Herbert Kronke, since 2012 Arbitrator at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague (The Netherlands), Emeritus Professor, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (Germany), and from 1998 to 2008 Secretary-General UNIDROIT, Rome (Italy), acts as Chairman of Arbitral Tribunals, Sole Arbitrator, or Co-Arbitrator in both institutional (ICC, Stockholm, Milan Chamber, AIA, DIS, HCCI) and ad hoc arbitrations (e.g. under UNCITRAL Rules).
70 arbitrations (66 commercial - frequently involving States or state-owned enterprises and other public entities - and four investment arbitrations under ICSID, Stockholm and UNCITRAL Rules), with parties from Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East have involved applicable laws of the following jurisdictions: Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Turkey, United States (Delaware, New York). The proceedings were related to sales and distribution contracts, commodities trade and price revision, shareholders‘ agreements, directors’ liability and executive pay, post-M&A disputes, privatisation of state-owned enterprises, bank-payment undertakings and other financial services, secured transactions, competition, construction, energy, telecommunication, operation of satellites and other space activities, toll production, automotive parts supply, product liability.
Herbert Kronke is Chairman of the Board of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), served as member of the Arbitral Council of the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration (2013-2017), member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration (2003-2018), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) – European User Group -, the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the Austrian Arbitration Association. Other institutions he is associated with include the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).
He received his legal education in Germany and the United Kingdom. He took the bar exam in 1980 and holds Dr iur (PhD) and Dr iur habil (post doc) degrees from the Universities of Munich and Trier (Germany) as well as honorary doctorates conferred by Eötvös-Loránd University, Budapest (Hungary) and the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki (Greece). He has been involved in research and teaching in Brazil, Canada, China, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States and at the Hague Academy of International Law. He is author of more than 150 books and articles on contract law, commercial law, company law, capital market and financial services law, conflict of laws, civil procedure and arbitration. He is a member of the Academie Internationale de Droit Comparé/International Academy of Comparative Law and other international and national learned societies.
Herbert Kronke conducts arbitrations in English, German and Italian and has good knowledge of French and Dutch as well as reading knowledge of Danish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.