Dr. Johanna Büstgens

Senior Associate


  • Dr Johanna Büstgens appointed DIS40 Co-Chair

    Dr. Johanna Büstgens was appointed as the new DIS40 Co-Chair. The DIS40 is an initiative of young arbitration practitioners, which the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) launched in summer 2002. It offers a forum for the exchange of experience between young arbitration practitioners and deals primarily with topics of interest to younger lawyers. The five Co-Chairs manage the daily business of the DIS40, plan the bi-annual federal events, support the regional coordinators in the organisation of the regional events and organise the cooperation with the DIS. In addition, they coordinate the activities of the DIS40 abroad and in cooperation with the other foreign "below 40" groups within the framework of the Co-Chairs' Circle.
  • Dr. Johanna Büstgens promoted to senior associate

    Dr. Johanna Büstgens has been promoted to senior associate effective 1 January 2020. Johanna started her career at HANEFELD in 2016 and has since then acted as counsel, arbitrator and secretary to arbitral tribunals in numerous arbitrations and state court proceedings with a special focus on complex energy disputes.

Dr. Johanna Büstgens acts as counsel in arbitration and state court proceedings. She also acts as arbitrator and, as secretary to arbitral tribunals in large-volume and complex proceedings. The focus of her practice is energy law (in particular disputes involving long-term energy supply contracts and price adjustments), construction & engineering (including FIDIC model contracts), international trade and distribution law and international commercial and sales law.

Johanna studied at the Bucerius Law School and the University of Oxford (Brasenose College). She holds a doctorate of law from Bucerius Law School in the field of international arbitration for which she completed a research stay at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her legal traineeship inter alia at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She has also previously worked as a research assistant at a chair for private international and international commercial law at Bucerius Law School.

Johanna currently teaches international contract law at FOM University of Applied Science Hamburg. Her working languages are German and English.

As counsel in arbitral proceedings
Representation of domestic and foreign companies in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and DAB proceedings

As arbitrator and secretary to the arbitral tribunal
Arbitrator and secretary to the arbitral tribunal in more than 20 domestic and international arbitration proceedings

As counsel in state court proceedings
Representation of domestic and foreign companies in state court proceedings before German Courts (cross-border litigation, commercial disputes, enforcement of arbitral awards)

  • Arbitration and Litigation
  • Energy law (in particular long-term energy supply contracts and price adjustments)
  • Construction & engineering (in particular under FIDIC contracts)
  • International trade and distribution law
  • International contract and sales law (CISG) and commercial law
  • Private international law, law of international civil procedure and comparative law
  • German
  • English
  • Since 2016
    Attorney with HANEFELD, Hamburg
  • 2017
    Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.), Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
  • 2013 - 2016
    Legal traineeship (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg including work experience with the European Commission (Directorate-General for Competition), the German Parliament and the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • 2012
    Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley
  • 2011 - 2013
    Research and teaching assistant at the Chair for Civil Law, Private International and International Commercial Law, and Comparative Law at Bucerius Law School
  • 2011
    Internship at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (international arbitration group), London
  • 2006 - 2011
    Law studies at Bucerius Law School (with a focus on international commercial law) and Oxford University (Brasenose College)

Lecturer on international contract law at the FOM University of Applied Science Hamburg (since 2019)

2020VIAC Breakfast WebinarVirtual Hearings- Legal and Practical Challenges and Considerations./.Online event
2020ICC YAFVirtual Hearings – requirements, procedure and how to get the most out of it./.Online event
2019YAAP RoundtableLegal Framework of Witness Preparation in International ArbitrationViennaAustria
2019ICC YAFConsideration of Witness Testimony by Arbitral TribunalsWarsawPoland
2019Annual MAA International Commercial Law & Arbitration ConferenceUse the Force (Majeur): Unforseen Hardship and Tough Arbitrators (Moderator)ViennaAustria
2017Annual Conference of the German-Russian Law InstituteCorporate Disputes and ArbitrationKielGermany
2013Willem C. Vis MootIntroduction to Arbitration and UN Sales LawHamburgGermany
2020Enforcing ICSID awards in GermanyPractice Note for LexisPSL
2017Transparency and Publicity in Mixed Arbitrations (dissertation, in German)
2017Germany, Global Legal GroupEnforcement of Foreign Judgements, International Comparative Law Guide, 2nd ed.
2015The Arbitral Tribunal's Deliberations - potential conflicts and ways to avoid them (in German)SchiedsVZ 2015, pp. 169 et seq.
2014Mock exam on the law of unjust enrichment and damages (in German, jointly with Sarah Nietner)JURA 2004, pp. 1275 et seq.
  • Co-chair of DIS40
  • Co-chair of the Bucerius Law School Alumni group “Dispute Resolution”
  • German Arbitration Institute (DIS40)
  • Young ICCA
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
  • Groupe ASA des Jeunes Praticiens de l'Arbitrage (ASA Below 40)
  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
  • Arbitral Women and Young Arbitral Women Practitioners (YAWP)
  • Feminin pluriel