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Join us for parts or all of a fun-packed week-long summer experience for lawyers in Germany's vibrant capital. Fulfil some of your annual CLE/CPD requirements in thought-provoking sessions in the company of internationally-minded practitioners from a range of jurisdictions, and be more than just a tourist as you get under the skin of Berlin with our carefully curated cultural and social programme!

On Monday, we explore various aspects of Law in the Age of Hyperconnectivity. On Wednesday, our speakers will get sharing on Legal Issues in the Sharing Economy. And on Friday, after visiting the home of Volkswagen the day before, we'll consider the Legal Fallout from the Dieselgate Emissions Scandal.

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Start: 23 July 2017
End: 29 July 2017
Knowledge Nomads

Radisson Blu Hotel

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 3
10178 Berlin Berlin

Related documents

  • kn-berlin-terms-and-conditions-2017.pdf
  • academic-programme-as-at-21-june-2017.pdf

Arts & Culture Day

On Tuesday 25 July, we'll be out and about exploring some of the rich arts, history and culture on offer in Berlin. We'll divide into smaller groups, each with a particular theme, and embark on a specially-tailored all-day programme led by local experts, including lunch in a special place.

Berlin of the Weimar Republic: An Encounter with Marlene Dietrich, Christopher Isherwood and the Grim Brothers Grimm

Guide: Brendan Nash

On our journey back in time into Berlin's most glamorous and flamboyant era, we'll initially trace the roots of Alfred Döblin’s ground-breaking 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz. Then we'll case the once-seedy backstreets of Berlin’s oldest neighbourhood, discovering a square named after a Communist revolutionary, a century-old "peoples" theatre and an unfortunate soul who met a grizzly end on the steps of the Babylon Cinema. Next, we'll explore the Schöneberg neighbourhood that inspired British author Christopher Isherwood to write his Berlin diaries, which became the Oscar-winning film Cabaret. In a time of dazzling transvestite nightclubs, meet a fame-hungry chorus girl who would conquer the world and hear the ever-increasing drum-beat of far-right politics. Finally, enter the dark world of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm’s twisted fairytales and unearth the last resting place of these greatest storytellers of all time.

Art and Democracy

Guide: Sigrid Melchior

Berlin’s south deserves a closer look: surrounded by woods and lakes, this primarily residential neighborhood was famed for its high society life from the 19th century on. But with the end of World War II and occupation by the Allied Forces, a transformation occurred. Today, the area is home to two notable institutions that encapsulate the transformation from Nazi to democratic Germany: The Allied Museum and Kunsthaus Dahlem (Dahlem Arts House). At the Allied Museum we'll hear about how enemies became friends in the 50 years of Allied presence in West Berlin. Numerous documents, photos and artifacts tell the checkered history of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany and the occupation of Berlin. In the afternoon we’ll continue with an exploration of the Kunsthaus Dahlem. Today, the building is a non-profit exhibition space for post-war art. But it started life as the State Studio of the Nazi sculptor Arno Breker. Breker was perhaps the most prolific sculptor of the Third Reich and the studio was built "at the request of the Führer". Artistic director Dr. Dorothea Schöne will give us a unique tour of this significant building, as well as its sculpture garden.

Tempelhof Airport – Now and Then

Guide: Cornelia Schwarte

Explore the myth and hidden corners of what Sir Norman Foster has called "one of the really great buildings of the modern age", and inhale the spirit of Berlin's biggest open green space, the Tempelhofer Feld. Tempelhof Airport is an expression of Nazi ideology, but also a symbol of freedom and Western democracy, due to the central role it played during the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49 when the Western Powers sustained Berlin's then 2.5 million inhabitants with the necessities of life solely with air cargo. We'll start our day discovering the cavernous insides of what was once one of the largest twenty buildings on earth, even seeing the drawings Berlin residents made on the walls of its basement rooms while sheltering from Allied bombing during World War II, as well as the indoor basketball court installed by the US Air Force after the war, and the hangars, some of which have been temporary accommodation for up to 2,500 refugees over the last two years. No longer used as a commercial airport, the building now enjoys protected status. The airfield has been left in its original condition and now forms 300 hectares of unique parkland. After a picnic lunch on the Feld, we will see how gardening cooperatives and other community initiatives have sprung up since the airport's closure, positively impacting surrounding neighbourhoods in present-day Berlin, and learn how developers' plans to build apartments on the airfield were recently thwarted by resident activism.

