Our students benefit from excellent contributions by experienced counsels and arbitrators, including (in alphabetical order):
Sandrine Giroud is a partner with LALIVE specializing in domestic and international litigation. She primarily advises and represents clients in complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings, with a focus on fraud litigation and asset recovery, commercial and private client disputes.
Sandrine Giroud has wide experience in the enforcement of foreign judgments, cross-border insolvency proceedings, international legal assistance (civil and criminal matters, including extradition), as well as in public international law including immunity issues and business & human rights. As part of her private client practice, she represents and defends HNWI in contentious trust & estates or inheritance matters, as well as on art-related legal issues. She often represents collectors, art market professionals and museums on dispute resolution and transactional matters. Sandrine Giroud is an officer of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Litigation Committee and is a member of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA), and the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM).
She acts as President of the Human Rights committee of the Geneva Bar Association (ODA), she is also a member of the Board of the Art Law Foundation and of the Foundation council of the Swiss National Museum. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and frequently publishes on matters related to her fields of expertise. Prior to joining LALIVE, Sandrine Giroud worked as a legal adviser at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice in Berne (2006-08).
Alex Layton is a practising English barrister (Queen’s Counsel) based in London and is a specialist in private international law. He has more than 40 years’ experience in cross-border civil litigation over a wide range of commercial and other disputes. In addition to his main practice, he sits part-time as a judge in the Crown Court (criminal cases) and as a deputy judge of the High Court. He has also been admitted ad hoc to the Bars of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands and sits as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations both in the UK and abroad.
Alex has given expert evidence on English and European law for proceedings in Europe, Russia, Canada, Latin America and the United States. He has also lectured on topics of European and international law in Britain, Europe and the United States. Alexander was a Visiting Fellow of New York University's Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law in 2011 and 2018. He is currently a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, teaching private international law and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Journal of Private International Law and Oxford University’s Institute of European and Comparative Law and of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier. He is a formchairman of trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
He is the co-author of European Civil Practice, a major textbook on European jurisdiction and judgments, as well as of numerous book chapters and articles.