Hamburg as a centre for law

Hamburg is a centre for law, with a tradition of republicanism and the rule of law, as well as a notable international outlook.

As an international economic hub, Hamburg counts on its well-regarded courts and lawyers. The city is a centre for arbitration and mediation and contains a UN court, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Hamburg notaries are of the highest competence and quality. The Law Faculty of the University of Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for comparative and international Private Law, the Bucerius Law School and the Helmut Schmidt University guarantee an exceptional teaching and research infrastructure. Hamburg is home to numerous legal associations.

Hamburg legal community

  • 18 Courts for all areas of the law, 620 judges
  • Home of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Home of a local chamber of European Unified Patent Court
  • Specialized lawyers
  • Hamburg notary
  • Home to a large number of international arbitration centres and mediation facilities
  • Export-oriented and maritime economy
  • In house counsel and specialized legal advice
  • Modern, citizen-friendly administration
  • Excellence in the study and teaching of law

Our association network connects you with the significant members of the Hamburg legal community in both private and public entities.


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