University of Paris (D.E.U.G., Licence en droit, 1980; Lauréat du Concours Général, 1980; Maîtrise en droit, 1981); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1983); University of Hamburg (1st State Exam, 1987; Dr. jur., 1994; Professor, 2011); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (Fellow, 2011); Certified Specialist in International Business Law (2016)

Consulting Focus

In his more than 25 years of practice since the firm was founded, Eckart Brödermann has focused on international transactions (including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and international plant construction) as well as international arbitration and litigation. Eckart Brödermann has participated in over 50 arbitration proceedings in various capacities (including as presiding arbitrator under the CIETAC Rules in Shanghai or under the ICC Arbitration Rules in Berlin). In his teaching activities at the University of Hamburg and in his publications, he also focuses on international contract law, in particular risk management issues, and on international arbitration law issues.

"Deal making instead of deal breaking! For that purpose it is often wise to consider the application of general principles and rules as compiled and developed by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit), i.e. the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2016, instead of any national law lacking satisfying solutions for cross-border trade scenarios."

Prof. Dr. Eckart Brödermann, Partner


  • UKRAINIAN FUTURE Hilfe-Verein e.V. (President since 2022)
  • Asian European Arbitration Association (formerly Chinese European Arbitration Association, since 2018, Honorary Chairman)
  • Arbitration Centre of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce (Sofia) (since 2016, Vice President)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (since 2011, Fellow)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (since 2012)
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (since 2015)
  • Joint Chamber of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Admission of Bar Certified Specialists in International Business Law (since 2014, Chair)
  • listed arbitrator with various arbitration institutions (e.g. DIS, LCIA, ICAC, SIAC)
  • Harvard Club of Hamburg (President)
  • Harvard Scholarship Foundation of Germany (Vice President)
  • Friends of the Hamburg Max-Planck-Institute (Freunde des Hamburger Max-Planck-Instituts e.V.)
  • Life Time Member of the Human Rights Institute of the IBA


In English
  • Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Article-by-Article Commentary, 2nd edition 2023 (Nomos and Wolters Kluwer)
  • Overcoming Obstacles to the Application of the Unidroit Principles: Proposal for a Descriptive Choice of the UNIDROIT Principles Clause in: Uniform Law Review, 2021, Volume 26, No. 3, 2021, p. 453-531
  • Bridge over Troubled Waters for International Commercial Contracts – The UNIDROIT Principles 2016, An overview from a Long Time User in: Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 28, 2020, p. 193-257
  • UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (Wolters Kluwer 2018 and Nomos, for the German speaking jurisdictions); reviewed 35 times in nineteen (19) jurisdictions worldwide
  • Choice of Law and Choice of UPICC Clauses in the Shadow of the Dispute Resolution Clause - Fundamental Aspects of Developing a Coherent Basis for Cross-Border Contracts in: Hamburg Law Review, 2016, p. 21-51
  • The Unidroit Principles as a Risk Management Tool, in: Unidroit, Eppur si muove: The age of uniform law – Liber Amicorum for Michael Joachim Bonell, to celebrate his 70th birthday, 2016, p. 1283-1301
  • The Chinese European Arbitration Centre - An Introduction to the CEAC Hamburg Arbitration Rules in: Journal of International Arbitration, June 2013, p. 303-327
  • The Impact of the Unidroit Principles on International Contract and Arbitration Practice – the Experience of a German Lawyer in: Uniform Law Review, 2011, p. 589 et seq., 605-611
  • Enforcement of American Arbitral Awards in Germany in: International Litigation Quarterly 1, 1985, p. 219-239
  • China and Admiralty – An Introduction to Chinese Maritime Law and U.S.-Chinese Shipping Relations in: Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (USA) p. 419-453, 539-581 (1984); 65-99 (1985)
In French
  • Quelques réflexions sur le rôle de la coutume internationale dans le droit de l’espace (On Public International Law / Space Law) in: Institute of International Public Law and International Relations of Thessaloniki, Thesaurus Acroasium Vol. X, p. 809-823, Thessaloniki 1981
In German
  • On German Civil Law (since 2006): Commentary of Chapters on Suretyship, Life Rent and Settlement of the German Civil Code, article-by-article comments (19 editions as per 2023)
  • On German Private International Law (since 2006, with Gerhard Wegen): Chapters on International Company Law and on numerous rules in the Rome I-Regulation on the Private International Law of Contracts), article-by-article comments (19 editions as per 2023)
  • On German Private International Law, International Litigation and International Arbitration (since 1989, with Joachim Rosengarten): Internationales Privat- und Zivilverfahrensrecht (8 editions as per 2019)
  • On Chinese Arbitration Rules: Chapter VIII: Arbitration Rules of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), in: Schütze, Institutionelle Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, 3rd edition 2017, article-by-article commentary of the CIETAC Arbitration Rules
  • On International Contract Law: UNIDROIT Principles: Warum sie die Vertragsgestaltung bereichern – zehn Thesen in: Deutsches Anwaltsblatt 2020, vol. 9, p. 478-479
  • On German Private International Law: Vom Drachen-steigen-Lassen – Ein internationales Jura-Märchen zum IPR/IZVR in: National, International, Transnational: Harmonischer Dreiklang im Recht, Liber Amicorum for Herbert Kronke to celebrate his 70th birthday, 2020, p. 5-30
  • On Private International Law: § 6 Internationales Privatrecht in: Piltz (ed.), Münchner Anwaltshandbuch Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht, 2017, p. 345-499
  • On Institutional Banking Mediation: § 79 Institutionelle Schlichtungsverfahren in: Derleder, Knops, Bamberger (ed.), Deutsches und europäisches Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht, 2017, p. 1467-1553
  • On the Conclusion of Choice of Law, Choice of Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses (Sociological Observations): Zustandekommen von Rechtswahl-, Gerichtsstands- und Schiedsvereinbarungen – Rechtsoziologische Notizen in: Liber Amicorum Martiny, 2014, p. 1045-1070
  • On Contract Management of Export Contracts: Vertragsmanagement “Vom NDA bis zur Abwicklung des Exportgeschäfts” [jointly with Dr. Philipp von Dietze] in: Paschke, Graf, Olbrich, Hamburger Handbuch des Exportrechts, 2nd edition 2014, p. 60-85
  • On Company Litigation: Die GmbH im Prozess, edited by Wilhelm Happ, 1997
  • On Insolvency Law: Der „doppelte Insolvenzverwalter“ als Prozesspartei in: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 1997, p. 1779-1780
  • On Company Litigation: Der europäische GmbH-Gerichtsstand in: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 1996, p. 491-494
  • On Insolvency Litigation: Die örtliche Zuständigkeit für Klagen gemäß § 11 Abs. 3 GesO ist bestimmbar! in: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 1996, p. 825-827
  • On European Company Law: Europäisches Gemeinschaftsrecht versus IPR: Einflüsse und Konformitätsgebot in: MDR 1992, p. 89-95
  • On Reservation of Ownership in France and Germany: Der Eigentumsvorbehalt in Frankreich und Deutschland in: ZVglRWiss 83, 1984, p. 178-220

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