Mr Böckstiegel has practised as an independent arbitrator for 30 years, counselling clients and acting as mediator, arbitrator and president of the arbitration tribunal in many national and international arbitrations of, among others, the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, CAFTA, NAFTA, ECT, DIS, SCC, the AAA and UNCITRAL, as well as between states.
Mr Böckstiegel was the chairman of the board of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) from 1996 to 2012, and is now the honorary chairman. In his early career, he was a partner at a law firm in Düsseldorf. Since 1975, he has held the chair for international business law and was director of the Institute of Air and Space Law. He is professor emeritus of the law faculty of the University of Cologne. He has lectured in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
Other notable past positions include: president of the International Law Association (ILA) (2004-2006); president of the German Association for International Law (1993-2006); patron of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (2008-2010); president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (1993-1997); panel chairman of the United Nations Compensation Commission (1994-1996); president of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague (1984-1988); and chair, "Arbitration of the Century", IBA conference in Amsterdam, 2000.
Mr Böckstiegel is the author of 12 books and more than 350 articles, and has also edited 33 books. In 2001 he was honoured by two libri amicorum: "The Law of International Business and Dispute Settlement in the 21st Century, Liber Amicorum Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Cologne, 2001"; and "Air and Space Law in the 21st Century, Liber Amicorum Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Cologne, 2001". In 2014 Global Arbitration Review published a cover article, "Portrait of the Arbitrator - An Interview with Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel", online and in print (2014, Issue 2).
In 2011, a biannual lecture series was started by the DIS in Germany: "The Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture". The speakers were Meg Kinnear (secretary general of ICSID) and John Beechey (president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration). At the second lecture in 2013, the speaker was Prof Albert Jan van den Berg (president of ICCA) and at the third lecture for 2015 it was Judge Bruno Simma, The Hague.
WWL says: Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel is "a senior statesman of the arbitration world and an expert on ICC proceedings".
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