Cold War Berlin

Guide: Michael Dempsey

After World War II Berlin was transformed from the capital of Nazi Germany into the epicentre of the struggle to control a devastated continent. Berlin became the frontier of the Cold War, where the world's two superpowers faced off. Discover the divided city of Berlin. Retrace the often ghost-like trail of the death strip and the Berlin Wall, discovering some intriguing border fortifications, from guard towers to tank traps. Walk along Bernauer Strasse, the site of many remarkable escape attempts. Learn about successful and failed escapes from East to West Berlin in the face of an East German Border Command that would rather obey the order "shoot to kill" than allow an individual to commit the heinous crime of "flight from the Republic". See some so-called "ghost stations" - underground metro stations that could not be used while the city was divided, and a former Stasi interrogation centre. Gain an insight into what it meant to live in the German Democratic Republic, the eastern bloc’s most heavily policed state, in the decades before the Wall finally came down on that glorious night in November 1989.

Berlin During the Third Reich

Guide: Mike Stack

Berlin was shaped by the Third Reich more than any other German city. Hitler and his personal architect Albert Speer had a grand plan to turn Berlin into the capital of the world - a utopian city called Germania. Although only a fraction of this master plan was realised, a number of significant sites in present-day Berlin still serve as a grim reminder of the National Socialist period. We visit the Lustgarten (Pleasure Garden), where Hitler addressed mass rallies of up to a million people. We then continue to various sites of commemoration, before taking a closer look at the Reichstag's bloody history and transparent future. We trace the route of the Soviet attack towards the final battle for the Reichstag and stop in front of the Soviet Memorial flanked with T-34 Tanks and Red Army Howitzers while we hear about the experiences of those caught up in advance of Soviet forces. See what remains of Hitler's “Thousand-Year Reich”, including Goering's Air Defence Ministry, the Luftwaffe's coordination centre for the Battle of Britain, as well as the site of Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry and the ruins of Himmler’s SS and Gestapo HQ at the Topography of Terror exhibition. Visit the site where Hitler's Reich Chancellery stood and the exact location of the Führer's bunker. Relive Hitler's last days in the bunker culminating in his suicide, and the tortured fate of his remains. Discover the old Bendler Block, the site of Stauffenberg's execution after the failed 20 July 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler, a building which now houses the German Resistance Museum.

Gallery Crawl and Boros Bunker

Guide: Anna Ewa Dyrko

This group will begin by exploring the Scheunenviertel (Barn Quarter) in Berlin Mitte, an area in East Berlin where multiple contemporary galleries have sprung up since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Well-known examples include Eigen+Art and neugerriemschneider, which were among the first and helped to establish the neighbourhood as an artistic hub. An increasing number of private collectors have also established themselves in Berlin since Reunification and some of them now open their vast collections of contemporary art to the public. One particularly noteworthy private collector is the German media entrepreneur Christian Boros, who began acquiring art works when he was just 18. Today, as he approaches 50, his vast collection of contemporary art includes works by Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Wolfgang Tillmans, Elizabeth Peyton and Daniel Pflumm to name just a few. In 2003, to accommodate his ever-expanding collection, Boros bought an enormous bunker in Berlin Mitte built during the Nazi period for the German Imperial Railway and commissioned an extensive renovation of the building. This landmark former air raid shelter now includes his private penthouse constructed on the roof of the original bunker, with five floors of gallery space over 3000 square meters in 80 rooms underneath. In May 2017 the latest presentation of selected works from the Boros collection will be unveiled in a new exhibition, just in time for Knowledge Nomads delegates to visit during the afternoon of this artistic excursion.

