Our Speakers

We are proud to welcome the following speakers within the framework of our academic programme.

Introduction to arbitration & interactive mock competition workshop on arbitration : Mr. Elliott Geisinger  and Ms. Elena Trabaldo-de Mestral (Schellenberg Wittmer  Ltd., Attorneys at Law)

Mr. Elliott Geisinger (Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd.), Switzerland, Geneva


Mr. Elliott Geisinger is a Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. He heads the International Arbitration Group. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous complex commercial disputes and has as well regularly represented clients in arbitration-related court proceedings. He was elected to the executive board of the Swiss Arbitration Association in 2007, becoming Vice-President in 2010, and President since 2014. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of FIAA (Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy). He has authored and co-edited several publications in the fields of international arbitration and private international law. Mr. Geisinger holds a law degree and a D.E.S en droit (LL.M) from the University of Geneva. [Back to the top]

Ms. Alexandra Johnson (Bär & Karrer), Switzerland, Geneva

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Alexandra Johnson is a partner at Bär & Karrer Ltd. with over 15 years of experience in international arbitration. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional. Moreover, Alexandra Johnson frequently advises clients on Swiss contract law and represents parties in enforcement or setting aside proceedings before Swiss cantonal courts and before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Alexandra Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the Law School of Neuchâtel University and holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar). She is admitted to the Geneva and New York bars.[Back to the top]

Dr. Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira (Bär & Karrer), Switzerland, Geneva

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Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira is a Senior Associate with Bär & Karrer Ltd. and specializes in international arbitration. She represents corporate entities and governments before arbitral tribunals in both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira has also acted as legal expert on economic sanctions and as official secretary to arbitral tribunals in various arbitration proceedings. She regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration, international trade, contracts, economic sanctions, and mediation. Mercédeh Azeredo da Silveira holds a Ph.D. from University of Geneva Law School, an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law and is admitted to the Geneva and Paris Bars.[Back to the top]

Workshops on commercial arbitration:  Dr. Niklaus Zaugg (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.).

Dr. Niklaus Zaugg (CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.), Switzerland, Zurich


Niklaus Zaugg is a member of the CMS dispute resolution team. He has engaged in various international and domestic arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator, and secretary to the arbitral tribunal. Most arbitrations he was involved in related to construction projects, supply agreements, and post M&A disputes. He has also repeatedly published and lectured in the area of international arbitration. Niklaus Zaugg has graduated from the Universities of Geneva and Zurich in 2003. In 2006, he was admitted to the bar and passed the Concours Diplomatique of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. He further holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Sydney Law School, obtained in 2011. In 2014, Niklaus Zaugg’s doctoral thesis on the effects of interim and partial arbitral awards was approved by the University of Lucerne. [Back to the top]

Arbitration institutions and rules: Prof. Dr. h.c. Pierre Tercier

Prof. Dr. h.c. Pierre Tercier, Switzerland, Fribourg


Professor Pierre Tercier is Honorary Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is a Member of the Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration . He is highly respected in the international legal and business community as an arbitrator, lecturer and author and has been president, sole arbitrator or member of tribunals in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings (both commercial and investment). Professor Tercier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. [Back to the top]

Tour and introduction to CCIG (Geneva Chamber of Commerce): Ms. Valériane Oreamuno

Ms. Valériane Oreamuno, Switzerland, Geneva

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Valériane Oreamuno heads the Secretariat of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (“SCAI”) in Geneva, which main tasks are to administer arbitration cases conducted under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and mediation cases submitted under the Swiss Rules of Commercial Mediation. Prior to joining SCAI, Valériane practiced as an arbitration lawyer for over 6 years in the international arbitration groups of major international law firms in Paris and in Geneva. She gained experience both as counsel and as secretary to arbitral tribunals, working both on international commercial and investment arbitration cases conducted under various arbitration rules, and concerning disputes arising in a variety of industries. Having also worked as a legal counsel to the trade mission of the French embassy in Mexico, Valériane has a good understanding of multilateral trade issues. Valériane speaks fluently English, French and Spanish. [Back to the top]

Investment Arbitration:
 Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler)

Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler), Switzerland, Geneva

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is a professor at Geneva University Law School, the founder and director of the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) as well as co-director of the Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). Among other positions, Gabrielle is the President-elect of ICCA, an Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) over which she presided from 2001 to 2005.

Gabrielle practices in international commercial, investment and sports arbitration. She acted in over 200 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator. She is regularly ranked among the top arbitrators worldwide; a study of investment arbitration released in 2016 concluded that she was the “most influential arbitrator in the world”.

Gabrielle studied at the University of Geneva (law degree 1974) and holds a doctorate from the University of Basle (1979). She is admitted to the Geneva Bar (1976) and New York State Bar (1982).

Sports Arbitration: Mr. Alex McLin (ASA)

Alex McLin is the Executive Director the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), which has more than 1200 members. He is responsible for leading the Association’s operations as well as the overall development of its activities. Alex holds a variety of roles in international sport, among others he is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He has also sat as arbitrator for commercial matters in ICC  (International Chamber of Commerce) proceedings. Alex holds a JD from the Duke University School of Law and is a member of the New York Bar. He speaks French, English, Spanish and German.[Back to the top]

Workshops on arbitral procedures: Mr. David Roney (Sidley Austin LLP), Ms. Dominique Brown-Berset and Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa (Orrick)

Mr. David Roney (Sidley Austin LLP), Switzerland, Geneva


Mr. David Roney is a Partner with Sidley Austin LLP’s International Arbitration Practice. Based in Geneva, he has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of international arbitrations around the world. Mr. Roney is a Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), Co-Chair of the ICC Commission’s Task Force on the New York Convention, and a Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution and the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Center. He holds a BA from Queen’s University and a JD from the University of Toronto.[Back to the top]

Ms. Dominique Brown-Berset (Brown&Page), Switzerland, Geneva


Ms. Dominique Brown-Berset is a Partner at Brown&Page, a Geneva law firm specializing in dispute resolution. She practices mainly in the field of international arbitration and business transactions. Ms. Brown-Berset holds law degrees from Lausanne University Law School, Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and Harvard Law School. She is a former co-chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association and former International Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is currently President of the Executive Board of ArbitralWomen. [Back to the top]

Mrs. Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP), Switzerland, Geneva


Vanessa A. Liborio Garrido de Sousa is a Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a member of the International Arbitration practice group. Her practice focuses on complex, high-value disputes involving major infrastructure construction projects, consortia and joint venture agreements, sales of goods, collateral management agreements, insurance coverage, aviation and consultancy agreements. Mrs. Liborio Garrido de Sousa has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and other international fora and subject to a variety of procedural and substantive laws (including English, French, New York and Swiss law). She has also represented parties in setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, and has acted as an arbitrator in arbitral proceedings. Prior to joining Orrick, Mrs. Liborio Garrido de Sousa practiced for Swiss and international firms based in Geneva and Miami. [Back to the top]


Panel on careers in arbitration: Dr. Bernd Ehle (LALIVE)

Dr. Bernd Ehle (LALIVE), Switzerland, Geneva


Dr. Bernd Ehle is a Partner specialised in international arbitration at LALIVE. He acts as co-chair of the Geneva Group of ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association). He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg in Germany, and at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI) in Switzerland. Bernd Ehle holds an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, USA (2000), and a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2001).[Back to the top]




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