Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp

Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp

Visiting Professor in Practice

LSE Law School

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About me

Jan Kleinheisterkamp (Dr. iur., Hamburg) is a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE and focuses on international commercial arbitration, ADR and investment treaty law. Jan joined LSE as an academic in 2008 and was an Associate Professor of Law in the Law School until 2021. Since then, he is working as a full-time arbitrator and mediator seated in Brussels: www.kleinheisterkamp.com

In 2020, he was appointed by the UK Government to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators. From 2014 to 2019, he served at the International Chamber of Commerce as a member of its Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services and, from 2016 to 2018, as a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings. He was also a member of the UK government’s Advisory Group for International Arbitration from 2012 to 2015, and he advised the European Parliament on investment treaty law on various occasions between 2010 and 2014. Since 2019, he has been listed among the world’s leading practitioners in Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration, as well as in similar listings.

Prior to joining LSE, he worked as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg (1998-2004) and was appointed as an assistant professor at the HEC School of Management, Paris (2004-2008).

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Research interests

Dr. Kleinheisterkamp is currently working on an intellectual history of international arbitration, which analyses the genealogy, the competition and cross-fertilization of conceptions of, and discourses on, arbitration in various jurisdictions, its role as a tool of self-regulation of the commercial world and its relation to the State in a globalized economy. He co-heads the LSE Transnational Law Project and his research focuses mainly on international contracts, with special emphasis on arbitration, conflict of laws, and comparative law. He is generally interested in the legal problems relating to the international dimension of trade, such as investment treaty law and issues of law and development with special focus on Latin America.

External activities

  •  Group on International Arbitration of the UK Government

  • Member of the Governing Body for Dispute Resolution of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

  • Rapporteur to the CISG Advisory Council on the CISG and Choice-of-Court and Arbitration Agreements

  • Member of the Council of the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa

  • Visiting positions at the Cornell Law School (2015-16), the Graduate Institute in Geneva (2014, 2016), the Université Panthéon-Assas — Paris II (since 2009); the Université catholique de Louvain (since 2011)



Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (1st edn, OUP 2009) (co-edited with S. Vogenauer)

This book is an article-by-article commentary of the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts (2004), the global standard in the law for international contracts. The UNIDROIT Principles have been the model for numerous national codifications. Moreover, they are becoming increasingly indispensible in arbitrations of disputes arising out of international contracts, either as directly applicable law or as a source for the interpretation of other laws governing the contracts, such as especially the Vienna Sales Convention. Even their application by state courts has been seriously taken into consideration in the negotiations of the Rome I Regulation.

The Commentary provides a comprehensive analysis of each provision of the Principles in the light of existing authorities and the larger comparative perspective. Thereby, it offers both practitioners and scholars from different legal backgrounds an easy and profound access to the Principles and therefore greatly enhances their use in practice of international arbitration as well as for research and teaching related to international contracts.

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International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America – Regulation and Practice in the MERCOSUR and the Associated Countries (Oxford University Press/Oceana, 2005) 691pp

This work provides practitioners and scholars alike with quick access to and in-depth comparative analysis of the laws of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile (including the new law on international commercial arbitration of September 2004), Paraguay, and Uruguay, as well as of the relevant international treaties, such as especially the MERCOSUR-Agreements of 1998.

The book follows the structure of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, which guarantees easy access to the sometimes complicated national laws. The direct topical comparative analysis provides for a deeper insight than mere country reports. Interviews with nearly 100 judges, lawyers, and scholars assure that the practical reality is well reflected in the analysis. A bilingual annex contains the English translations of all relevant legislation.

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