Arbitration in Germany continues to grow as the country builds on its reputation as a suitable venue for international arbitration. Even where the place of arbitration is outside Germany, German arbitration law plays an increasingly important role for the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. This particular significance is highlighted by Germany’s strong export-oriented economy and is reflected by the fact that German parties are the second most frequently encountered nationality worldwide among parties in arbitrations under the International Chamber of Commerce Rules.
The present work seeks to address the growing interest in arbitration with a German nexus, in particular among practitioners and academics who do not have facility with the German language. It navigates along the lifecycle of an arbitration, commencing with the arbitration agreement, continuing with the arbitral tribunal, the arbitral proceedings, and interim relief, and concluding with the arbitral award including its recognition and enforcement. At any one of these stages, the work has been drafted with the goal of providing practitioners and academics alike with a detailed commentary on and analysis of German arbitration law and practice.
Chapters 1 to 4 have been authored by Markus S. Rieder and Richard Kreindler, Chapters 5 and 6 by Reinmar Wolff. All authors have contributed to all chapters with insights and recommendations.
The publication of this work would not have been possible without the assistance of several colleagues. Representative for all those who have contributed to the accomplishment of this work, we express our gratitude to Johannes Schmidt in Frankfurt, to Masud Ulfat and Miriam Kerzan in Marburg, as well as to Bettina Müller and Natela Dzvelaia in Munich. Last but not least, we are indebted to Jamie Berezin of Oxford University Press, who has provided important support leading up to publication.
As this work intends to be a source of guidance and support to the reader, the authors welcome observations, comments, and constructive criticisms.
Frankfurt, Marburg, and Munich, December 2015
Markus S. Rieder(p. viii)