International Arbitration Advanced




Addressed to professionals with sound knowledge of this area and students who have already completed the LL.M. courses in International Commercial Arbitration or Investment Arbitration, this course, which relies on contributions by experienced counsels and arbitrators, tackles specialised problems arising in the practice of international arbitration. In order to propose a wide range of themes, topics will change each year and may include: the extension of arbitration agreements to non-signatories, parallel proceedings, interim measures, applicable law and overriding mandatory provisions, the taking of evidence, confidentiality and privileges, third party-funding, and/or issues raised in international arbitration in specific jurisdictions. 





Andrea Bonomi

Stefano Paolo Catelani

Isabelle Fellrath

Pierre-Yves Gunter

Joachim Knoll

Giacomo Lorenzo

Elza Reymond-Eniaeva

Matthias Scherer



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3 ECTS credits

Each year, the LL.M. Programme in International Business Law opens a handful of courses to the public. One of these courses, "International Arbitration Advanced" is sponsored by the following firms: 

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Our students benefit from excellent contributions by experienced counsels and arbitrators, including (in alphabetical order):

Stefano Paolo Catelani

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Stefano Paolo Catelani is an Italian qualified lawyer. He worked in house as counsel for a major Italian pharmaceutical company for five years, and he subsequently joined the legal department of DuPont de Nemours, a multinational chemical company, where he advised several subsidiaries and various business units in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, worked as a Director of Governmental Affairs (Europe), both in Brussels and in Geneva, and served as General Counsel for the firm's Safety & Construction Business Unit for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. His most recent practice focused on compliance, general corporate and commercial law, and mergers and acquisitions, including divestitures and joint ventures. In addition, he dealt with all aspects of conflicts management and disputes settlement.

Mr. Catelani recently created his own firm, Calimala Legal, in Geneva where he is also active as an Adjunct Professor of International Business Law at Webster University in addition to giving lectures on the same subject at various other universities. He is a former President and a current board member of the Geneva-based Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL) and an active member of several other professional and trade associations, including the European Advisory Board of the New York-based Conflict Prevention and Resolution International Institute.


Isabelle Fellrath 



Dr. Isabelle Fellrath, Attorney at Law, LL.M. and Ph.D. (University of Nottingham), represents parties in domestic and international arbitral proceedings and before state courts, and serves as an arbitrator (accreditation Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Kigali International Arbitration Centre, and General List of Arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Member of the Swiss Swimming Arbitral Tribunal for aquatic sports). She also has particular expertise in environmental and energy laws. Dr. Fellrath regularly publishes in her areas of expertise, which she has been teaching for many years at the Universities of Glasgow and Lausanne as well as at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.



Pierre-Yves Gunter 



Pierre-Yves Gunter is a Founding Partner of Gunter Arbitration and former co-head of the arbitration practice at Bär & Karrer. In 2023, Who's Who Legal ranked as a Thought Leader Arbitration.

He has been acting since 1991 in the field of international commercial arbitration. Pierre-Yves Gunter has extensive experience as Counsel and Arbitrator in the fields of agency, sales, distribution, joint-venture, construction and complex projects, oil & gas, telecommunications and IT, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, real estate, hotel management, commodity and international trade as well as corporate/post M&A. He also regularly acts before state courts for litigation cases.

Mr. Gunter was for several years a Member of the Board of Directors at the SIAC and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA (Section International Law and Practice).


Joachim Knoll 



Joachim Knoll is a partner with LALIVE in Geneva and practices in international arbitration, both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over seventy international arbitral proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) or administered (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, DIAC, AAA/ICDR), in particular in disputes relating to the international sale of goods, distribution and investment disputes in the construction, energy, mining, telecommunications, broadcasting and aviation sectors.

Mr. Knoll features in "The International Who'sWho of Arbitration." He is a former member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution, which administers arbitrations subject to the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. He also acted as co-chair of ASA below 40 (Swiss Arbitration Association) and is a Head Lecturer of the Swiss Arbitration Academy.

Mr. Knoll was designated by the Federal Republic of Germany as conciliator on ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators (effective December 2019). Admitted to the Paris bar, the New York State Bar, and the Geneva bar (foreign lawyer), Joachim has practiced in arbitration since 1999, first in France with Shearman & Sterling in Paris (1999-2006) and then in Switzerland. He studied law at the Universities of Hamburg and Cologne in Germany, and the University of Aix-en-Provence in France. He further holds LL.M. degrees from Boston University (2004) and King's College London (1999).


Giacomo Lorenzo

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Giacomo Lorenzo is currently working as senior legal counsel at Deminor, a leading international litigation funder. With a particular emphasis on the Italian market, he actively contributes to originating, funding, and managing diverse cases in commercial litigation, arbitration, intellectual property disputes, antitrust litigation, corporate law, and post-M&A disputes. Before joining Deminor, Mr. Lorenzo worked as lawyer with the litigation and arbitration department of the leading Italian law firm, Gianni & Origoni.

Mr. Lorenzo has obtained a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from the University of Lausanne, specializing in International Business Disputes. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD focused on the regulation of litigation funding.

Mr. Lorenzo is actively engaged in conferences regarding litigation funding and gives his contribution by regularly publishing articles on the subject


Elza Reymond-Eniaeva 

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Dr. Elza Reymond-Eniaeva is admitted to practice in Switzerland and is registered as an attorney at the Bar of the canton of Vaud. Qualified in both Switzerland and Russia, she completed her academic training at the University of Lausanne with a Ph.D. thesis on Confidentiality of International Commercial Arbitration.

Having practiced international arbitration for ten years in several prominent international law firms (Sidley Austin LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP and Schellenberg Wittmer SA), Dr. Reymond-Eniaeva has acquired solid experience in assisting clients with complex cross-border disputes. In sports law, she advises and assists international federations and athletes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 

Dr. Reymond-Eniaeva regularly advises private clients from around the world and can assist you personally or refer you to a lawyer with the necessary expertise on any Swiss law question. Her main areas of practice are International Commercial Arbitration, Private clients, Immigration law, Sports law, Asset recovery, Real estate law, Family law and Criminal law. She is a member of the Vaud Bar Association and of the Swiss Bar Association.


Matthias Scherer

Matthias Scherer is one of the world’s most experienced arbitration lawyers, with three decades of practice representing parties in complex international disputes. A “Leading Individual” and “a prominent name for investor-state arbitrations”, Legal 500, he has acted as counsel in over 200 arbitrations and ADR proceedings under various arbitration rules (ICC, ICSID, Swiss Rules, LCIA, UNCITRAL, VIAC, CAS, SCC), governed by both civil and common law procedural and substantive laws. In addition, he represents parties in arbitration-related court proceedings, especially in the challenge of commercial and investment treaty arbitral awards before the Swiss Supreme Court. Matthias Scherer is also hailed as one of the “most in demand arbitrators”, in Chamber’s Global, 2023, and is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators, regularly appointed by parties and major arbitral institutions (including the ICC, Swiss Arbitration Centre, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC and Danish Institute of Arbitration).

This "beautiful and interesting experience", in the words of one of these instructors, is an excellent opportunity for our students to interact with practitioners and demonstrate their knowledge and abilities.
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