Richard Happ is a highly experienced dispute resolution practitioner who has a "great international practice". He is particularly well known for his work in investment-related disputes.
Dr Richard Happ is partner of the law firm Luther in Hamburg and co-heads the firm's complex dispute resolution practice group. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in cases under DIS, ICC, SCC, UNCITRAL, UK, Swiss and German ad hoc and ICSID rules. Among those cases were disputes arising out of international sales contracts, oil and gas joint ventures, service and marketing contracts, commercial production agreements, power plant construction and foreign investments. Since 2008, Dr Happ has been instructed in five ICSID arbitrations, including the first two cases against Germany. Dr Happ speaks German and English and has conducted arbitral proceedings in each of these languages.
Dr Happ is listed for arbitration and dispute resolution in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Euromoney, Best Lawyers, The Legal 500, and JUVE. He is the author of numerous publications with respect to international arbitration proceedings between investors and foreign states. He co-authored the Digest of ICSID Awards and Decisions 2003-2007 (2009, OUP) and Digest of ICSID Awards and Decisions 1974-2002 (2013, OUP) and published a commentary on the ICSID arbitration rules (second edition 2018, CH Beck). He has taught international arbitration and investment arbitration at the Universities of Kiel (Germany) and Hamburg.
He graduated in 1996 from the University of Kiel. After three years as a research assistant in the field of arbitration, he undertook his legal clerkship in Hamburg and Brussels (Energy Charter Secretariat). He joined Luther in 2001 and became a partner in 2009. Luther is an independent German legal partnership with approximately 380 lawyers and tax advisers in 10 German and six foreign offices.