Dame Elizabeth Gloster, Professor Burkhard Hess, Professor Dr. Paul Oberhammer and Franz Schwarz will discuss changes in the field of international arbitration and civil procedure and the possible advantages of arbitration for UK-EU commerce. Topics of discussion will include issues of jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement, parallel proceedings, lis pendens, evidence, and service.
Dame Elizabeth Gloster practised as a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 until 2004, before accepting an appointment as a High Court judge, becoming the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court in 2016. Since retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Liz has returned to One Essex Court to practise as a full-time international commercial arbitrator. She has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a large number and wide range of international arbitrations including insurance/reinsurance, banking, gas and oil, construction, joint venture and investment disputes. Liz is one of 25 persons listed as willing and able to serve as a member of an arbitration panel under the Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom relating to the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. In November 2020 she produced her independent investigation's report into the Financial Conduct Authority's regulation of London Capital & Finance plc. She was Treasurer of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for 2018 and is an Honorary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge and Harris Manchester, Oxford. She is Patron of the London Branch of the CIArb and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.
Professor Burkhard Hess became the founding director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in September 2012. After his habilitation at the University of Munich, he held chairs at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg. He holds honorary professorships at the Universities of Heidelberg and Luxembourg. He was awarded doctor honoris causa by the universities of Gent and Thessaloniki. Amongst others, he was a guest professor in Taipei, Georgetown, Paris (Sorbonne), The Hague and in Beijing; furthermore been invited as scholar-in-residence at the Center for Transnational Law at the New York University on various occasions. Professor Hess is inter alia president of the Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Internationales Verfahrensrecht, vice-president (Europe) of the International Association of Procedural Law as well as associate of the Institut de Droit international. He is the author of many books, commentaries and articles on European and comparative procedural law (including the treatise “Europäisches Zivilprozessrecht”, 2nd ed. 2021, 1030 pages). He regularly advises national and transnational lawmakers.
Professor Dr. Paul Oberhammer has taught civil procedure, civil law and commercial law in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, at the universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Zürich, and Vienna, where he currently holds the chair for international and Austrian civil procedure. Professor Oberhammer recently served as the Dean of the University of Vienna’s law faculty and, amongst other appointments, he is a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, a member of the Academia Europaea and a board member of the Civil Procedure Association of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Professor Oberhammer, who is admitted to the bar of Hamburg and serves as Of Counsel at WilmerHale, has authored more than 250 publications in the field and is active in international arbitration as an arbitrator, expert and party representative.
Franz Schwarz is Global Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Group at WilmerHale and Vice-President of the International Arbitral Centre in Vienna. He has been involved as counsel or arbitrator in more than 250 arbitrations, and will moderate the discussion.
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