Prof. Emeritus; till 2001 Holder of the Chair of International Business Law and Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne. Lectured in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Lebanon, the Netherlands, South-Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.
Arbitrator and president of arbitration tribunals in many national and international arbitrations of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) The Hague, NAFTA, CAFTA, UNCITRAL, AAA, DIS, Swiss Rules, Cairo-, China-, Dubai-, Stockholm- and Vienna-Arbitration Centres, Ad-Hoc arbitrations, and in disputes between states, and others. Appointing Authority in several PCA cases.
Honorary Chairman (Chairman 1996-2012) of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS). President, International Law Association (ILA) 2004-2006; The Patron, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2008-2010; President, German Association for International Law 1993-2006; Chair, “Arbitration of the Century”, IBA Millenium Conference Amsterdam 2000; President of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) 1993-1997; Panel Chairman of the United Nations Compensation Commission 1994-1996. President of Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, 1984-1988. Board Member and since 2012 Advisory Board Member of International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).
Functions in other fields:
Panel of Legal Experts, Int. Telecom. Satellite Org. (ITSO); Board of Directors, International Institute of Space Law; Chairman, both German Commissions on Air and Space Law 1977-2001; Chairman, Working Group Air Law of International Chamber of Commerce 1979-2001; Chairman, Space Law Committee, International Law Association 1985-2001; Board Member, European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) 1980-2001; Chairman, Intelsat, Panel of Legal Experts 1995-1999; Chairman, Council, German National Space Agency (DARA) 1990-1994.
12 books authored and 35 books edited. More than 400 articles.
1) Law of International Business and Dispute Settlement in the 21st Century – Liber Amicorum Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel; Editors: Briner, Fortier, Berger, Bredow; Cologne 2001, 824 pages.
2) Air and Space Law in the 21st Century – Liber Amicorum Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel; Editors: Kröll, Benkö; Cologne 2001, 496 pages.
In 2011, a bi-annual lecture series was started by the DIS as "The Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture".
In 2019, at a GAR Ceremony in Paris attended by 350, the Arbitral Award in ICSID case UPP v Hungary chaired by KHB was elected as the “Most Important Decision 2018”,and KHB was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award 2019”.