Comprehensive Vita


  • 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 the Bucerius Law School
  • Since 2017 Director of the Center for International Dispute Resolution at the Bucerius Law School
  • 2014-2015 Visiting fellow Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge
  • 2012 – 2019 Honorary professor at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
  • Since 2012 Co-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

Experience as Arbitrator

  • Sole Arbitrator in 10 proceedings (ICC, DISErGes, DIA, ad hoc)
  • Chairman of the Tribunal in 24 proceedings (ICC, DIS, VIAC, ad hoc)
  • Co-Arbitrator in 62 proceedings (DIS, ICC, SCC, Swiss Rules, KCAB, WIPO, ad hoc)
  • Emergency Arbitrator: 1 proceeding (SCC)


  • German
  • English
  • French

Selected Publications

  • Ergänzung und Anpassung von Verträgen durch Schiedsgerichte, Heymanns (Gap filling and Contract Adaptation by Arbitral Tribunals), 1998
  • Comparative International Commercial Arbitration, Kluwer Law International 2003 (Co-Author with Lew/Mistelis)
  • Arbitrating Foreign Investment Disputes, Kluwer Law International 2004 (Co-Editor, with Horn)
  • Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice, Kluwer Law International, 2nd ed. 2015 (Co-Editor, with Böckstiegel/Nacimiento)
  • Conflict of Laws in International Arbitration, Juris 2nd ed. 2019 (Co-Editor, with Ferrari)
  • UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG) – Commentary, Beck/Hart/Nomos 2nd ed. 2018 – (Co-Editor, with Mistelis/Perales Viscasillas)
  • International Commercial Arbitration – A Transnational Perspective, American Case Book Series – West Law, 7. ed. 2019 (Co-Author mit Várady/Barceló)
  • Since 2004: annual summaries of the German jurisprudence on arbitral matters in the SchiedsVZ (German Arbitration Law Review)
  • More than 80 articles and book contributions on arbitration, international procedural law, international contract law, bank law, international private law; more than 60 case reviews in German and English


  • 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


  • 2006 One of the 45 worldwide leading arbitration experts under 45 (Global Arbitration Review)
  • Since 2006 Regular listings as one of the leading German arbitration practitioners in the JUVE handbook, Who-is-Who Legal (Arbitration and Germany), Chambers
  • 2017/2019  Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers: Arbitration Practioner of the year in Germany/North-Rhine-Westphalia, Arbitration/Mediation
  • Since 2017 Chambers Most in Demand Arbitrators-Germany: Band 1