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Click here to enlarge.   Sébastien BESSON IAI Member   
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler
3-5 rue du Conseil-Général
P.O. Box 552
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland
Tel: +41.22.809.6200 (Office)
Fax: +41.22.809.6201
Sebastien.Besson@lk-k.com
http://www.lk-k.com

 
 
Languages   French (native); English (fluent)
   
Nationality   Switzerland
   
Bar Admission   Vaud - 1999
Geneva - 2000
   
Education   Columbia University (LLM - 2000); University of Lausanne (Law degree - 1993; PhD - 1997)
   
Academic  
Position  
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Neuchâtel; Lecturer - Geneva Master in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS)
   
Experience  
as Arbitrator  
Chair, sole arbitrator or member of the tribunal in international and domestic arbitration proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under the Rules of the ICC and the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration
   
Experience  
as Counsel  
Numerous international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under the Rules of the ICC, Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), ICSID and Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS)(mostly distribution and licensing, construction, sports related disputes, sales, joint ventures, agency and general contractual matters)
   
Publications  
Relating to  
Arbitration  
• Comparative Law of International Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell, 2007) (with J.F. Poudret)

• Droit comparé de l'arbitrage international [Comparative Law of International Arbitration] (Schulthess/Bruylant, 2002) (with J.F. Poudret)

• Arbitrage international et mesures provisoires - Etude de droit comparé [International Arbitration and Provisional Measures] (Schulthess, 1998)

• Co-editor, New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration (Schulthess, yearly volume, as from 2014) (with C. Müller and A. Rigozzi)

Numerous articles on arbitration law and international civil procedure, including:

• "La portée internationale des 'jugements sur sentence'," in International Arbitration and the Rule of Law – Contribution and Conformity, ICCA Congress Series No. 19 675 (A. Menaker ed., Kluwer, 2017)

• "L'interprétation du contrat et l'arbitrage, à la lumière de la réforme du droit français des obligations," 2017(1) Rev. Arb. 115 (with C. Dupeyron)

• "La portée internationale des 'jugements sur sentence'," in International Arbitration and the Rule of Law – Contribution and Conformity, ICCA Congress Series No. 19 675 (A. Menaker ed., Kluwer, 2017)

• "Evolution of Case Law in International Arbitration," in The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration 47 (S. Brekoulakis, J. Lew, L. Mistelis eds., Kluwer, 2016)

• "Good (and Bad) Initiatives of Arbitrators – Where to Draw the Line Between Activism and Passivity?" in Defining Issues in International Arbitration – Celebrating 100 years of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration 222 (J.C. Betancourt ed., Kluwer, 2016)

• "Confidential and Restricted Data: Impact on Burden of Proof?" in Confidential and Restricted Access Information in International Arbitration 45 (E. Geisinger ed., ASA Special Series No. 43, Juris, 2016)

• "Anti-Suit Injuctions by ICC Emergency Arbitrators," in International Arbitration Under Review - Essays in Honour of John Beechey 69 (A. Carlevaris, L. Levy, A. Mourre, E.A. Schwartz eds., ICC Pub. No. 772E, 2015)

• "Corruption and Arbitration, Impact of Criminal Investigations," in Addressing Issues of Corruption in Commercial and Investment Arbitration” Dossiers ICC Institute of World Business Law 103 (D. Baizeau, R. Kreindler eds., ICC Pub. No. 768E, 2015)

• "Sports Arbitration: Which Lessons for Employment Disputes?," in Sports Arbitration – A Coach for Other Players? 159 (E. Geisinger/E. Trabaldo de Mestral eds., ASA Special Series No. 41, Juris, 2015)

• "Les mesures provisoires et conservatoires dans la pratique arbitrale – Notion, types de mesures, conditions d’octroi et responsabilité en cas de mesures injustifiées," in L'arbitre International et l'urgence 37 (Bruylant, 2014)

• "Salient Features and Amenities of Chapter 12 PILS," in Arbitration Switzerland – The Practitioner’s Guide 27 (M. Arroyo ed., Kluwer, 2013)

• "Switzerland," in Arbitration of M&A Transactions – A Global Guide 231 (E. Poulton ed., Globe, 2013) (with N. Lauber-Thommesen and D. Greineder)

• "Is There a Real Need for Transcending National Legal Order in International Arbitration? Some Reflections Concerning Abusive Interference from the Courts at the Seat of the Arbitration, in International Arbitration, The Coming of a New Age?" 378 (ICCA Congress Series No. 17, Kluwer, 2013)

• "Conventions d'arbitrage pathologiques : la volonté d'arbitrer peut-elle tout guérir ?," in L'éclectique juridique, Recueil d'articles en l'honneur de Jacques Python 201 (Schulthess, 2011) (with J. Xoudis)

