Herbert Kronke is Emeritus Professor of Law and former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws and International Business Law, Heidelberg University and Arbitrator at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. From 2010 to 2012 he was Dean of the Faculty of Law. From 1998 to 2008 Professor Kronke served as Secretary-General of UNIDROIT.
He received his academic education in Germany and the United Kingdom. Following graduation and bar exam he took a Dr. iur. degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Munich. After various years as fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private Law and Private International Law in
Professor Kronke is author of more than 150 books and articles in the fields of the law of contracts, commercial law, company law and capital markets law, conflict of laws, international civil procedure and arbitration.
He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) (2016-2021) and as a member of the Arbitral Council of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration (2013-2017); he was member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration (2003-2018).
Professor Kronke is a member of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé, the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (IACCL) and the Academia Europaea. He is a member of the German Council on Private International Law, a body advising the Federal Government on matters of conflict of laws. He is Honorary Member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT.
The President of the Federal Republic of Germany conferred the honour of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic upon him, and he was awarded the Ordem do Rio Branco by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil.