Dr. Georg Berrisch


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Dr. Georg M. Berrisch, a German Rechtsanwalt, is recognized as one of the most experienced and effective litigators before the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU. He is known for vigorously defending the interests and rights of his clients and for developing effective legal and political strategies in complex contentious proceedings before the European Commission and other EU institutions, in areas such as competition, state aid and trade.

In competition matters, Dr. Berrisch has represented clients before the EU Commission and national competition authorities in merger control proceedings as well as cartel and abuse of dominance investigations.

"Strategic thinker who is very experienced before the European courts."

Chambers Global 2015

Dr. Berrisch has litigated nearly 200 cases over the past several years before the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU. His litigation experience before the two EU Courts covers a broad range of subject matters including:

  • competition (cartels, merger control, abuse of dominant position)
  • state aid
  • international trade (anti-dumping and anti-subsidy, customs, trade sanctions, agricultural levies)
  • pharmaceuticals
  • consumer protection and passenger rights
  • access to documents under the EU Transparency regulation
  • EU constitutional law as well as fundamental rights law

Dr. Berrisch regularly meets with judges from both EU Courts outside of specific cases to discuss various issues concerning the operation of the Courts in his capacity of the two leading German lawyers associations (Deutsche Anwaltverein and Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) in the Permanent Delegation of the CCBE (the official representation of the bars and law societies in the EU Member States) to the EU Courts.

Dr. Berrisch is highly regarded by clients for his practical advice on external trade, including export control of Dual Use Goods and the operation of the EU’s economic sanctions against Iran, Syria and other countries and assistance on issues arising in the World Trade Organization. He has also represented clients in EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

