Of Counsel
Admitted to the bar as a lawyer in 2004.

Prof Dr Kleinheisterkamp is a leading specialist in international arbitration, focusing on international commercial contracts. In addition to his academic work at the London School of Economics, he acts as an arbitrator, and has conducted a range of arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitration rules as sole, party-appointed and presiding arbitrator in the past 10 years, with numerous cases involving IP law. Furthermore, he has acted as emergency arbitrator for the ICC, and as a panellist in ICANN expert determination proceedings regarding general Top Level Domains (gTLDs), and regularly works as a consultant and expert in international arbitration proceedings.

Prof Dr Kleinheisterkamp is also a member of the Governing Body of the Dispute Resolution Services of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and a member of the advisory group for international arbitration of the British Government. He is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and is on the panels of the Regional Centre for Arbitration in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and the arbitration centres of the Chamber of Commerce in Lima (Peru) and the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (CCIP) in Lisbon. He is a member of the Faculty Council of the Law Faculty of de Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and regularly teaches in the scope of the Master of International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) of the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva, at the Université Paris II – Panthéon Assas, and at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Prof Dr Kleinheisterkamp speaks German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.


Representative cases

  • Arbitration between Turkish and Italian parties for a pharmaceutical joint venture
  • Arbitration proceedings between European and South American parties in a complex license dispute
  • Arbitration proceedings between Turkish and English parties regarding a company acquisition in the IT sector
  • Expert determination proceedings in an ICANN limited public interest objection against the registration of the gTLD string “broker”
  • Emergency arbitration proceedings between Korean and Spanish parties for the redemption of bank guarantees
  • Expert in emergency proceedings before German courts for an injunction of the redemption of performance bonds under English law

Selected publications

  • Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) (1. st edn, co-edited with S. Vogenauer), Oxford University Press 2009
  • ‘A Dispute Capable of Settlement by Arbitration or Arbitrators Capable of Settling a Dispute?’ [2013-3] Cahiers de l’arbitrage / Paris Journal of International Arbitration 595-607
  • ‘Arbitraje comercial internacional en el Reino Unido’, in: J.L Collantes González & A.-C. Cremades (eds), Arbitraje comercial internacional en Europa: aspectos actuales y regímenes jurídicos (Lima 2013) 1015-1044
  • ‘Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards’,
    ‘Influence of European Private Law on Latin America’,
    ‘UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts’,
    in: J. Basedow / K. Hopt / R. Zimmermann (eds), Encyclopaedia of European Private Law 
(OUP 2012)
  • ‘Lord Mustill in the Courts of Tennis: Dallah v Pakistan in England, France and Utopia’ (2012) 75(4) Modern Law Review 639-654
  • ‘The Review of Arbitrator’s Interpretation of International Contracts – Transnational Law as a Dangerous Short-Cut: Note regarding Swiss Federal Supreme Court Decision 4A_240/2009’ (2011) 29 ASA Bulletin 474-486
  • ‘Eingriffsnormen und Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit: Ein praktischer Versuch’ (2009) 73 Rabels Zeitschrift für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht 818-841

Selected lectures

  • ‘The development of international arbitration courts in Europe’, Jena lecture on European Integration, Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, University of Jena 4 April 2016
  • ‘Breach of Contract – El incumplimiento del contrato: Una perspectiva del common law’, 2nd Ibero-American Congress of International Business Law on 360° of International Sales of Goods, Universidad Externado, Bogotá 19 October 2015
  • Comments (with G. Bermann) on C. McLachlan’s ‘Coordination of Domestic and International Procedures’, CIDS International Conference 2015 on International Dispute Settlement at the Crossroads of Public and Private International Law, Geneva 25 September 2015
  • ‘What standards to improve? Do we need a new legal instrument?’, European Commission DG FISMA Seminar on Treatment of EU Investors in the Single Market: Adding pieces to the puzzle, Brussels 19 June 2015
  • ‘The Commission as Litigator’, BIICL Investment Treaty Forum on Europe as an Investment Treaty Actor, Stockholm 12 June 2015
  • ‘The Power of the Arbitrator to Determine the Law Applicable to the Merits of the Dispute’, XI Rio de Janeiro International Arbitration Conference, Rio 12 May 2015
  • ‘EU Law as an Obstacle for Arbitration?’, Lithuanian Supreme Court Conference on Arbitration and the Courts: Cooperation or Competition, 
Vilnius 27 April 2015
  • ‘Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)’, European Commission Conference on TTIP: Diálogo entre parceiros / TTIP : Dialogue among Partners, Lisbon 26 March 2015