Dr. Johanna Büstgens

Dr. Johanna Büstgens

Lawyer|Counsel

About Johanna Büstgens

Dr. Johanna Büstgens acts as counsel in arbitration and state court proceedings. She also acts as arbitrator and, as secretary to arbitral tribunals in large-volume and complex proceedings. The focus of her practice is energy law (in particular disputes involving long-term energy supply contracts and price adjustments), construction & engineering (including FIDIC model contracts), international trade and distribution law and international commercial and sales law.

Johanna studied at the Bucerius Law School and the University of Oxford (Brasenose College). She holds a doctorate of law from Bucerius Law School in the field of international arbitration for which she completed a research stay at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her legal traineeship inter alia at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She has also previously worked as a research assistant at a chair for private international and international commercial law at Bucerius Law School.

Johanna currently teaches international contract law at FOM University of Applied Science Hamburg. Her working languages are German and English.

Contact

Instruments

Arbitration Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution

Areas of practice

Energy Construction & Engineering Commercial & Trade Law International Private & Civil Procedure Law

Experience

Representation of domestic and foreign companies in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and DAB proceedings

  • Sole arbitrator, chair and co-arbitrator (DIS, ad hoc, chamber of commerce)
  • Secretary to the the arbitral tribunal in more than 20 domestic and international arbitration proceedings (e.g., ICC, DIS, LCIA, ICSID)

Representation of domestic and foreign companies in state court proceedings before German Courts (cross-border litigation, commercial disputes, enforcement of arbitral awards)

Languages and nationality

  • German
  • English

  • German

Curriculum vitae

  • Since 2016

    Attorney with HANEFELD, Hamburg

  • 2017

    Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

  • 2013 - 2016

    Legal traineeship (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg including work experience with the European Commission (Directorate-General for Competition), the German Parliament and the ICC International Court of Arbitration

  • 2012

    Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley

  • 2011 - 2013

    Research and teaching assistant at the Chair for Civil Law, Private International and International Commercial Law, and Comparative Law at Bucerius Law School

  • 2011

    Internship at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (international arbitration group), London

  • 2006 - 2011

    Law studies at Bucerius Law School (with a focus on international commercial law) and Oxford University (Brasenose College)

Speeches

  • What Should the Arbitrator Expect from the Expert? (Moderator)
    ASA below 40 Spring Event
    Geneva, Switzerland

  • Big Data and Foreseeability in International Arbitration (Moderator)
    DIS40 International Online Conference
    Webinar
  • The Cliffs of Arbitration: Lessons from the World of Specialised Arbitrations? (Moderator)
    Hamburg International Arbitration Days
    Webinar

  • Arbitration in Hamburg from different perspectives (Moderator)
    Kick-off event of the Hamburg International Arbitration Centre (HIAC)
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Hearing - the ultimate test for an arbitration associate
    Delos Y Virtual Breakfast
  • Virtual Hearings- Legal and Practical Challenges and Considerations
    VIAC Breakfast Webinar
  • Virtual Hearings – requirements, procedure and how to get the most out of it
    ICC YAF

  • Legal Framework of Witness Preparation in International Arbitration
    YAAP Roundtable
    Vienna
  • Consideration of Witness Testimony by Arbitral Tribunals
    ICC YAF
    Warsaw
  • Use the Force (Majeur): Unforseen Hardship and Tough Arbitrators (Moderator)
    Annual MAA International Commercial Law & Arbitration Conference
    Vienna

  • Corporate Disputes and Arbitration
    Annual Conference of the German-Russian Law Institute
    Kiel

Publications

  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgements
    International Comparative Law Guide, Chapter 14: Germany, 3rd ed. (2021), Global Legal Group (jointly with Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts)

  • Dispute resolution by Dispute Adjudication Boards - practical advice on the structuring and conduct of proceedings
    BauR (2020), pp. 1385 et seq. (in German, jointly with Jörn Hombeck and Dr. Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts)
  • Enforcing ICSID awards in Germany
    Practice Note for LexisPSL (jointly with Jörn Hombeck)

  • Transparency and Publicity in Mixed Arbitrations
    Dissertation (in German)
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgements
    International Comparative Law Guide, Chapter 14: Germany, 2nd ed. (2017), Global Legal Group (jointly with Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts)

  • The Arbitral Tribunal's Deliberations - potential conflicts and ways to avoid them
    SchiedsVZ (2015), pp. 169 et seq. (jointly with Jan Heiner Nedden)

  • Mock exam on the law of unjust enrichment and damages
    JURA 2004, pp. 1275 et seq. (in German, jointly with Sarah Nietner)

Academic appointments

  • Lecturer on international contract law at the FOM University of Applied Science Hamburg
    2019 - 2021

Memberships

  • Co-chair of DIS40
  • Co-chair of the Bucerius Law School Alumni group “Dispute Resolution”
  • German Arbitration Institute (DIS40)
  • Young ICCA
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
  • Groupe ASA des Jeunes Praticiens de l'Arbitrage (ASA Below 40)
  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
  • Arbitral Women and Young Arbitral Women Practitioners (YAWP)
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