Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler practices international commercial, investment and sports arbitration. She has acted in over 220 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator. She appears on numerous institutional arbitration panels (including ICC, ICSID, AAA, LCIA, SIAC, CIETAC) and conducts arbitrations under the rules of all major institutions. She is regularly ranked among the top ten arbitrators worldwide; a study of investment arbitration released in 2016 concluded that she was the “most influential arbitrator in the world”.
Gabrielle is also a professor at Geneva University Law School and the founder and director of the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), a joint program of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Geneva Law School. She is further a co-director of the Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). She teaches international arbitration law and heads a number of research projects in this area.
Among other positions, Gabrielle is President elect of ICCA of which she will take over the Presidency in April 2018. She is also Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and was ASA President from 2001 to 2005. She is further a founder of the FIAA and the President of its Advisory Board, and a former member of the ICC Court, LCIA Court, and AAA Board. She was and is a member of the Swiss delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II on transparency, and of Working Group III on the reform of investor-state arbitration, for which she co-authored the CIDS report.
Formerly, Gabrielle was assistant professor (private international law), University of Geneva Law School, (1993-1997); partner of Schellenberg Wittmer (1996-2007), and partner (1985-1995) and associate (1981-1985) of Baker & McKenzie, Geneva and New York. After studies at the University of Geneva (law degree 1974) and a doctorate from the University of Basel (1979), she was admitted to the Geneva Bar (1976) and New York State Bar (1982).
Gabrielle has authored numerous publications in the area of her specialization.
International Arbitration: Law and Practice in Switzerland
Oxford 2015, 672 pages
The Transnationalization of National Contract Law by the International Arbitrator
in: M. Kohen/D. Bentolila (Eds), Liber Amicorum Jean-Michel Jacquet, Paris 2013, pp. 107-120
Arbitral Precedent: Dream, Necessity, or Excuse?
Arbitration International 2007, pp. 357-378Download (pdf)