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Gabrielle Kaufmann- Kohler

From: CICC         Updated: 2018-08-26



International Arbitrator, Founding Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler (from 2008) Professor Emerita, University of Geneva Law School (from 2018)

President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) (from 2018)


New York State Bar, 1982 Geneva Bar, 1976

Doctorate, University of Basel (summa cum laude; 1979)

Law degrees, University of Basel (1977) and University of Geneva (1974)


Professor, Geneva University (1997- 2018)

Director, Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) (2008-2018) and Co-Director, Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS) (2015-2018), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Geneva University Assistant Professor (private international law), University of Geneva Law School (1993-1997)

Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva (1996-2007)

Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Geneva (1985-1995)

Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Geneva and New York (1981-1985) Counsel, Union Bank of Switzerland, New York branch (1980)


International commercial, investment and sports arbitration.

Handled approximately 220 arbitrations, mostly as arbitrator. Regularly ranked among top ten arbitrators worldwide.


Visiting professor, National University of Singapore (2019); Tsinghua University, Beijing (2019); Georgetown University (2019); Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) (2018)

Teaches classes in international commercial and investment arbitration. Also taught private international law until 2012

Member and convener of the Academic Forum on the Reform of ISDS under the auspices of the CIDS (from 2017)

Past research projects include "Conflicts of norms in international arbitration", "Fundamental and legal theoretical aspects of international arbitration", "Arbitration & … economics,philosophy, sociology", "Transnational arbitration in China", and multidisciplinary research (IT – law) on online dispute resolution Taught general course on international arbitration (2014) and special course on multiple proceedings in international arbitration (2012) at the Paris Academy of International Arbitration


English, French, German, Spanish, reading knowledge of Italian


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