Founding Partner of Lévy Kaufmann - Kohler, Geneva


Current Position

Founding Partner of Lévy Kaufmann‐Kohler, Geneva; Professor, University of Geneva Law School; Director, LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) and Co‐Director of the Center in International Dispute Settlement (CIDS), President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).


Doctorate, University of Basle (1979); Law degrees, University of Basle (1977) and University of Geneva (1974); Member of the Bar, New York and Geneva.

Professional Experience

Professor of international arbitration at Geneva University Law School (since 1997). Previously, assistant professor at Geneva University Law School teaching private international law (1993‐1997). Practicing attorney, partner with Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva (1996‐2007); Partner (1985‐1995) and associate (1981‐1985) with Baker & McKenzie, Geneva and New York.

Arbitration Experience

Regularly ranked among top ten arbitrators worldwide. Focuses primarily on international commercial and investment arbitration. Has handled over 220 international arbitrations, as presiding, sole or party appointed arbitrator, or as counsel. Among other positions, Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and President from 2001 to 2005; former member of the ICC Court, LCIA Court, and AAA Board; Senior Advisory Board of HKIAC’s Tribunal Secretary Accreditation Programme, from 2015;

Member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC);

member of the Swiss delegation to the UNCITRAL Working Group II on transparency in investment arbitration (2010–2013) and to UNCITRAL Working Group III on reform of investor‐state arbitration (from 2017).


Has authored and edited many books and articles in the field of international dispute settlement. Among

recent publications: Gabrielle Kaufmann‐Kohler/Antonio Rigozzi, International Arbitration: Law and

Practice in Switzerland, Oxford University Press, 2015; Gabrielle Kaufmann‐Kohler/Michele Potestá, CIDS

Report for UNCITRAL on reform of investor‐State arbitration, 2016, available

http://www.uncitral.org/pdf/english/CIDS_Research_Paper_Mauritius.pdf; CIDS Supplemental Report for

UNCITRAL on composition of a multilateral investment court and of an appeal mechanism for investment

awards, 2017, available at http://www.uncitral.org/pdf/english/workinggroups/wg_3/CIDS

Supplemental_ Report.pdf


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