6th Hamburg International Arbitration Days Conference


Pervasive and New Issues

DateTuesday, April 5, 2022
Time1:30pm - 6:30pm (CET)
Venueat Bucerius Law School (2G+ rules apply) and online via Zoom
FeesEUR 30 (waivable upon request for students and trainee lawyers)

Conflict of laws questions arise at every corner of international arbitration proceedings. Despite an increasing harmonization of the relevant laws the question which law governs particular procedural or jurisdictional questions or the merits may still be outcome determinative as recent awards and decisions in various jurisdictions show.

The Center for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School, CAM-CCBC, HAC and Rechtsstandort Hamburg e.V. invite you to join us at the main event of the Hamburg International Arbitration Days debating Conflict of Laws in Arbitration.


Additional information for German lawyers: We will gladly issue you a certificate of attendance (§ 15 FAO) for your specialist lawyer training hours (Fachanwaltsfortbildungsstunden). If this is of interest to you, please send us an e-mail to cidr(at)law-school.de. Please be aware that recognition is subject to the approval of the bar association that is responsible for you.



Please register until March 29, 2022 by clicking on the button below.



1:30pmRegistration and Refreshments
2:00pmWelcome Address 
Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll | Bucerius Law School
Eleonora Coelho | CAM-CCBC

Conflict of Laws Questions in Arbitration: a (Latin-)American Perspective
Professor Dr. Nadia de Araujo | Nadia de Araujo Advogados

Conflict of Laws Questions in Arbitration: the Relevance of European Law
Dr. Reinmar Wolff | University of Marburg – Vice President of DIS


Coffee Break

Mandatory Rules in Arbitration: Disregard or Ex Officio Application?
Professor Dr. Giuditta Cordero-Moss | University of Oslo

Conflict Issues Relating to the Arbitrator's Contract
Professor Dr. Francisco Satiro | University of São Paulo

5:15pmCoffee Break

The Law Governing the Arbitration Agreement
Assistant Professor Dr. Milena Djordević | University of Belgrade


Closing Remarks
Dr. Elke Umbeck | Hamburg Arbitration Circle


Networking Reception

7:30pmPossible Networking Dinner (more information here)


Center for International Dispute Resolution
Bucerius Law School – Hochschule für Rechtswissenschaft gGmbH
Email: cidr(at)law-school.de

Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll, LL.M.
Professor for International Dispute Resolution
Center of International Dispute Resolution
Email: stefan.kroell(at)law-school.de

Professor Dr. Karsten Thorn, LL.M.
Chair of Civil Law V - Civil Law, Private Internationaland International Commercial Law,
and Comparative Law
Center for International Dispute Resolution
Email: karsten.thorn(at)law-school.de



Eleonora Coelho obtained her law degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and obtained her master’s degree in Civil law, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods from the Paris II – Panthéon-Assas University. She acts as arbitrator and attorney in several national and international arbitration proceedings. Ms. Coelho is member of the body of arbitrators of many Arbitration and Mediation Chambers in Brazil. She was also part of the commission of attorneys responsible for the reform of the Arbitration Act which originated Law 13.129/15 and has published several articles on arbitration, as well as ministered classes and lectures regarding the subject

Giuditta Cordero-Moss, Dr. juris (Oslo), PhD (Moscow), Professor, Oslo University, publishes and lectures in Norway and internationally within the fields of contract law, private international law and arbitration. Former corporate lawyer, since 2002 arbitrator under the arbitration rules of numerous institutions and ad hoc. She is, i.a.: member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law (since 2019); member of the ICC Court of Arbitration (since 2018); member of the Council, Arbitration Chamber of Milan (since 2017); member of the Board, Arbitration Institute, Oslo Chamber of Commerce (since 2010); former president (2017-20) and judge (2007-2020) of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Administrative Tribunal; vice-president (since 2014) of the Board of Directors, Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority; member (since 2015) of the Norwegian Tariff Board on general application of wage agreements.

Nadia de Araujo is an Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she teaches Private International Law – PIL. She holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a Master in Comparative Law from George Washington University. Her research and publications primarily focus on International Contract Law, International Commercial Arbitration, International Judicial Cooperation, and International Family Law. She is a member of the Permanent Review Court of the Mercosur (“Tribunal Permanente de Revisão do Mercosul”) and a Member of the Brazilian National Group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. Nadia is the author of one of the leading publications on PIL in Brazil (“Direito internacional privado: teoria e prática brasileira”), already in its 9th edition. Professor Araujo also participated in several legislative and post-legislative projects at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, including the Specialist Group, whose work led to the conclusion of the 2019 Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters. She was also a Delegate to Brazil in the 22nd Diplomatic Conference of the HCCH in 2019, when the Convention was concluded.

She also acted as a Brazilian Delegate in the conclusion of the 2007 Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Family Maintenance Obligation, as well as its Additional Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations. She acted as Vice-Chair for the 2nd Committee in the Diplomatic Session.  

Before founding her law firm, in 2012, Nadia de Araujo was the Chief Adviser for Constitutional Appeals to the District Attorney’s Office in Rio de Janeiro (2006-2012), District Attorney at the Rio de Janeiro State Appellate Court (1997-2006), and Public Prosecutor for the State of Rio de Janeiro (1984-1997). 

Assistant Professor Milena Djordjevic is a Director of the Center for Legal Skills at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law where she teaches, inter alia, International Commercial Law and Arbitration. She holds degrees from universities of Belgrade (LL.B and Dr. iur.) and Pittsburgh (LL.M), providing her with understanding of both common law and civil law systems. She has coached Belgrade moot team for the Vis Moot for the past 18 years and is the organizer of the Belgrade Open Pre-Moot and Belgrade Arbitration Conference.

