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Dr. Ottoarndt Glossner 1923-2010

To mark the death of ICCA Advisory Member Dr. Ottoarndt Glossner on 27 April 2010, ICCA honours his life with this tribute by former colleague and ICCA Member Professor Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel:

"With the death of  Dr.Dr. Ottoarndt Glossner on 27 April 2010, a personality has left the stage who has had an impact on arbitration in Germany and beyond for decades.

Born on 23 December 1923, he had an exceptional education for his time, which culminated in his degrees of Dr.jur. in Germany and Docteur en Droit at the University of  Paris, and gave him excellent language capabilities.

His professional career led him first to the position of General Counsel of AEG, at the time one of the largest companies in Germany. During that period he was also chairman of the Legal Committee of the German Federation of Industries. Thereafter, he worked as an attorney and notary in his own law firm.

Since his participation, as a member of the German delegation, in the UN conference in 1958 which resulted in the New York Convention, arbitration became a focus of his work. He was a member from the beginning of what is today ICCA, and remained an Advisory Member. In 1973 he was a founding member of the German Institute of Arbitration (DIS) and became its first Chairman. He remained in this function until, after German reunification,  the DIS was re-founded as the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and remained  its Honorary Chairman. For many years he was also the Chairman of the ICC Arbitration Commission. He was actively involved in the commission at the Ministry of Justice which prepared Germany’s acceptance of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Arbitration which came into force in 1998. In the IBA he was Chairman of Committee D. During all these functions he was active as an arbitrator in many cases and published widely.

In 1993, friends from Germany and abroad offered him a Liber Amicorum. In France, he was honored by the appointment as Chevalier de La Legion d’Honeur and in Germany he received the Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz.

Those who remember him will agree that he was an old-style gentleman with great diplomatic skills, but also great personal warmth. And they will also agree that he received  extraordinary support from his wife, Inge, during all these years. To her we send, at this difficult time, our sympathy and  best  wishes for the future."