Impressions of the Luther Lecture 2024

Soft Law in International Commercial Arbitration - A Critical Approach

About the Lecture

Prof. Dr. Felix Dasser gave the 7th Luther Lecture on 18 March 2024!

Rules and guidelines in the field of arbitration have been proliferating for years - some of these "soft laws" are widely recognised and even treated as "hard laws", while others lack legitimacy.

Felix Dasser examined this fascinating phenomenon from all sides. Do we really need a 30-page set of Rules of Procedure that incorporates all the current soft procedural law? Or should we simply use soft law as a useful stone quarry depending on the needs of the specific case? How do we determine what may qualifies as soft law and what does not? Or is soft law just a fata morgana anyway?

About our Guest

Felix Dasser is a distinguished partner at Homburger and a highly regarded academic. With over 30 years of experience, he specialises in international litigation and arbitration as counsel, arbitrator and expert. Felix Dasser is well-versed in various arbitration rules. Beyond his role as a legal practitioner, Felix Dasser is adjunct professor at the University of Zurich, visiting professor at the China University of Political Science and Law and taught at the Hague Academy of International Law. As President of ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association), Felix Dasser is a key figure in the arbitration community.

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Center for International Dispute Resolution
Bucerius Law School – Hochschule für Rechtswissenschaft
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