the Board of  Directors of the German Institution of Arbitration
  • International Board of Finland Arbitration Institute
  • Advisory Board of the August Maria Berges Stiftung für Arbitrales Recht
  • Board of Editors/Academic Advisory Board of several national and international reviews on arbitration and international business law