June 30, 2009 - Press release

Kaj Hobér appointed Professor of International Law at the University of Dundee

Mannheimer Swartling partner and internationally acclaimed arbitration practitioner, Kaj Hobér, has been appointed Professor of International Law at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), the renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy.

Increasing globalisation and the growing importance of challenges relating to energy and natural resources have seen a rapid growth in the number and size of commercial and investment disputes in this sector. As the Professor of International Law, Kaj Hobér will be joining CEPMLP’s full-time and global faculty to teach and research in the field of international economic law and international dispute settlement from January 2010.

Kaj Hobér welcomes this appointment,

I very much look forward to joining the faculty of the Centre. The Centre has an extraordinarily strong tradition in research and analysis of the strategic implications of energy law and policy. As the world’s leading academic institution in its field, it offers an intellectual and scholarly environment which I find very stimulating.”

In addition to maintaining a practice as a partner in Mannheimer Swartling’s dispute resolution  group, Kai Hobér is a prolific author on international arbitration, Russian and East European law, international investment and trade law, as well as Professor of East European Commercial Law at Uppsala University (Sweden). At the Centre, Kaj Hobér takes over the legacy left over by the late Professor Thomas Wälde who passed away in the autumn 2008.

For Mannheimer Swartling, this appointment further strengthens the firm’s important relations with the international academic community. Mannheimer Swartling’s Managing Partner, Stefan Brocker, explains,

It is important for Mannheimer Swartling, as a leading business law firm working in an increasingly international business environment, to have a close co-operation with the international academic community. This co-operation gives us an opportunity to develop the application of commercial law in close dialogue with prominent legal researchers. And it also provides the legal research community with a window on the commercial law environment.”

For further information:

Stefan Brocker, Managing Partner, 0709-777 687, sbr@msa.se
Hanna Laurentz, Press Officer, 0709- 777 487, laz@msa.se

Mannheimer Swartling is the leading business law firm in the Nordic region. The firm works with many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading major and mid-sized companies and organisations. A common feature for the firm’s clients is that law plays a vital role in their business success. Mannheimer Swartling is a full service firm with an extensive international practice. The firm has twelve offices in six countries and regularly is ranked highest among clients and students. The firm’s turnover in 2008 was SEK 1,2 billion and there were approximately 650 employees. For more information, please see: www.mannheimerswartling.se.