• "Les rapports entre l'arbitrage et le Règlement No 44/2001," in La révision du Règlement 44/2001 (Bruxelles I), Quelles conséquences pour la Convention de Lugano? 143 (A. Bonomi, C. Schmid eds, Schulthess, 2011)

• "Piercing the corporate veil: back on the right track," in Multiparty Arbitration 147 (B. Hanotiau, E. Schwartz eds, ICC Pub. No. 701E, 2010)

• L'arbitrage interne et international en Suisse : le nouveau CPC à l'aune du Concordat et du Chapitre 12 de la LDIP [Domestic and international arbitration in Switzerland, the new law on civil procedure from the perspective of the Swiss concordat and Chapt 12 SPIL] in Arbitrage Interne et International, Actes du Colloque de Lausanne du 2 octobre 2009, 15 (D. Bochaday, A. Bonomi eds., Genève Droz, 2010)

• "Les mesures provisoires et conservatoires dans la pratique arbitrale – notion, types de mesures, conditions d'octroi et responasabilité en cas de mesures injustifiées," in l'Arbitre International et l'Urgence, 37 (Bruylant, 2014)

• "Extension de la convention d’arbitrage et élargissement de la procédure arbitrale à des tiers selon la jurisprudence du Tribunal fédéral suisse," Note following the Dec. 5, 2008 decision of the Swiss Fed. Trib., 2010(3) Paris J. Int’l Arb. 833

• "Nature et efficacité des décisions prises par l’arbitre en cours de procédure au sujet des frais de l’arbitrage [Nature and effectiveness of cost decisions made by arbitrators during the arbitration]," in Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur François Dessemontet 297 (2008) (with J.F. Poudret)

• "Note on an Award rendrered under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration [Validity of a clause providing for 'Arbitration in Switzerland]," 25(4) ASA Bull. 769 (2007)

• "The Relationship between Court and Arbitral Jurisdiction: the Impact of the new Art. 186 (1bis) PILS," in New Developments in International Commercial Arbitration 2007, at 57 (Ch. Müller ed., Schulthess, 2007)

• "Le recours contre la sentence arbitrale internationale selon la nouvelle LTF (aspects procéduraux)," 25(1) ASA Bull. 2 (2007)

• "Arbitration and Human Rights," 24(3) ASA Bull. 395 (2006)

• "Suisse: Etendue du contrôle par le juge d'une exception d'arbitrage: renonciation aux recours contre la sentence arbitrale: deux questions choisies de droit suisse de l'arbitrage international," 2005(4) Rev. arb. 1071

• "L'efficacité de la clause "arbitrage en Suisse" et de la clause blanche [The effectiveness of the Clause "Arbitration in Switzerland" and of the Arbitration Agreement with no indication as to the Seat of Arbitration]," in Liber Amicorum Claude Reymond - Autour de l'arbitrage 11 (2004)

• "Réflexions sur la jurisprudence suisse récente rendue en matière d'arbitrage international [Reflections on the recent case-law of the Swiss Supreme Court in the field of international arbitration], 2003 ASA Bull. 463

• "The Utility of State Laws Regulating International Commercial Arbitration and Their Compatibility with the FAA," 11 Am. Rev. Int'l Arb. 211 (2000)

• "Du nouveau sur la reconnaissance aux Etats-Unis d’une sentence annulée à l’étranger [New Developments regarding Recognition in the United States of an Award annulled in a Foreign Country]," 2000 ASA Bull. 60

• "Le statut au sein de l'Espace judiciaire européen d'un jugement écartant une exception d'arbitrage et statuant sur le fond [The Status under the Brussels and Lugano Conventions of a Judgment disregarding an Arbitral Convention and deciding the Case on the Merit]," in Mélanges de procédure et d’arbitrage en l’honneur de Jean-François Poudret 329 (1999)

• "Une exception d'arbitrage peut-elle être invoquée en procédure de mainlevée provisoire ? [Can an Arbitration Agreement be Invoked in a Summary Procedure ("mainlevée provisoire")?]," 17(1) ASA Bull.(1999) at 2

• "La reconnaissance à l'étranger d'une sentence annulée dans son Etat d'origine – Réflexions à la suite de l'affaire Hilmarton [Recognition and Enforcement in a Foreign State of an Award annulled in its Country of Origin – Reflections after the Hilmarton Case]," 16(3) ASA Bull. 1998 at 498 (with L. Pittet)

• "Note on the Swiss Federal Tribunal decision in Komplex v/Voest-Alpine Stahl," 12(2) ASA Bull.(1994) at 230
   
Other  
Connections  
with France  
Comité français de l’arbitrage (CFA), Member
Club des Juristes, Member of the Commission on the liability of arbitrators
   

 
   
 
 
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