Hitler's Olympic Stadium Complex and the Georg Kolbe Museum

Guide: Jana Klee

Many visitors associate Berlin's Olympic Stadium on the western edge of the city primarily with present-day soccer tournaments, or think of it as a concert venue for pop singers and rock stars. In fact, the complex relationship between sport, history and architecture makes the stadium one of Berlin’s most important and fascinating landmarks. Refurbished between 2000 and 2004 when a roof was carefully added, the complex was one of the first large-scale urban projects built by the Nazi regime – which used the 1936 Olympics as a propaganda tool. The stadium is testament to the emphasis Hitler placed on architecture and the seduction and manipulation of the masses. During this tour, you will have access to places normally closed to the general public, such as the VIP lounges and changing rooms. In the afternoon, the group will continue on to the Georg Kolbe Museum. In the early twentieth century, Berlin attracted a large number of modern-thinking artists. The arts were in a state of upheaval - a profitable reciprocal influence was taking place between the most diverse, and old patterns were being discarded. One of those active in this creative environment was the young artist Georg Kolbe (1877–1947), who would soon rise to become the most successful German sculptor of his generation. On the occasion of his 140th birthday, the Georg Kolbe Museum is celebrating his surprisingly diverse opus, which encompasses art, architecture, politics, and dance, with a large-scale exhibition featuring works from its holdings.

Read about each of our guides for the Arts & Culture Day here. All groups will depart with their guides from the foyer of the conference hotel. Travel in and around Berlin will be on public transport. Participants with full week conference tickets will be issued with a public transport ticket as part of registration. Combi-ticket holders will need to buy a day ticket for Berlin public transport. These excursions are not suitable for those with limited mobility, as they involve a great deal of walking. Lunch is included. Delegates are asked to nominate their preferred group at the time of registration. Places will be allocated in the order that registrations are received. Some participants may not be able to be placed in their group of first choice.

VW Day Trip

On Thursday 27 July, we escape Berlin for the day by jumping on Germany's legendary high-speed Inter-City-Express (ICE) train for Wolfsburg, the home of Volkswagen AG, just an hour away. Once off the train at Wolfsburg, we'll walk a few meters across the Midland Canal on the connecting bridge from the station to the Autostadt (literally "Car City"), where we'll first get the lay of the land on an introductory tour of this unique "experience park", which is located adjacent to the original iconic Volkswagen factory.

After our 10am tour of the Autostadt, you'll be free to explore the park at your own pace, and enjoy Cirque Nouveau, the Autostadt Summer Festival. Experience roving street circus performances throughout the day, as well as two different shows by Colombia's National Circus School (Circolombia) on the Harbour Stage. If that's not enough, you can also take in performances by the Australian acrobatics ensemble Gravity & Other Myths on the Garden Stage. And take a moment to have a bounce on the giant Airtramp, balance on a slackline, or impersonate Spiderman on a climbing net as you stroll through the park!

Bring your bathing suit, and pull up a deck-chair on the specially created Cool Summer Island while enjoying a cocktail. Take a solar, pedal or lounge boat out for a whirl around the harbour if you are feeling energetic.

Car enthusiasts will love the Autostadt's Zeithaus museum, with its fantastic collection of (not just VW) cars old and new. In addition, visit the many Autostadt pavilions, each of which showcases a brand in the Volkswagen Group and is a modern architectural delight in itself.

We have pre-booked places so that those not afraid of heights can go up in one of the two fully-automated 48m high Car Towers, in which new VW cars are temporarily stored before being delivered at the adjacent Customer Center to their happy new owners who have travelled especially to Wolfsburg.

A maritime panorama tour is also included in our programme. This is a one-hour boat trip through the canal area which will give you a different perspective on the VW factory, the Autostadt and the surrounding Wolfsburg area.

As an optional add-on, a limited number of participants will be able to test drive a VW Touareg in groups of three on an off-road all-terrain track in a 90-minute special experience - bring your drivers licence!

