Dr Francesca Mazza
DIS Secretary General
Francesca Mazza is Secretary General of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS). She is an Italian citizen and is fully qualified to practice law in Germany as a Rechtsanwältin. Before joining the DIS, she worked at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She started as Counsel heading one of the Court´s case management teams and was then promoted to the position of Secretary to the ICC Commission on Arbitration.
In her career Francesca supervised more than a thousand arbitration proceedings in many different languages, taking place across the globe and concerning a wide variety of matters. Her experience encompasses disputes concerning construction and infrastructure projects, project financing, telecommunication, military procurement, TV licensing, luxury goods, post- M&A disputes, disputes in relation to joint venture and partnership agreements, shareholders agreements, pharmaceutical disputes, distribution agreements and general commercial disputes. She is one of the principal draftspersons of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration.
Francesca read law in Milan (Italy) and Heidelberg (Germany). She is qualified as a Rechtsanwältin in Germany and holds a PhD from the University of Heidelberg. She has published various articles and books, including the Secretariat´s Guide to ICC Arbitration (co-authored with J. Fry and S. Greenberg). She regularly lectures on international law at universities and business schools in various European countries. She is able to work and conduct arbitrations in English, French, German and Italian.