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Michael E. Schneider

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Admission

Munich (Germany), 1970

Geneva (foreign lawyer)

Nationality

German

Languages

German

English, French

Basic: Spanish, Italian, Arabic

 


Biography

Michael E. Schneider is a founding partner of LALIVE. He has practised in international arbitration for more than 40 years as counsel in ad hoc proceedings and under various rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, Swiss Rules, Stockholm Institute, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), European Development Fund, UNCITRAL, and before other international bodies, including the WTO Appellate Body and the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). He has also acted as arbitrator (chair, sole or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions both in Switzerland and abroad.

 

Mr Schneider's main areas of practice are disputes involving States and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, natural resources (in particular oil and gas), pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and investment disputes. He has specific experience in managing large and complex disputes, organising and leading teams of specialists from different fields and different legal and cultural backgrounds.

 

Mr Schneider is the immediate past president of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). At ASA, he developed inter alia the Arbitration Practice Seminar organised annually since 1997 with civil law and common law practitioners. He was vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration until 2014, and has been a member of several of its working groups (1998 and 2012 revisions of the ICC rules, construction, pre-arbitral referee). He chaired the UNCITRAL Working Group II (Arbitration) at its Sessions in New York and Vienna (2006-2010) on the revision of the Arbitration Rules and on the revision of the Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings (2014-2015) and is now Vice-Chair of the Commission. He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and president elect of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

 

Mr Schneider lectures at the University of Fribourg LLM Programme and was Director of Studies at the Centre for Studies and Research at the Hague Academy of International Law (Transnational Arbitration and State Contracts). He studied law and history at the universities of Munich, Bonn and Geneva and completed the 1st and 2nd State examination (capacity to hold office as a judge). He completed his doctoral studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and is a former AIESEC trainee with the Shell Company in Sierra Leone.

 

 

Publications

Construction (Switzerland)Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Samuel Moss, Cédric Lenoir, 2017

In: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in27 jurisdictions worldwide - 2017, Law Business Research Ltd, 2017, pp. 139-143



Internationales Bau- und Anlagengeschäft – vom Vertragsschluss bis zur StreiterledigungMichael E. Schneider, Bernd Ehle, 2015

In: Peter Münch/Nicolas Passadelis/Jens Lehne (Eds.), Handbuch Internationales Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht, Helbing Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2015, pp. 271-310



Construction (Switzerland)Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Samuel Moss, 2015

In: Robert S. Peckar and Michael S. Zicherman (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through: Construction in 26 jurisdictions worldwide – 2015, Law Business Research Ltd, 2015, pp. 120-124



Hommage à Pierre Lalive (1923-2014) : un (trop bref) regard sur la carrière d’un juriste hors normesMichael E. Schneider, Teresa Giovannini, Jean-Paul Vulliéty, 2015

B-Arbitra – Belgian Review of Arbitration, 2015/1, pp. 17-39



The Role of Iraq in the UNCC Process with Special Emphasis on the Environmental ClaimsMichael E. Schneider, 2015

In: Timothy J. Feighery, Christopher S. Gibson, Trevor M. Rajah (Eds.), War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission-Designing Compensation After Conflict, Oxford, 2015, pp. 135-184



The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration – Introductory RemarksMichael E. Schneider, 2015

In: Shaheeza Lalani and Rodrigo Polanco Lazo (Eds.), The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration, BRILL, NIJHOFF, Volume 3, pp. 1-13



Investment Disputes – Moving Beyond ArbitrationMichael E. Schneider, 2014

In: Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Marcello G. Kohen, Jorge E. Viñuales (Eds.), Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement, Brill, 2014, pp. 119-151



Construction (Switzerland)Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Samuel Moss, 2014

In: Robert S Peckar (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in 31 jurisdictions worldwide - 2014, Law Business Research Ltd, 2014, pp. 156-161



Assistance to the Tribunal: Options, Advantages and Dangers Michael E. Schneider, 2013

In: Berndhard Berger & Michael E. Schneider (Eds) Inside the Black Box: How Arbitral Tribunals Operate and Reach Their Decisions, Juris, 2014, ASA Special Series N° 42, pp. 73-76



Welcome Address and Introduction to the Conference Topic Michael E. Schneider, 2013

