Christian Aschauer is an Independent Arbitrator and Professor at the University of Graz. He has 20 years of experience in international commercial arbitration. He has been serving as an arbitrator in proceedings under the rules of the ICC, VIAC, DIS, Camera Arbitrale di Milano, Camera Arbitrale di Reggio Emilia, the Arbitration Court of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, and UNCITRAL. Christian Aschauer has been acting as sole arbitrator, chairman or party-appointed arbitrator in the sectors of energy, telecommunications, construction and engineering contracts, M&A's, joint ventures and international purchase and sales contracts. He conducted also arbitrations with participation of states or state entities.
In 2014, Christian Aschauer was appointed (part time) professor of Austrian arbitration law and international arbitration at the University of Graz. Dr Aschauer has published a series of articles and co-authored a commentary on the 2012 ICC Arbitration Rules together with Prof Dr Andreas Reiner. Dr Aschauer is a frequent speaker and moderator at seminars and conferences and has been active as a member of the ICC working group on the revision of the ICC arbitration rules. He is fluent in German, English, Italian and French and has conducted arbitrations in all four languages.
Christian Aschauer's guiding philosophy is that an international arbitrator should not divide the world into categories of "domestic" and "foreign" law, but rather should take an open and impartial approach towards all of the world's legal systems and nationalities. His priority is always to establish the proper balance between giving all parties a full opportunity to present their case at every stage of the proceedings and the efficient conduct of the arbitration. His fundamental values are thus his own full independence, competence, integrity and efficiency.