Dr. Djordjevic has been an arbitrator (sole arbitrator, member of the panel or chair), expert witness, and counsel in domestic and international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, VIAC, CAM, FTCA, BAC, BAT, FIVB, CAS, and ICSID rules, and in ad hoc arbitration.

She is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the ICC CEE Arbitration Group, the Supervisory Board of Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, the Board of the Serbian Arbitration Association, and the Board of Association of Commercial Lawyers. She is also Secretary to the Advisory Council on CISG and a national CLOUT correspondent to UNCITRAL. She regularly provides legal advice to businesses, international organizations, and law firms in the area of her expertise.

Dr. Djordjevic has published extensively on the CISG, arbitration, WTO law and EU trade law in books published by Cambridge University Press, Beck/Hart, Kluwer, etc. She regularly speaks at international conferences and is a recurring guest lecturer at universities in the US and Italy. Her work has been cited by, inter alia, the German Supreme Court.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll is Professor for International Dispute Resolution and Director of the Center for International Business Resolution at Bucerius Law School. Since 2022, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. (DIS). In addition, he is a visiting professor at the School of International Arbitration at CCLS (Queen Mary, University of London) and has acted as an advisor and consultant for the relevant organizations of the German Government (GIZ, IRZ) and USAID in various countries. Since 2012 Stefan Kröll is one of the directors of the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot Court, the leading student competition in the fields of international commercial law and arbitration with more than 350 participating Universities. UNCITRAL has retained him as one of the three experts to prepare the Digest on the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Satiro is Professor of Business Law at São Paulo University (USP) Law School. He is specialized in corporate finance Law, capital markets regulation and insolvency Law. Law degree and a PhD in Business Law, both from USP Law School. Francisco was visiting professor at Universidad Javeriana - Colombia, ITAM - Mexico, FDUP - Portugal, LUISS – Italy and Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London – UK. From 2011 to 2015, was appointed by the Ministry of Economy as a member of the National Council of Appeals of the Financial System. Was appointed in 2016 by the Ministry of Economy to draft the amendment of Brazilian Insolvency Law. He has also been a Brazilian advisor for UNCITRAL Working Groups I (micro, small and medium sized enterprises) and V (Insolvency Law) since 2012.

Elke Umbeck is a German lawyer (Rechtsanwältin) and partner of the German independent law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek (ranked among the top ten German law firms) with more than 400 lawyers and eight offices in Germany since 2008. Elke Umbeck is based in Hamburg and co-heads the law firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group since 2008.

With over 20 years of experience Elke Umbeck regularly acts as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, party appointed arbitrator and presiding arbitrator) and counsel in national and international commercial arbitration (ad hoc, CEAC, DIS, ICC, SCC etc) and advises national and foreign clients in complex disputes. Having started her career in the corporate practice group of an international law firm she is dedicated in particular to corporate and post M&A disputes, but her area of practice also covers energy law (e.g. gas price revision and gas storage price revision disputes), construction and general commercial and trade law.

Reinmar Wolff is an Assistant Professor at the University of Marburg (Germany) and a practicing lawyer who regularly sits as an arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc proceedings.

Reinmar has given lectures on arbitration and other topics at the universities of Marburg, Heidelberg, Kaliningrad, Jena and the European Business School in Wiesbaden.  At the University of Marburg he has established and academically supervises the Vis Moot Court and ICC Mediation Competition teams.

He has extensively published in the fields of civil and commercial law, in particular company and construction law, as well as in procedural law, especially domestic and international arbitration.  His treatises on arbitration include primers on arbitration in Germany (2006 and 2016) and a commentary on the New York Convention (2012, second edition 2019) and an empirical study on Germany as an arbitration venue (forthcoming 2022).

Reinmar is the Chairman of the German Red Cross Federal Arbitral Tribunal, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Vice President of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.  He has been appointed to the Working Group of the Federal Ministry of Justice for the Review of the German Arbitration Law.

Further Events

The HIAD-Conference is part of the Hamburg International Arbitration Days taking place from April 2 to April 7. Please have a look at the further events of the Arbitration Days.


April 2 & 3 | 2nd Bucerius Conference on Investment Law and Arbitration (click here for more information)

April 4 | Satellite Events organized by Hamburg law firms (click here for more information). These events include:

  • Arbitration in Africa (organized by LawCom Institute)

  • Insights from Latin America and into a New World: ESG, insolvency and fundamental questions (organized by CMS & Luther)

  • Gleiss Lutz meets Bucerius MLB meets Arbitration – Takes on current developments from Hamburg based practitioners and next generation scientists (organized by GleissLutz & Bucerius MLB)

  • The Phenomenon of the Ailing Arbitrator and its Legal, Practical and Tactical Consequences“ (organized by Baumann Resolving Disputes & Taylor Wessing)

April 4 | 5th Luther Dispute Resolution Lecture on "Data Protection and Cybersecurity in International Arbitration" (click here for more information)

April 5 & 6 | 6th CAM-CCBC Pre-Moot Hamburg (click here for more information)

April 7 | Conference on Arbitration & Insolvency (click here for more information)


Arrival & Parking

Bucerius Law School
Jungiusstraße 6
20355 Hamburg

The Bucerius Law School does not have a public car park.
Public parking is available in the immediate vicinity.
Further parking area is available in the Parkhaus Messe-Ost.