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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:


Prof. Dr. Gerhard WagnerAcademic Director, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wagner, LL.M. (Chicago)

Prof. 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 Zielińska-Eisen is a Polish-qualified lawyer and works as the Program Coordinator for the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) LL.M. at Humboldt University of Berlin. She is combining her academic career with legal practice as a Managing Associate with the dispute resolution group of Linklaters in Warsaw, Poland.

Alicja is involved in numerous initiatives for legal professionals, including speaking engagements at seminars and conferences in Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna and Hong Kong, and lectures on arbitration and ADR subjects. In recent years she was a faculty member of the Berlin Summer School on Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation organised by Tulane University and Humboldt University of Berlin. She also acts as a mock-arbitrator and coach preparing students for moot court competitions.

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



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


Ms. Cut Aina Hannisa, LL.M. (Humboldt)Aina Hannisa

Aina Hannisa is one of the Research Assistants to Prof. Dr. Wagner and assists with the coordination of the IDR LL.M. at Humboldt University of Berlin. She is using her time in Berlin to continue her journey in academia, before she returns to Ireland to start a traineeship at a large corporate firm in Dublin.

Aina was educated in Ireland where she completed her Bachelor Degree in Law (International) at University College Cork. During the course of her studies she also spent one year on exchange at Université de Montréal in Canada, studying on a Master Program entitled “Business Law in a Globalized World”.

Aina is herself a graduate of the IDR LL.M. Program at Humboldt which she completed in 2019. In combination with her studies she also spent time working in the arbitration group at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. Additionally, this semester she is looking forward to representing Humboldt University as a member of its Willem C. Vis Moot Team.



Mr. Oguzhan SamanciOguzhan Samanci

Oguzhan Samanci is a final-year law student at Humboldt University of Berlin. As a Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Wagner, he has been assisting with the coordination of the IDR LL.M. at Humboldt University of Berlin since August 2018.

During the course of his studies, Oguzhan also spent one year on exchange at King's College London, specialising in English law. 

Prior to joining the IDR LL.M. team, Oguzhan has gained work experience in the corporate and employment department of the Munich office of Clifford Chance as well as the corporate and real estate department of the Berlin office of Berwin Leighton Paisner. Furthermore, he successfully participated in the 16th/26th Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court for Humboldt University of Berlin. His team advanced to the Round of 8 in Hong Kong and the Round of 16 in Vienna and he was awarded an individual Honourable Mention as Best Oral Advocate.




Ms. Valeria Lühring