A highlight of our day in Wolfsburg will be our pre-booked tour of the VW factory complex next door to the Autostadt, which we'll travel to by boat. There you'll see Golfs, Tiguans and Tourans being created from scratch, destined for shipment to the four corners of the globe. In 2016, some 809,000 vehicles rolled off this production line. Founded in 1938, this is the largest manufacturing plant in the world in terms of square footage and it employs over 60,000 people. Part of the site has been classified as Industrial Heritage and is thereby protected.

Participants will be able to enjoy lunch of their choice at one of the many restaurants and eateries in the Autostadt park (not included).

Your open-return train ticket included in your conference registration means that you can return to Berlin when it suits you at the end of the day. There are frequent train connections.

Social & Cultural

Sunday 23 July

For those who arrive in Berlin ahead of our Sunday evening start, we are offering an optional Bike Tour of Berlin's main sights starting mid-morning. Berlin is very flat and ideal for two-wheeled exploration - and the pace is suitable for those of us who sit behind a desk all day! Children are welcome, either riding themselves or as passengers on bike seats/in tag-a-longs pulled by a parent. Helmets will be supplied.

Our formal programme begins at the foot of the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz in the early evening, where well-known Berlin arts critic and editor of the Berliner Zeitung newspaper Nikolaus Bernau will enlighten us on the history of the iconic TV Tower, constructed between 1965 and 1969, and surrounding communist-era architecture. We'll then go inside the TV Tower for a welcome reception on the first floor, followed by dinner upstairs in the revolving restaurant, 207 metres above Berlin.

Monday 24 July

On Monday, we have a full day in the classroom with lunch, finishing at approximately 6pm. In the evening, participants are free to explore Berlin.

Tuesday 25 July

Tuesday is our Arts & Culture Day, and we'll all be out and about in Berlin in small groups with expert guides until mid-afternoon.

In the evening, participants have a choice of two optional show + dinner packages:

  • Blue Man Group at the BlueMax Theatre in Potsdamer Platz with "Musical Menu" dinner beforehand. This fast-moving show is an impressive mix of rock concert atmosphere, first class comedy and fascinating technical effects.
  • The Tap Pack at the TIPI am Kanzleramt (Tepee at the Chancellor's Office). This marquee theatre is an ideal summer venue, a stone's throw away from Angela Merkel's office, and features a lounge, terrace and beer garden with view across to the Chancellery. We'll kick off with a reception in the beer garden, followed by a three-course dinner in the Tepee, drinks included, before seeing a performance by The Tap Pack, five Australian testosterone-packed hunks who furiously sing and dance their way through some crazy choreography to the music classics of several decades.

Wednesday 26 July

After a morning in the classroom followed by lunch, various optional activities are on offer for Wednesday afternoon and evening:

  • Afternoon guided tour followed by reception, dinner and concert in Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace). This baroque and rococo-style palace is the former seat of the Kings of Prussia. It dates from the end of the 17th century and is the largest palace in Berlin, with extensive surrounding grounds. Our optional programme includes a guided tour in English, a champagne reception and three-course candlelight dinner in the Orangerie followed by a concert by the Berliner Residenz Orchester playing highlights from Mozart's operas, with soloists. Transport back to the hotel afterwards will be by chartered bus.
  • Reception, Dinner and Variety Show at the Wintergarten Theatre. Experience a taste of Berlin's fabulous variety theatre scene from the 1920s. The original Wintergarten theatre opened in 1887 and was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1944, but in 1992 a modern version of the venue opened in the same district. Tonight's show is called Sayonara! Tokyo - Geishas! Tamagotchis! Edelweiss!, an extravagant theatre-variety-revue with a Japanese theme. After a drink in the foyer, we will move into the theatre where we'll be seated at tables for a three course dinner, including drinks, before and during the performance.

Thursday 27 July

On Thursday we'll be in Wolfsburg all day for our Volkswagen experience.

