Luther Dispute Resolution Lecture on "Achmea"

CIDR hosts first Luther Dispute Resolution Lecture on the "Achmea" decision of the CJEU

On the evening of Monday, March 19th 2018, the recently founded Center for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School held the first Luther Dispute Resolution Lecture dealing with the recent decision of the CJEU in the "Achmea" case on Bilateral Investment Treaties between member states of the European Union.

The evening opened up with an introduction by Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn, one of the Directors of the Center for International Dispute Resolution, and Dr. Richard Happ, Partner at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft.

This was followed by a lecture given by Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Burkhard Hess, founding and executive director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. Hess first gave a brief overview of the facts and judgement of the case before interpreting it in the light of European Union Law. Afterwards, he assessed the possible consequences of the judgement and its underlying reasons both for the case at hand and other similar scenarios.

The second part of the Lecture was a panel discussion chaired by Hess and Thorn. Members of the panel were Dr. Ralf Willer, Counsel with Hengeler Mueller in Berlin, Dr. Stephan Wilske, Partner at Gleiss Lutz in Stuttgart, as well as Daniel Segoin, Agent to the CJEU for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After the speakers gave a brief overview of their opinion on the case, a discussion between the panel members and the audience formed the end of the first Luther Dispute Resolution Lecture.

The attendees then had the opportunity to further discuss the plethora of issues raised during the Lecture at the following reception in the Rotunde.

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Text: Christoph Ludwig, Student; photos: Leonhard Sonner