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The roots of the German Arbitration Institute can be traced back to the year 1920, when the German Arbitration Committee (DAS) was established in Berlin. In its present form, the DIS is the result of a merger between the DAS and the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) in 1992. The DIS assumed the main tasks of its predecessors.

Since 2008, the DIS has hosted the German Court of Arbitration for Sport. The idea of establishing an independent arbitration court for sports-related matters was a joint initiative of the National Anti Doping Agency Germany (NADA) and the DIS.

Today, with more than 100 years of experience, the DIS is the leading institution on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in relation to both national and international commercial disputes in Germany. It offers recognized rules for arbitration and many other types of alternative dispute resolution.

1920: First Arbitration Rules of the DAS

The German Arbitration Committee (Deutscher Ausschuss für Schiedsgerichtswesen e.V., DAS) is founded in 1920 in Berlin by the German Association of Technical Scientific Organisations (Deutscher Verband Technisch-Wissenschaftlicher Vereine e.V.). It provides Arbitration Rules for the settlement of disputes and supervises the proceedings conducted pursuant to those rules.

1925: New Arbitration Rules

A new version of the Arbitration Rules comes into force.

1929: New Arbitration Rules

A new version of the Arbitration Rules comes into force.

1950: Re-establishment of the DAS

Re-establishment of the DAS in Bonn after Second World War. Its principal role is to provide a set of arbitration rules and to promote arbitration. The DAS is supported by the Association of German chambers of industry and commerce (DIHT) and the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), among others. A new version of the Arbitration Rules comes into force.

1954: Arbitration Court of the GDR Foreign Trade Chamber

The Arbitration Court at the Foreign Trade Chamber of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) is founded in Berlin.

1957: Permanent Arbitration Court of the DAS

The DAS establishes a permanent arbitration court with its own set of institutional rules.

1959: New Arbitration Rules

A new version of the Arbitration Rules comes into force.

1974: Foundation of the DIS

The German Arbitration Institute (Deutsches Institut für Schiedsgerichtswesen e.V., DIS) is founded by a group of business associations, academic institutions and arbitration practitioners. The DIS takes over the task of promoting commercial arbitration in Germany and providing information and advice for companies, lawyers, government and foreign professional organisations in matters of arbitration.

Ottoarndt Glossner, one of the founding members of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors.

A new version of the Arbitration Rules comes into force.

1982: New Arbitration Rules

A new version of the Arbitration Rules of the DAS comes into force.

1988: New Arbitration Rules

The new Arbitration Rules 1988 of the DAS come into force.

1990: Foundation of the VFS

34 members of the Foreign Trade Chamber of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) found a new private non-governmental institution: the Association for the Promotion of Arbitration (Vereinigung zur Förderung der Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V., VFS). This association promotes arbitration and maintains and develops contacts with international organisations and arbitral institutions. The aim of this association is to provide continuity for existing arbitration agreements at the time of the dissolution of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).

1992: DAS + DIS = DIS, new Secretary General, new DIS Arbitration Rules

The German Arbitration Institute (DIS) is founded as a result of the merger of the German Arbitration Committee (DAS) and the German Arbitration Institute (DIS).

Jens Bredow becomes Secretary General of the DIS (1992-2013).

New DIS Arbitration Rules 1992 come into force.

1996: New Board of Directors

Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel becomes the Chairman of the Board of Directors (1996-2011).

1998: New Arbitration Rules

The DIS Arbitration Rules 1998 come into force.

2002: Foundation DIS40, DIS Conciliation Rules

The DIS launches a German initiative of young arbitration practitioners: DIS40.

The DIS Conciliation Rules come into force.

2003: Publication of the SchiedsVZ

The first issue of the German Arbitration Journal, SchiedsVZ, is published and the first Petersberg arbitration days take place, both in cooperation with C.H. Beck.

2008: Foundation of the Arbitration Court for Sport

The German Court of Arbitration for Sport is founded. As a joint initiative of the National Anti Doping Agency Germany (NADA) and the DIS, it is hosted by the DIS from 1 January 2008. The first DIS Sport Arbitration Rules are published.

2009: DIS Supplementary Rules for Corporate Law Disputes

The DIS introduces Supplementary Rules for Corporate Law Disputes.

2010: New ADR Rules

The new DIS Rules for Mediation, Expert Determination, Adjudication, Expertise and Conflict Management come into force.

2012: New Board of Directors, Opening Berlin Office

Klaus Peter Berger becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors (2012-2016).

The DIS opens its Berlin office.

2014: New Secretary General

Francesca Mazza becomes Secretary General of the DIS (2014-2022).

2016: DIS Integrity Principles, new Board of Directors, new DIS Sport Arbitration Rules

The DIS adopts its DIS Integrity Principles.

Herbert Kronke becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors (2016-2020), Konrad Klimek and Andreas Reiner deputies. The Chairman of the Advisory Board is Rolf Trittmann, his deputy Thomas Klippstein.

The DIS introduces its financial aid (Verfahrenskostenhilfe, VKH) which supports athletes to defend their rights in arbitration proceedings concerning anti-doping disputes. The revised DIS Sport Arbitration Rules come into force.

2017: Project Competence Centre

The DIS launches its Project Competence Centre.

2018: New Arbitration Rules, Electronic File System, Move to Bonn

The new 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules come into force.

The DIS starts working with an electronic file system.

The DIS moves into the Villa Marienforst in Bonn.

2020: New DIS Web Presence, Centenary Arbitration Rules

New DIS web presence

Centenary: Celebrating 100 years since the first arbitration rules of the DAS came into force. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the planned celebration has been postponed - like all other DIS events - until the end of 2021.

2021: New Board of Directors and Advisory Board

The current Board of Directors and Advisory Board are elected.

2022: Board of Directors, Berlin Dispute Resolution Days

The current board of directors and advisory board elect chairmen. The executive board of directors are Stefan Kröll (Chairman), Rouven F. Bodenheimer und Reinmar Wolff (Deputy Chairmen).

The Chairman of the Advisory Board is Susanne Gropp-Stadler, her deputy Joachim Münch.

Rouven F. Bodenheimer, Reinmar Wolff, Stefan Kröll (f.l.t.r.)

The DIS Autumn Conference becomes the central event of the Berlin Dispute Resolution Days.

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