Ulrich Kopetzki is an Austrian lawyer and former Counsel of the German-speaking and the Eastern European case management team at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris.
As a lawyer, Ulrich specializes in dispute resolution and corporate law. Ulrich graduated from the law school of the University of Vienna (2012). Afterward, he worked in the arbitration department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London as an Intern and Visiting Foreign Lawyer (2013–2014) and at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris as a Deputy Counsel (2014–2016). In 2017, he returned for one year to the ICC as Counsel to become head of the German speaking case management team and subsequently of the Eastern European case management team.
During his time at the ICC, Ulrich mainly dealt with cases from Eastern Europe as well as from Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Nordic countries. He gained extensive experience in international arbitration proceedings, in particular in post-M&A disputes, joint venture, licensing and distribution agreements as well as in engineering and construction disputes, including especially FIDIC disputes. He supervised over 500 arbitrations, including several investment treaty and emergency arbitrator cases and was involved in the review of some 100 awards as part of the ICC Court’s scrutiny process.
Ulrich is also a former ICC YAF Regional Representative (2017–2019) and current member of the advisory board of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners.
Furthermore, Ulrich has a passion for negotiation and for teaching negotiation to students and professionals. He teaches negotiation at the Danube University Krems and at the University of Vienna and was a Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago (2016), where he conducted negotiation research and completed the DRRC Negotiation and Mediation Research and Teaching Certificate Program.