Friday 28 July

Our morning on Friday will be taken up with the last of our academic sessions followed by lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon, we are offering a choice of three optional activities before all participants gather in the evening for the closing dinner:

  • Afternoon dancing lessons (suitable for beginners and singles!) at Clärchens Ballhaus (Little Clara's Ballroom) complete with traditional afternoon tea of Apfelstrudel and coffee in the garden. This legendary dance hall in former East Berlin first opened its doors in 1913 but the building is even older, and features an elegantly decaying Spiegelsaal (Room of Mirrors) upstairs.
  • Highlights from the Grand Masters. This optional small-group afternoon tour in English of the Gemäldegalerie (Painting Gallery) will be led by Dr. Henrik Engel, and will feature works by Botticelli, Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Gainsborough and more. The tour will start at 2:30pm, and it is possible to combine this with the later Federal Parliament building tour which starts at 5pm.
  • Afternoon tour of the German Federal Parliament building (Reichstag/Bundestag), starting at 5pm.

Our conference closing dinner will be held in the restaurant on top of the Reichstag/Bundestag Federal Parliament building on Friday evening, next to the world-famous glass dome which sits atop the modernised building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. We will be allowing time before our reception to walk around inside the dome, which can be done with audio guides if required. In order to enter the Parliament building, everyone must bring photo ID/passport with them.




Please use the red registration button on the home page to register.

If you are interested in attending a combination of days and events not specified as a ticket type below, please contact us for a tailor-made offer.


(including VAT)

Delegate (aged 30+)

Acad/Gov/NGO/under 30

Full-time Student

Monday 24 July, Law in the Age of Hyperconnectivity, Full-Day incl. Lunch




Wednesday 26 July, Sharing Economy, Half-day incl. Lunch




Friday 28 July, Dieselgate, Half-day incl. Lunch




Sunday 23 July, Alexanderplatz Tour + TV Tower Drinks/Dinner & Monday 24 July, Full-Day incl. Lunch




Tuesday 25 July, Arts & Culture Day incl. Lunch + Wednesday 26 July, Half-Day, Sharing Economy, incl. Lunch




Thursday 27 July, VW Day Trip to Wolfsburg + Friday 28 July, Half-Day, Dieselgate, incl. Lunch




Monday, Wednesday & Friday Working Sessions only, incl. Lunches






(including VAT)

Full Week Delegate (aged 30+)

Full Price


Early Bird


Full Week Delegate (aged 30+) & Accompanying Adult

Full Price


Early Bird


Full Week Young Lawyer (under 30)*

Full Price


Early Bird


Full Week Young Lawyer (under 30) & Accompanying Adult*

Full Price


Early Bird


Full Week Academic/Gov/Student/Non-Profit/Paralegal*

Full Price


Early Bird


Full Week Academic/Gov/Student/Non-Profit/Paralegal & Accompanying Adult*

Full Price


Early Bird



Tuesday 14 Plus Arts & Culture Day (ages 14-17)


Thursday Child VW Day Trip (ages 0-17)


Sunday Bike Tour


Tuesday Blue Man Dinner & Show


Tuesday Tap Pack @ TIPI Reception, Dinner & Show


Wednesday Charlottenburg Palace Tour, Reception, Dinner, Concert, Bus back to Hotel


Wednesday Wintergarten Theatre Revue, Drinks & Dinner


Friday Afternoon Grand Masters Painting Tour


Friday Afternoon Dance Lessons & Afternoon Tea


Friday Afternoon Bundestag Tour


If you are interested in attending a combination of days and events not specified as a ticket type above, please contact us for a tailor-made offer.

Places for reduced price ticket types denoted with * are limited in number.

Registrants who purchase tickets other than Delegate tickets will be required to show evidence on arrival at the conference that they qualify for the discount ticket they have purchased.

A limited number of complimentary passes to the academic sessions are available for journalists on application.

Knowledge Nomads strives to make its conferences as accessible as possible for lawyers and other professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Please see our financial aid page for further information.

To understand what is included in the price of each ticket, see Good to Know.

Prices are shown in Euros, including German VAT of 19%.

Travel to and from Berlin and accommodation in Berlin are not included in the ticket price. Knowledge Nomads has negotiated special hotel rates with the Radisson Blu and delegates should book directly with the hotel using the link on the Hotel page.

Terms and Conditions. Financial Aid Policy. Information for Families.

Download complete academic programme as pdf.


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