Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Dispute Resolution



The IDR LL.M. Faculty is led by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wagner, LL.M. (Chicago), one of the most prominent German arbitration experts in academia, Chair of Private Law, Commercial Law and Law and Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin and member of the board of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS).


We are pleased to introduce the IDR LL.M. team:


Academic DirectorProf. Dr. Gerhard Wagner, LL.M. (Chicago)

Gerhard WagnerProf. Dr. Gerhard Wagner has held the position of Professor of Private Law, Commercial Law and Law and Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin since 2013. He is the founder of the IDR LL.M. program.

Before joining the Humboldt University Law Faculty, Wagner served as Executive Director of the Institute of Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution at the University of Bonn. In 2003, he was a Visiting Fellow at University College in London, UK. During 2010-2011, he was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL. From 2009 through 2014 he also served as Professor of Fundamentals of Private Law at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. From 2008 through 2011 he was Honorary Professor of Law at Renmin University School of Law, Beijing, China.

Prof. Dr. Wagner is member of the Private Law Teachers’ Association (Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung), member of the European Law Institute, and a corresponding member of North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. In 2013, Wagner was awarded the Prize of the Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Since 2015, he has served as an External Academic Member of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.

Prof. Dr. Wagner is a board member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and has published widely in the fields of contracts, torts, litigation and arbitration.


Academic Coordinator, Ms. Alicja Zielinska-Eisen, LL.M. (Humboldt)Alicja Zielinska-Eisen

Alicja is a Polish-qualified lawyer (adwokat) and works as the Academic Coordinator for the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) LL.M. at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is combining her academic career with legal practice as an Of Counsel with the international dispute resolution boutique Queritius.

Alicja is involved in numerous initiatives for legal professionals, including speaking engagements at seminars and conferences in Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong, and lectures on arbitration and ADR subjects. In recent years she was a faculty member during the Berlin Summer School on Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation organised by Tulane University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

Currently she serves as an ICC YAF Regional Representative for Europe and Russia and is a Member of the Arbitration Commission of the ICC Poland and the Commission’s working group on education and training in arbitration. She is an avid supporter of mooting and initiatives empowering the younger generation of lawyers, which she actively advocates for in her various roles including that of Secretary to the Board of the Moot Alumni Association (MAA).

Alicja graduated from the University of Silesia (Poland) and holds an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Negotiation, Mediation and other ADR awarded by the Warsaw University Centre for Dispute and Conflict Resolution.


Academic CoordinatorMs. Cut Aina Hannisa, LL.M. (Humboldt)

Aina Hannisa

Aina Hannisa works as an Academic Coordinator for the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) LL.M. at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is using her time in Berlin to continue her journey in academia, before she returns to Ireland to start a traineeship at one of Ireland’s largest corporate firms, in Dublin.

Aina was educated in Ireland and studied law at University College Cork, which included a year studying abroad at Université de Montréal, Canada. On graduating she moved to Berlin where she completed an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt University of Berlin in 2019. During her time at UCC she was a part of the Quercus Talented Students’ Scholarship Programme which enabled her to continue playing piano, violin, harpsichord and organ in parallel with her law studies. In the course of her studies she also spent some time working in the arbitration group at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt.

Aina has been part of the IDR LL.M. team since August 2019. She participated in the Vis (East) Moot in its 27th/17th season in 2020, and has been coaching the Humboldt University team since July 2020. In addition, Aina is a Regional Representative and member of the core team of the Moot Alumni Association (MAA).   


Research Fellow, Mr. Oguzhan Samanci

IMG 4542Oguzhan studied law at Humboldt University of Berlin and at King’s College London, graduating in March 2021. He currently divides his time between working as a Research Assistant to Professor Dr. Gerhard Wagner and as a Research Assistant in the dispute resolution practice of CMS’ Berlin office, focusing on international arbitration. Prior to his graduation, he gained practical experience at two international law firms and at the German Parliament.

Oguzhan has been part of the IDR LL.M. team since August 2018. He discovered his passion for arbitration while participating in the 26th/16th Willem C. Vis (East) Moot. His team reached the Round of 16 in Vienna and the quarter-finals in Hong Kong and Oguzhan was awarded an Honourable Mention for his performance as an oralist. He has been coaching the Humboldt University of Berlin Vis Moot team since July 2020. Furthermore, he is the Technical Editor of the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration and a member of the core team of the Moot Alumni Association (MAA).


Research Assistants to Prof. Dr. Wagner working for the IDR LL.M.




Ms. Valeria Lühring