In: Berndhard Berger & Michael E. Schneider (Eds) Inside the Black Box: How Arbitral Tribunals Operate and Reach Their Decisions, Juris, 2014, ASA Special Series N° 42, pp. 3-5



Commentary on Article 182 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (arbitration procedure)Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2013

In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2013, pp. 1822-1861



Commentary on Article 184 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (taking of evidence in international arbitration) Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2013

In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2013, pp. 1870-1896



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Samuel Moss, 2013

Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2014



Construction (Qatar)Georges Racine, Marcus C. Boeglin, Matthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, 2012

In: David S. Peckard (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2013, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 165-169



Twenty-four Theses about Witness Testimony in International Arbitration and Cross-Examination UnboundMichael E. Schneider, 2011

In: Wirth, Rouvinez, Knoll (Eds.), The Search for "Truth" in Arbitration: Is Finding the Truth What Dispute Resolution Is About? Chapter 5, ASA Special Series No. 35, pp. 63-69



The revision of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: Some observations on the process and the resultsMichael E. Schneider, 2011

Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage 2011-4, pp. 1-35



Non-Monetary Relief in International Arbitration: Principles and Arbitration PracticeMichael E. Schneider, Joachim Knoll, 2011

In: Juris, New York / ASA, Switzerland (Eds.), ASA Performance as a Remedy, Chapter 1, ASA Special Series No. 30, pp. 3-48



The Essential Guidelines for the Preparation of Guidelines, Directives, Notes, Protocols and other Methods Intended to Help International Arbitration Practitioners to Avoid the Need for Independent Thinking and to Promote the Transformation of Errors into "Best Practices" Michael E. Schneider, 2011

In: Liber Amicorum en l'honneur de Serge Lazareff, sous la direction de Laurent Lévy et Yves Derain, 2011, Editions A. Pedone, pp. 563-567



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Samuel Moss, Nathalie Subilia, 2010

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2011 in 35 jurisdictions worldwide, 2010, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 178-183



Court considers owner's right to substitute contractorsMichael E. Schneider, Nathalie Subilia, 2009

International Law Office, 2009, Newsletter



Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns – Switzerland Michael E. Schneider, Joachim Knoll, 2009

In: Doak Bishop (Ed.), Enforcement of Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns, Juris Publishing, 2009



QatarMarcus C. Boeglin, Michael E. Schneider, 2009

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2010 in 34 jurisdictions worldwide, 2009, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 128-132



SwitzerlandMatthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, Nathalie Subilia, 2009

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2010 in 34 jurisdictions worldwide, 2009, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 161-165



The Paper Tsunami in International Arbitration Problems, Risks for the Arbitrators’ Decision Making And Possible Solutions Michael E. Schneider, 2009

In: Teresa Giovannini and Alexis Mourre (Eds.), Written Evidence and Discovery in International Arbitration New Issues and Tendencies, 2009, Editions Dossiers ICC Institute of World Business Law, Chapter 9, pp. 365-371



A civil law perspective: Forget e-discoveryMichael E. Schneider, 2008

In: David J. Howell (Ed.), Electronic disclosure in international arbitration, JurisNet, LLC, New York, 2008, pp. 13-37



Public Procurement in Construction Projects: Issues for Foreign Contractors Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, November 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Combining Swiss arbitration with English enforcement - A powerful toolMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, 2007

Chambers Client Report, 2007, Issue 22, p. 39



International construction contracts under Swiss law: An introductionMatthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, 2007

Construction Law Journal, 2007, Vol. 23, No. 8, pp. 559-569



SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2008 in 21 jurisdictions worldwide, 2007, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 106-112



International construction contracts under Swiss law: An outlineMatthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, 2006

International Law Office, 2006, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com



Incorporated Joint Ventures Model AgreementJean-Paul Vulliéty, Michael E. Schneider, 2005

Publié sous les auspices du Centre du commerce international (OMC/CNUCED), Geneva, 2005



An analysis of international construction contracts: SwitzerlandMichael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2005

In: Knutson (Ed.), FIDIC - An Analysis of International Construction Contracts, Kluwer Law, The Hague, 2005, pp. 313-342



