Some Reflections on Dispute Settlement in Air, Space, and Telecommunication Law - Chapter 4 - Between East and West: Essays in Honour of Ulf Franke
Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Independent Arbitrator, Member of the Law Faculty of the University of Cologne as Professor Emeritus. Chairman of the Board, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS). Patron of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Originally from Between East and West: Essays in Honour of Ulf Franke
I. PRELIMINARY NOTE
It is with great pleasure that I contribute to this book honoring Ulf Franke. I have known Ulf for many years and we have met and cooperated in a number of functions, particularly on cases of the Stockholm Chamber, as members of the ICCA, and representing our national arbitration institutions at various levels. On all these occasions, cooperation with Ulf was professionally extremely efficient and personally very pleasant. Ulf, in spite of his great knowledge and qualifications and the highly important functions at the national and international level he has held, has always kept a low profile personally and a "no-nonsense" approach in addressing procedural and substantive problems. To his peers, therefore, it is no surprise that, to a great part due to Ulf’s leadership, the arbitration system of the Stockholm Institute has become--as for example is illustrated by the Energy Charter Treaty--one of the major players accepted worldwide for international commercial and investment disputes.
II. THE TOPIC
Since my contacts and work with Ulf over the years have been dealing with many of the usual fields and subjects of international arbitration, commercial and investment arbitration, disputes between states and investors, publications and conferences, particularly of the ICCA, in this liber amicorum I will contribute some reflections regarding dispute settlement in less common areas of the law of international commercial and economic relations, i.e., air law, space law, and telecommunication law. Obviously, in the limited context available here, only some short and rather eclectic observations may be offered which, however, may at least give an impression of what is happening and what may be perspectives regarding dispute settlement in these lesser known areas.