The Art of Dispute Settlement is My Domain.


Three decades of advocacy in litigation and arbitration have made me familiar with dispute resolution. Now I focus on sitting as arbitrator.

My experience as a judge, as an in-house counsel and as party counsel in litigation and arbitration has made me familiar with all divergent views of the players”in commercial disputes.

My style is thorough and creative, and I consider dispute settlement as a service. My goal is to structure and plan the proceedings in consensus and then carry them out with care and commitment. My professional eye spotting win-win-situations and opportunities of amicable settlement is sometimes helpful.

Premises and infrastructure in my office are at disposal for my arbitrations. This ensures their skillful, cost efficient and speedy operation.


Education | Specialization | Memberships

Dr. iuris, University Vienna Law School; studies of economy (University Vienna and Business University Vienna)

Training in the judiciary, district judge (Vienna court of appeals); head of legal department in the production industry (EUMIG, SEMPERIT); Rechtsanwalt (Vienna Bar) 1988 through 2016; euroadvokat (Slovakia) 2004-2019

German, English, some French

Experience in Arbitration and ADR:
party counsel, sole arbitrator, chairman and party-appointed arbitrator in institutional arbitrations (VIAC, ICC, Swiss Chambers, Budapest Chamber, UNCITRAL arbitration rules) and Ad Hoc proceedings;
chairman of a dispute board (ICC-Rules).

Listed in institutional panels:

  • VIAC Vienna International Arbitral Center
  • AIAC Asian International Arbitration Centre
  • CCIS Arbitration Court of Slovenia
  • SOUD.CZ Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic
  • ICDR International Centre for Dispute Resolution

Specialization as arbitrator:
distribution law, intellectual property, telecom, energy and raw materials, shareholder disputes, industry plants, complex technical / economic disputes, East-West disputes

Other activities:
Expert witness for Austrian International Civil Procedure Law before U.S.-courts.
Disciplinary Judge for the Austrian Bar 1997-2016. In recognition of his service to the Vienna and Austrian Bars, most recently in the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Lawyers, Wolfgang Hahnkamper was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Austria.

Memberships and offices:

  • Association operating the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot: member of the executive board
  • Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut): member of the executive committee 2006-2011, president 2010/2011
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb): vice chair European Branch 2009-2013
  • MCIArb
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS)
  • Polish Arbitration Association (PSSP)
  • International Arbitration Institute (IAI)

Teaching activities:
Lectures occasionally at universities; regularly speaks and moderates at ADR-conferences

Publications and Lecturing

"…highly effective, bright and a great operator" Who’sWhoLegal 2015



  • Sole Arbitrator
  • Party-appointed Arbitrator (in panels)
  • Presiding Arbitrator (in panels)
  • Chairman (dispute board)
  • Conciliator and Mediator
  • Consulting and Peer Support in international arbitration cases


Recently published:

Article on "Testamentary Arbitration Clauses" in ecolex 9/2017
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Lecture 26.01.2018 "Arbitration by last will"

On Friday 26.01. Wolfgang Hahnkamper held a lecture at a conference organized by the "Schiedsgericht Salzburg" in the city of Salzburg. He covered the topic of "arbitration by last will". The conference focused on arbitration in succession matters which Austrian and German arbitration law explicitly provides. There was lively and extensive discussion in which participants compared arbitral proceedings to the (sometimes molestuous) proceedings before the state court judge in and in connection with probate proceedings.

New Office Address


Ranked in Chambers & Partners Europe 2017

Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators — Austria

"Seasoned arbitrator" Wolfgang Hahnkamper is a renowned practitioner, most visible in his role as chairman. He offers particular expertise in construction arbitration.“


Contact, Team:

Dr. Wolfgang Hahnkamper

Stallburggasse 4/4
A-1010 Wien

Tel.: +43/1/317 16 16


Martina Scharner (Administration)

Tel.: +43/1/317 16 16