Christian Borris studied law at the universities of Giessen and Cologne (Germany). After passing the first State Exam in 1982, he obtained an LL.M. from University of Miami School of Law (1983). In 1986, he completed his doctoral thesis on „International commercial arbitration in the USA" and obtained a doctor's degree from the University of Cologne. He also passed the second State Exam (qualification to hold the office of a judge in the German state courts) in 1986.
Christian Borris started his professional career in 1987 as Legal Assistant to Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, the then President of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague (Netherlands). In 1989, Christian Borris joined the law firm Deringer Tessin Herr- mann & Sedemund in Cologne. Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund merged with the international law firm Freshfields in 2000 to form Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Until his departure in 2014, Christian Borris was a partner in the Cologne office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Together with Rudolf Hennecke and Sebastian Kneisel, he founded the independent dispute resolution boutique Borris Hennecke Kneisel in 2014.