12 The Complete (but Unofficial) Guide to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 5 th Edition Edited by Jörg Risse Paperback 241 pp, 2019 € 35.00 ISBN 978-3-406-71443-6 Dr Jörg Risse and his co-authors Dr Markus Altenkirch, Dr Ragnar Herbst, Dr Annette Keilmann, and Dr Lisa Reiser practice law with Baker & McKenzie; they are experienced specialists in the field of arbitration and litigation. Eleven teams of student participants attended the first Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot in 1993/1994. More than twenty-five years later, 378 teams from more than 80 countries gathered to participate in what is now considered one of the largest international arbitration events in the world. The cases dealt with are based on an international sales transaction governed by CISG, including procedural issues of arbitration. The book is written for participants of the Vis Moot. It provides the reader with step-by-step practical advice in order to maximize his or her Vis Moot experience. It explains registration and offers tips on finding and organizing the team, analysing the case, writing memoranda, presenting the case in the oral pleadings, and organizing the trips to Vienna or Hong Kong. Any student considering taking part in the so-called ‘Moot Experience’ will find the information needed to make the Vis Moot a unique lifetime experience. Contents: ■■ Chapter 1 – The Vis Moot: A Lifetime Experience ■■ Chapter 2 – The Vis Moot: Facts and Figures ■■ Chapter 3 – How to Start ■■ Chapter 4 – How to Write Effective Memoranda ■■ Chapter 5 – How to Present Your Case before the Arbitral Tribunal ■■ Chapter 6 – Seven Days in Vienna and Hong Kong ■■ Chapter 7 – Where to Go from Here ■■ Chapter 8 – Views from the Dachgeschoss ■■ Chapter 9 – Views from Around the World ■■ Bibliography
13 Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB) A Commentary on Books 1 to 3 of the German Civil Code Edited by Gerhard Dannemann, and Reiner Schulze Hardback Approx. 3,000 pp., 2019 Approx. € 280.00 ISBN 978-3-406-70035-4 This commentary is edited by Professor Dr Gerhard Dannemann, Humboldt University of Berlin, and Professor Dr Reiner Schulze, University of Münster. The authors are both academics and practitioners in the field of civil and comparative law. The Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch in the version as from 2 January 2002 is the very backbone of German civil law. Its institutions and principles are essential for the understanding of the law of Europe’s major legal systems. In its first edition, this article-by-article commentary covers books 1 to 3 of the code, i. e. General Part, Law of Obligations, Law of Things. The commentary takes into account all the changes up to 1 January 2018 and provides a consolidated version of the BGB. The commentary of each article is headed by the current version of the article both in the German original and an English translation followed by a clearly and uniformly structured analysis of the provision. Focus is laid on the understanding of the meaning of the provision in the context of the code and the proper use of the termi nology both in German and English. As the meaning of the BGB does not always follow from the wording of its provisions, especially if translated into another language, they need further explanation. Taking into account the origin of the BGB in 19th century Germany and the difficulties inherent in any legal translation, the proper use of terminology is the real challenge of the commentary. Facing this challenge, the commentary meets the expectations both of German and foreign lawyers by providing the proper terminology and explanation in English to lawyers and translators and by offering a systematic overview on the BGB to lawyers who are not very familiar with the German civil law.