Pool of Arbitrators

Katharina Garbers-von Boehm


Katharina is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on art law, intellectual property law and technology-related matters.

In her art law practice, she advises among others, family offices, private individuals, artists, galleries, art dealers and advisory, banks, corporate collections, artist heirs, collector heirs, authors (advisory work and litigious matters as well as mediations). She is recognized by Best Lawyers for Art Law since 2017 and was ranked in Tier I of the Chambers HNW Report for Art and Cultural Protection Law.

She is a co-author of “Praxishandbuch Recht der Kunst” (C.H. Beck Verlag, 2019) where she authors chapters on looted art, export restrictions, auctions, as well as a chapter on financial transactions relating to art works. In addition, she is a co-author of the so far only commentary on the German cultural protection act (Kulturgutschutzgesetz) (C.H. Beck Verlag, 2018), where she authors the chapters on the import of cultural goods and on listing proceedings. Also Katharina has published extensively in relevant journals.

She is a frequent speaker and panelist at international conferences (e.g. at the IBA’s Art Law Committee, at UIA’s Art Law Committee, at the Art Law Conference of Camera Arbitrale die Venezia and the Annual Conference of DIS [German Arbitration Institut], as well as the Art Law Conference of the FBA).

Her practice has included arbitration and mediation since many years in different domestic and international matters with relation to Intellectual Property and Art Law. She was appointed to the original Arbitration pools of CAfA in January 2020.

She is a member of different legal and cultural national and international institution, in some of which she has board functions. She was elected to the advisory board (“Aufsichtsrat”) of a mid-size industrial company in Germany in 2019.

Katharina is practicing as a lawyer since 2007. Katharina’s educational background includes: law studies in Heidelberg (1997-1998), a Maîtrise en Droit (mention droit des affaires) at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) (1999-2000), and law studies in Berlin (1999-2003) followed by an LL.M. in International Studies in Intellectual Property (Exeter/Dresden) (2004); completion of the Diploma in Art Law offered by the Institute of Art and Law (UK) (2005); practical legal training at Kammergericht Berlin and a doctorate about the digitization of museum archives (2005-2008). She is fluent in German, English and French and reads Italian.

Jurisdiction: Germany