Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Berger, LL.M.



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Career  Publications  Research


Full tenure professor for private law, German and international business law, banking law, private international law and comparative law;

Director of the Institute for Banking Law and of the Center for Transnational Law (CENTRAL);

Vice dean for student affiars and teaching from 1996-2021;

Visiting professor at the Asser Institute in The Hague (1997-2002); University of Virginia Law School (1999); Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee (2003-2013); Columbia University Law School, New York (2014);

Inventor and Operator of TransLex, a web-based knowledge and codification platform for transnational commercial law as well as an online archive containing rare historical documents on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, since 2001;

Academic supervisor of student teams of the Universities of Cologne and Münster competing in the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot, since 1995;

Founder and Director of the Cologne Academies on International Arbitration and Mediation, since 2003;

Member of the Council of the Institute of World Business Law of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce, Paris);

Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR;

Member of the Board of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) (2001 until 2021, chairman from 2012 until 2016);

Organizer of advanced training courses for practitioners at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) from 2009 until 2015;

Co-author of the Münchener Kommentar zum BGB (loan contract law, §§ 488-490 and §§ 607-609 BGB);

Co-author of the Prütting/Wegen/Weinreich (eds.) BGB Kommentar (law on general terms & conditions, §§ 305-310 BGB);

Co-author of the Erman BGB commentary (promise of a reward, mandate, non-gratuitous management of affairs for another, §§ 657-675 BGB);

Author and editor of several books and articles on transnational commercial law as well as of an online publication on the historical and New Lex Mercatoria;

Author of several contributions on the control of general terms and conditions in business transactions (e.g. NJW 2001, 2152; ZIP 2007, 149; BB 2007, 2137 [with Lucas Kleine]; NJW 2007, 3526 [with Lucas Kleine] and NJW 2010, 465);

Author of "Private Dispute Resolution in International Business - Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration", Kluwer Law International, 1st edition 2006, 2nd edition 2009, 3rd edition 2015 (interactive teaching and training kit on dispute settlement in the international economy, with a DVD and USB card containing practical video simulations and interactive learning tools);

Co-editor of the professional journals “Arbitration International”, “Zeitschrift für Schiedsverfahren” (SchiedsVZ), “Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft” (ZVglRWiss);

Co-editor of the “Oxford International Arbitration Series”;

Permanent contributor for the business law journal Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW), Verlag Recht und Wirtschaft, Heidelberg, since 1999.