International Construction Law Review



Edited by Andreas J Roquette and Dr Tom Christopher Pröstler. Published by CH Beck, Hart and Nomos, November 2022. Pages: 364. ISBN 978-3-406-76970-2 (CH Beck); 978-1-5099-5727-9 (Hart); 978-3-8487-8360-1 (Nomos). Price: Hardback £200, €180, US$270.
International Construction Disputes: A Practitioner’s Guide is – as the two editors state in their preface – a “reference guide” which “focuses on the nuts and bolts of complex construction disputes and their resolution”.
The book’s 364 pages are divided into 15 parts in six chapters. The mathematically gifted will immediately realise this means that each part has a mean average of 24 pages.
Each part – before the traditional prose – starts with a contents list and bibliography. This usually fills a page or two, although for one part it is more than six pages long. The bibliographies refer to material that is both familiar and unfamiliar. From time to time they set out website addresses where further information may be downloaded.
Each of the 15 parts is written by one, two, three or four authors. One 
can only commend the co-ordination needed both across – and within – the 15 parts of the book. That co-ordination is, for the most part, successful.
As the preface states, the authors are “a truly international team” “consisting of leading practitioners from many different jurisdictions and including both the future and present leaders in the field”. The 27 authors are as follows: Andreas J Roquette and Dr Tom Christopher Pröstler (who are also the book’s editors), Professor Dr Mohamed S Abdel Wahab, Julian Bailey, Dr Martin Begrich, Adrian Bell, Dr Rouven F Bodenheimer, Christophe Guibert de Bruet, Dr Bernd Ehle, Eliane Fischer, Dr Thomas Frad, Mino Han, Florian Haugeneder, Emmanual E Kaufman, Cornel L Kerber, Joachim Knoll, Emily Leonard, Claus H Lenz, Lindy Patterson KC, Kelvin Poon, Professor Dr Klaus 
Sachs, Michael E Schneider, Lisa-Marie Schuldes, Susanne Schwalb, Daryl Larry Sim, Christina Täuber and Dr Michael Werkl.
Many of these authors will be well-known to readers – as they are to this writer. The majority are private practice lawyers and third-party neutrals. However, as the book states, two (Martin Begrich and Cornel Kerber) work in-house for the Austrian construction company Strabag while one (Michael Werkl) is a quantum expert. The 27 authors are all based in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and England, save for Mohamed S Abdel Wahab (Egypt), Mino Han (Korea), Kelvin Poon (Singapore) and Daryl Larry Sim (also Singapore).


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