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Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • “No Free Lunch,” The European Lawyer (April 2010), Author
  • “Administrative and Judicial Rights Under REACH and the CLP Regulations,” PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook (2010/2011), Co-Author
  • “Being Prepared for Litigation Under REACH Processes,” Chemical Watch European Business Briefing (October 2009), Co-Author
  • “International Appeal,” The European Lawyer (March 2009), Author
  • “In-house, But Still Out of Doors,” The European Lawyer (November 2007), Author
  • “The European Courts,” Brussels Legal Yearbook (2007), Author
  • “Judicial Review in Competition Cases,” Competition (2005/2006), Co-Author
  • “Kartellrechtliche Schadenersatznsprüche nach der 7. GWB Novelle,” WuW (2005), Co-Author
  • “Über London nach Luxemburg - die absurden Umwege des Rechtsschutzes in der Gemeinschaft,” EuZW, Heft 3 (2005), Author
  • “The Rocky Road to Luxembourg,” The European Lawyer (October 2004)
  • “Privilege Imperiled: What Isn’t - and Is -Protected Under EU Law, and How to Avoid the Pitfalls,” ACC Docket 22, no. 6 (June 2004), Author
  • “EU Competition and Private Actions for Damages,” Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business (Spring 2004), Co-Author
  • “Golden Opportunity - Golden Shares,” RIW, Heft (2004), Author
  • “Shipping Case Sinks Before Commission,” The European Lawyer (November 2003), Co-Author
  • “Im Stahlstreit Mub Europa Nicht Auf Die WTO Warten,” FRANKFURTER ALLEMEINE ZEITUNG (3/20/2003), Co-Author
  • “WTO HANDBUCH - The leading German treatise on WTO law,” (2003), Co-Editor and Co-Author
  • “Golden Opportunity - Golden Shares,” In Brief (July/August 2002), Author
  • “Verfahrensrechtlicher und gerichtlicher Individualschutz im EG-Antidumpingrecht,” Schriftenreihe des Europa-Kollegs Hamburg, Carsten Nowak/Wolfram Creme (2002), Author
  • “ECJ refuses to abandon outdated jurisprudence,” The European Lawyer (2002), Author
  • “Klagen helfen Fusionskandidaten wenig,” FAZ, 22 (September 2001), Author
  • “Novellierung der Vergabeordnung (The new Regulation on Public Procurement in Germany),” Der Betrieb (2001), Co-Author
  • “Doppelmandate, Neutralitätsgebot und “böser Schein”,” WuW (2001), Co-Author
  • “e-commerce und WTO-Recht (e-commerce and WTO Law),” Kommunikation und Recht, Heft 11 (2001), Author
  • “The European Community’s Trade Barriers Regulation and the New Market Access Strategy,” EWS, Heft 10 (2001), Co-Author
  • “Anmerkung zum EuGH-Urteil vom 23.11.99, WTO-Recht im Gemeinschaftsrecht - (k)eine Kehrtwende des EuGH (Direct effect of WTO Law in the EU),” EWS (2000), Co-Author
  • “Anmerkung zu BGH, Beschluß vom 18.1.2000 - KVR 23/98 (Vorlage an das BverfG zur Rechtsmäßigkeit des Berliner Vergabegesetzes (“Tariftreueerklärung II”) (Order of the Federal Court in a public procurement law matter.),” ZiP (January 2000), Co-Author
  • “Die Handelshemmnis-Verordnung als Mittel zur Öffnung von Exportmärkten (The Trade Barriers Regulation as a Tool to open Export Markets),” Der Syndikus (November/December 1999), Co-Author
  • “Die neue Beihilfen-Verfahrensverordnung (The new State Aid Procedural Regulation),” Der Syndikus (July/Aug. 1999), Co-Author
  • “Anmerkung zu Brandenburgisches OLG, Beschluß vom 3.8.1999 - 6 Verg 1/99 (Annotation of a Judgment on Public Procurement Law),” Der Betrieb (1999), Author
  • “Die Handelshemmnis-Verordnung - Ein neues Mittel zur Öffnung von Exportmärkten (The Trade Barriers Regulation - A New Tool to Open Export Markets),” EuZW (1999), Co-Author
  • “Die neuesten Entwicklungen im europäischen Außenhandelsrecht - 1998/1999 (Recent Developments in EU Trade Law - 1998/1999),” EuZW (1998/1999), Co-Author
  • “Binding Origin Information,” International Trade Law & Regulation (1997), Author
  • “Europäische Union und Sport-Sponsoring,” SpuRT, Heft 5 (1997), Co-Author
  • “Die Rückforderung gemeinschaftsrechtlicher Subventionen (The Recovery of Illegal State Aid),” Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Landwirtschaftsrecht an der Universität Passau (Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH, Münster-Hiltrup, Bd. 7) (1997), Co-Author
  • “Anmerkung zu Urteil vom 20.3.1997, Rs. C-24/95, Land Rheinland-Pfalz ./. Alcan Deutschland GmbH; betr. Rückforderung rechtswidriger staatlicher Beihilfen (Annotation of the judgment of the ECJ in Case C-24/95 - Recovery of Illegal State Aid),” EuR (1997), Author
  • “Neuerungen im Außenhandelsrecht der Gemeinschaft - Die Umsetzung der multilateralen Handelsabkommen der Uruguay-Runde (New Developments in Community Trade Law - The Implementation of the Multilateral Trade Agreements of the Uruguay Round),” Universität des Saarlandes, Europa-Institut, Sektion Rechtswissenschaft; Vorträge, Reden und Berichte aus dem Europa-Institut, Ausgabe Nr. 327 (1995), Author
  • “The Danube Dam Dispute under International Law,” Austrian Journal of Public and International Law (1994), Author
  • “Zum “Bananen”-Urteil des EuGH vom 5.10.1994 - Rs. C-280/93, Deutschland ./. Rat der Europäischen Union (Annotation of the first Banana judgment of the ECJ in Case C-280/93 - Germany vs. Council),” EuR (1994), Author
  • “Der völkerrechtliche Status der Europäischen Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft im GATT (The Status of the European Communities in GATT under Public International Law),” Verlag V. Florentz, München (1992), Author
  • “The Establishment of New Law through subsequent Practice in GATT,” North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation (1991), Author

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Standard of Review by the General Court: How to Maximise Your Chances of Getting a Proper Review,” Bringing and Defending Litigation Against EU Institutions (3/1/2012)
  • “Anti Dumping & Anti Subsidy – Trade Barriers for the Tire Industry,” 5th CEE Rubber & Tire Markets (10/21/2011)
  • “What Arguments Work in Luxembourg and What Arguments Don’t: Substantive Review,” EU Litigation 2011 (10/7/2011)
  • “Litigating before the ECHA Board of Appeal and before the EU Courts,” REACH in Practice Conference (3/24/2011)
  • “5 Hot Compliance Issues in 50 Sizzling Minutes” and “Litigating Before the BoA and the EU Courts – What Companies Need to Know,” REACH: Legal Implications & Supply Chain Strategies Conference 2011 (1/19/2011)