DIS40 – German initiative of young arbitration practitioners

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In the summer of 2002, the DIS established an initiative for young arbitration practitioners in Germany – the “DIS40”. It is a forum for young professionals to exchange experiences of practice in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

The DIS40 regularly organises regional, national and international events. Participation in these events is mostly free of charge. Membership is open to anyone interested in arbitration under the age of 40.

As a DIS40 member, you also have the opportunity to participate in the DIS/DIS40 Mentoring Programme.

The DIS40 is one of the co-founders of the Co-Chairs’-Circle (CCC), an umbrella association for all the organisations of young arbitration practitioners worldwide.

DIS40 Coordinators

The activities of the DIS40 are organised by national and regional coordinators who are selected at regular intervals. The national coordinators are responsible for managing the daily business of the DIS40: planning the biannual national events and coordinating the DIS40’s activities abroad. 

DIS40 national coordinators

Markus Altenkirch, Frankfurt

Moritz Schmitt, Frankfurt

Johanna Büstgens, Hamburg

Annabelle Möckesch, Zurich

DIS40 national coordinator for the In-House Counsel Initiative

Elizabeth Hincapie, Düsseldorf


Each year, more than 30 DIS40 events take place in different regions in Germany, in Switzerland (Zurich and Basel) and in London. These events are focused on current topics of arbitration as well as the further education and training of young arbitration practitioners. The DIS40 regional coordinators are responsible for organising all regional events.

DIS40 regional coordinators

DIS40 Berlin: Manuela Kreuzeder and Joseph Schwartz

DIS40 Frankfurt: Henriette Sigmund and Fabian Bonke

DIS40 Nord: Birthe K. Renzing and Tim Rauschning

DIS40 Munich: Daniel Engel and Nico Köppel

DIS40 Rhein/Ruhr: Franziska Gräfin Grote and Andreas Heinrich

DIS40 Stuttgart: Tanja Stooß and Björn Ebert

DIS40 London: Nadja Al Kanawati and Tobias Strecker

DIS40 Zurich: Andrea Roth and Lukas Rusch

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