The aptly named Lucy Greenwood is promoting the idea of a Pledge for Greener Arbitrations. Excellent idea – here it is: At all times during the arbitration I will consider and question the need to fly; At all times during the arbitration I will only correspond through electronic means unless hard copy correspondence is expressly required in the circumstances; As an arbitrator, I will not request hard copies of documents to be provided to…
The Future is Female In 2017, for the first time, a majority (52%) of lawyers newly admitted to the German bar were women, data published at the Anwaltstag showed. One could see this coming for quite a while, as female law students have outnumbered men for quite a while. Overall, 34% of lawyers are women, and their share has been constantly rising for years. Lawyers Stick to Their Robes The rule-setting body (Satzungsversammlung) of…
In my opinion, obtaining a freezing order (Arrest) against the debtor pending final judgment tends to be rather difficult in this jurisdiction. It is somewhat easier if the debtor is situated abroad: Section 917 para. 2 German Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO) stipulates that it is sufficient grounds for a freezing order to be issued if the judgment would have to be enforced abroad and there is no reciprocity with the foreign jurisdiction (Arrestgrund der Auslandsvollstreckung).…
I have written here before about Germany’s most exclusive bar, the fourty or so lawyers admitted to the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) in civil matters. Every now and then, attempts are being made to reform this part of the German legal system. Mainly, these attempts take the form of challenges in the courts against the way the members of the bar are selected and appointed – thus far, these challenges failed. The current system has…
Professor Matthias Weller, University of Bonn,  (who has contributed to this blog in the past) hat issued the following press release about an exiting new project, which I would like to share with you: “In April 2019, research began at the University of Bonn on international practice in the restitution of artworks stolen under the Nazi regime. Head of the research project is Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller, who holds the “Alfried Krupp von…