Work closely with renowned academics

The Summer Program in International Business Law is taught by renowned academics from the practicing legal and business communities from both Germany and abroad.

Academic Director

Prof. Dr. Katharina Boele-Woelki

Professor Boele-Woelki is the Dean of Bucerius Law School. Her research focuses on private international law, comparative law and family law. She has taught and conducted research in the Netherlands since 1982 and served as a member of the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University since 1990.

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Prof. Dr. Franco Ferrari

Franco Ferrari, who joined the NYU School of Law full-time faculty in fall 2010, was most recently a chaired professor of international law at Verona University in Italy (2002-2016). Previously, he was a chaired professor of comparative law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (1995-1998) and the University of Bologna in Italy (1998-2002). After serving as a member of the Italian delegation to various sessions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1995 to 2000, he was Legal Officer at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Branch, from 2000 to 2002, where he was responsible for numerous projects, including the preparation of the UNCITRAL digest on applications of the UN Sales Convention.

Ferrari has published more than 290 law review articles and book chapters in various languages and 30 books in the areas of international commercial law, conflict of laws, comparative law, and international commercial arbitration. Ferrari, who is a recipient of the 2018 Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftmanship and Utility to Practicing Lawyers and Scholars awarded by the American Society of International Law, is a member of the editorial boards of various peer-reviewed European law journals and the General Editor of the European International Arbitration Review. Ferrari also acts as an international arbitrator both in international commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations.

John Hammond

John Hammond specializes in international M&A transactions, including private equity and joint ventures, and has wide experience, particularly in Russia, CEE and Germany. He has extensive expertise in the oil and gas, TMT, chemical and pharmaceutical, real estate and financial spheres.

John represents major domestic and international companies in their natural resource projects, M&A transactions, long-term supply agreements and dispute resolution. John has been involved in some of the largest and most complex oil and gas transactions, including offshore upstream projects as well as downstream investments. He graduated with a law degree from Oxford University and qualified as a lawyer in England in 1987.

After ten years working in the City of London at Lovells and then CMS he moved abroad and since then has worked for 8 years in Germany and 12 years in Russia. He qualified as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany in October 2006. John is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Rechtsanwaltskammer Stuttgart.

Dr. Hilke Herchen

Dr. Hilke Herchen specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions and in Corporate Law, especially Stock Corporation Law. Hilke Herchen advises strategic and financial investors in national and international M&A transactions. Recently, she has advised both on seller’s and buyer’s side in various transactions on a national and international level in different industrial sectors, with a focus on energy and IT.

After studies in Passau (Germany), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Würzburg (Germany), Dr. Herchen graduated with a law degree. She spent her traineeship (Referendariat) in Hamburg and Buenos Aires. She qualified with second state examination (bar exam) as a lawyer in 2001 and graduated in 2003 as a doctor in law at Hamburg University. She started her career with CMS in 2002 and has been a partner since 2008.

Hilke Herchen is author and co-author of various legal handbooks and commentaries, such as the commentary on stock corporation law Ziemons/Binnewies "Aktiengesellschaften," of the handbook to stock corporation law "Happ" and of the handbook on partnerships and limited partnerships "Münchener Handbuch des Gesellschaftsrechts."

Prof. Dr. Peter Huber

Prof. Dr. Peter Huber is professor of law at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany) where he holds the chair for private law, conflict of laws and comparative law. His main interests lie in the fields of International Sales Law, German and Comparative Contract Law and in the area of International Litigation and Arbitration.

Dr. Huber has published several books and articles on these issues and teaches them regularly. He is the Head Coach of the Mainz University team for the W.C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition and the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competition. Visiting appointments have led him to the Hague Academy of International Law, Nihon University Tokyo, New York University, Tulane Law School, the University of Georgia (Athens) and the University of Burgundy (Dijon).

Prof. Dr. Carsten Jungmann

Prof. Dr. Carsten Jungmann serves as Program Director Law for the Master Program of Bucerius Law School and is also coordinates the Diploma in Business Law Program at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. In addition, he is a practicing lawyer in his capacity as the Director Corporate Law and Structure of BIRKENSTOCK Group in Neustadt (Wied). His primary fields of research are insolvency law, corporate law (including corporate governance), banking law and corporate finance.

Dr. Jungmann studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Edinburgh, having earned his doctorate from the former. As a trainee solicitor, he worked inter alia with the international law firm Hogan Lovells and with HSH Nordbank; he also clerked for High Court Chief Judge Dr. Buechel. After passing the bar exam at the High Court of Hamburg, he went to the US and obtained an LL.M. from Yale Law School. Carsten Jungmann holds an M.Sc. in Finance, which he earned at the University of Leicester. Finally, he is both, a university-certified Compliance Officer and a Business Mediator, and was managing partner of the law firm DUVINAGE in Munich and Hamburg.

Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff

Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff, an international lawyer and mediator, is the Academic Director of the Institute for Conflict Management at the European University Viadrina. He specialized in Dispute Resolution at Yale Law School, the OSCE and in the mediation program of the US District Court of Northern California. He is also a lecturer and conflict coach at Bucerius Law School, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and a wide spectrum of commercial and political institutions.

Kirchhoff has authored numerous publications on state sovereignty, mediation and the interplay between international commercial arbitration and mediation.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll

Prof. Stefan Kröll is one of the directors of the Center of International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School and an independent arbitrator in Cologne. He is a director of the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot and one of Germany's national correspondents to UNCITRAL for arbitration and international commercial law.

Prof. Kröll is the (co-)author and editor of several leading books on international arbitration including "Comparative International Commercial Arbitration" (Kluwer 2003, with Lew and Mistelis) and "International Commercial Arbitration – A Transnational Perspective" (6th ed. 2015, with Várady and Barcelò).

Kröll is a visiting professor at the School of International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (Queen Mary College, University of London) and regularly lectures for other leading Universities on arbitration, litigation and international contract law. He is member of the board of editors of several international journals on international arbitration and commercial law.

Dr. René A. Pfromm

Dr. Pfromm heads pfromm negotiations, an internationally active consulting firm for legal and strategic negotiations. He works with law firm partners & associates, in-house counsel, business executives and sales/purchasing teams to improve their negotiation impact. He also advises on and supports negotiation teams in planning, designing and conducting individual negotiation projects (e.g., cartel damages, out-of-court settlements etc.). Another focus of his work is coaching lawyers on legal pitching, legal pricing and legal fee negotiations. His clients comprise law firms and companies of all sizes, from the global elite to local champions, and are mainly based in Europe and Asia. Prior, Dr. Pfromm was a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Germany and China, including a client secondment to E.ON AG. Dr. Pfromm lectures negotiations at Bucerius Law School and other leading universities and executive education programs, and is a business mediator. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (LL.M.), King’s College London (M.A. Econ) and the University of Bonn (Dr. iur.).  

Dr. Felix Wendenburg

Dr. Felix Wendenburg, MBA, is a mediator, partner at the Berlin-based firm trojapartner, co-director of the core practice and research field "business" at the Institute for Conflict Management and academic director of the postgraduate master's program in mediation (both at the European University Viadrina).

After graduating from Bucerius Law School in 2008, he worked as a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law in Hamburg.

He received his mediation training at Bucerius Law School, the Lawyers' Chamber (Celle), Boston College Law School, Fordham University School of Law (New York) and the mediation program of the US District Court of Northern California. Felix Wendenburg has authored several publications on "interprofessionality" in mediation, the legal framework of mediation and on law school grading policies.


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