ITC incorporated joint venture model agreementsMichael E. Schneider, Hewitt Ian, Olsburgh Carolyn, Rabab Yasseen, 2005

Geneva, ITC Trade Law Series, UNCTAD/WTO, 2005, 129 pages, ISBN 92-9137-302-8



ITC contractual joint venture model agreementsMichael E. Schneider, Carolyn Olsburgh, Yasseen Rabab, 2004

(in collaboration with Dr. Arthur E. Appleton, Luigi Capucci, Dr. Philippe Gilliéron, Christophe Léchaud and Jonathan Curci Staffler) Geneva, ITC Trade Law Series, UNCTAD/WTO, Geneva, 2004, 107 pages, ISBN 92-9137-266-8



How fair and efficient is the UNCC system? A model to emulate?Michael E. Schneider, 1998

Journal of International Arbitration, 1998, Vol. 15, pp. 15-26



Towards more cost-effective arbitrationMichael E. Schneider, David Lord Hacking, 1998

IBA Arbitration and ADR, 1998, Vol. 3, pp. 26-33



Dispute resolution in international electronic commerceMichael E. Schneider, 1997

(in collaboration with Christopher Kuner) Journal of International Arbitration, 1997, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 5-37



Combining arbitration and conciliationMichael E. Schneider, 1996

Report at the Seoul Conference of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, ICCA Congress Series, No. 8, 1996, pp. 57-99



Streitbeilegung auf dem Information Highway - Problematik und LösungsansätzeMichael E. Schneider, 1996

In: Reto M. Hilty(Ed.), Information Highway, Stämpfli, Bern, 1996, pp. 625-660



Arbitration of construction disputesMichael E. Schneider, 1995

Contracts and Dispute Settlement in Civil Engineering and Construction of Plants, 1995, Vol. 4, pp. 187-244



Lean arbitration: Cost control and efficiency through progressive identification of issues and separate pricing of arbitration servicesMichael E. Schneider, 1994

Arbitration International, 1994, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 119-140



Major construction casesMichael E. Schneider, 1994

In: Scott (Ed.), The Reform of Commercial Arbitration Procedures, London, LCIA, 1994, pp. 157-181



International organizations and private persons: The case for a direct application of international lawMichael E. Schneider, 1993

In: Dominice/Patry/Reymond (Eds.), Etudes de Droit international en l'honneur de Pierre Lalive, Basle, Helbing & Lichtenhahn, 1993, pp. 345-358



Mastering the interfaces - Construction contracts drafting for dispute avoidanceMichael E. Schneider, 1993

The International Construction Law Review, 1993, Vol. 10, pp. 403-424



Technical experts in international arbitration, introductory comments to the materials from arbitration practiceMichael E. Schneider, 1993

ASA Bull. 3/1993, Vol. 11, pp. 446-465



Multi-fora disputesMichael E. Schneider, 1990

Arbitration International, 1990, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 101-121



The new Swiss law on international arbitrationMichael E. Schneider, 1989

(in collaboration with Paolo Michele Patocchi) Arbitration, the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 1989, Vol. 55, pp. 268-280



Turnkey contracts - Concepts, liabilities, claimsMichael E. Schneider, 1986

The International Construction Law Review, 1986, Vol. 3, pp. 338-359



Academic Positions

Lecturer

Fribourg University School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cross-Cultural Business Practice

International Construction Contracts (including dispute resolution) / International Joint Ventures

For more information, see the course outline (International Construction Contracts) and course outline (International Joint Ventures).

2011-


Director of Studies

Center for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations at The Hague Academy of International Law

1987


Consultant

Geneva Law School and Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

1987


Conferences

Selection of recent conferences (for a complete list, please contact Michael Schneider):

Columbia University NY – Columbia Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Where public meets private: International law and the dynamic interpretation of treaties in the context of the draft UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency
New York, 5 February 2013
Speaker: The provisions of the Standard concerning its scope of application


Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)Inside the black box: How arbitral tribunals operate and reach their decisions
Zurich, 1 February 2013
Moderator: Assistance to the Tribunal: options, advantages and dangers

For more information, see the programme.



Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus / International University “MITSO” / UNCTAD / UNCITRAL / ICSIDInvestment Dispute Settlement Workshop
Minks, Belarus, 19-20 November 2012
Speaker (with J Salasky): Trends in investment arbitration / A brief overview on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules / The project of developing rules on transparency in treaty-based investor-State arbitration


Global Arbitration Review3rd Annual GAR LIVE London
London, 8 November 2012
Co-chair: How to make International Arbitration work better?

For more information see the programme.



Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA)Swedish Arbitration Days: The Challenge of Taking Evidence in International Arbitration
Stockholm, 13-14 September 2012
Moderator: Witnesses of Fact

For more information, please see the programme.



American Bar Association (ABA) – Section of International Law – Dispute Resolution/LitigationSpring Meeting 2012
New York, 17–21 April 2012
Speaker: Ethics Guidelines for International Arbitration: Room for Debate


United Nations commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber VIACVIAC - UNCITRAL 2012 Conference
Vienna, 29–30 March 2012
Speaker: Travaux préparatoires, enactments and case law on interim Measures and preliminary orders
Chair of Session/Moderator: Issues regarding the role of arbitral institutions acting under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

For more information, see the programme.



University of Oslo - Faculty of Law - APA project (Arbitration and Party Autonomy)The impact of the applicable law on the interpretation of contracts - Arbitration and the not unlimited party autonomy
Oslo, 21- 22 November 2011
Panellist: Does international arbitration assume that contracts are written on their own terms or as an interplay with the applicable law? - Panellist: Impact of intellectual property rules and of the arbitrability on the enforceability of arbitral awards

For more information, see the programme.



Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)The Costs of International Arbitration Conference
London, 27- 28 September 2011
Speaker/Moderator: Evidence - how costs can be reduced

For more information, see the programme.



International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)6th Annual ICC New York Conference: the new ICC Rules of Arbitration
New York, 19-20 September 2011
Speaker: General Provisions

For more information see the programme and the new ICC Rules of Arbitration.



Arbitration Academy International Arbitration Special Summer Course 2011
Paris, 18-22 July 2011
Lecturer: Evidence and the Use of Experts in International Arbitration

For more information see the website of Arbitration Academy. 



Fordham University New York6th Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation
New York, 14-15 June 2011
Speaker: The New Rules of International Arbitration: Practical and Analytical Issues: The 2010 Revised UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

For more information see the programme.



Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC)UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2010
Istanbul, 31 May 2011
Speaker: Introductory Rules and Composition of the Arbitral Tribunal (Arts 1-16)


International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC)VIAC-UNCITRAL 2011 Conference
Vienna, 14-15 April 2011
Speaker: Transparency in investment arbitration: Questions regarding the content of a legal standard on transparency; Legal theory of international arbitration: The revised UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in practice

For more information see the programme.



Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)DIAC 4th Arbitration Dialogue
Paris, 16 November 2010
Member of the DIAC Executive Committee and moderator

For more information see the programme.



International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)Arbitral Awards
Dubai, 19-20 October 2010
Speaker: Arbitral case-law

For further information see the programme.



American Bar Association (ABA) / New York City BarFrom Revisions to Reform? Roundtable Discussion on Revising the 1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules to Meet New Demands
New York, 3 February 2010
Speaker as Chairman of the UNCITRAL Working Group


International Bar Association (IBA) - SERIL - International construction projects committeeTime and acceleration issues affecting international construction contracts
Madrid, 7 October 2009
Speaker: Delay in civil law

See the presentation of M. E. Schneider



Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva GroupL’arbitrage international au bord du Léman: hier, aujourd’hui, demain
Geneva, 8 May 2009
Speaker: L’évolution de l’arbitrage en général depuis une trentaine d’années

For further information see the programme.



Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)The Search for the
Zurich, 6 February 2009
Speaker: Cross-examination – How helpful is it for finding the “Truth”?

For further information, see Mr. Schneider's conference paper and the programme.



Geneva Bar Association (Foreign Lawyers’ Section)Anti-Money Laundering Regulations and Legal Practice
Geneva, 19 November 2008
Co-organizer and Chair

The relevant conference materials are available from here.



International Bar Association (IBA)International Construction Projects (ICP) Committee annual conference
Buenos Aires, 12-17 October 2008
Speaker: Termination of construction contracts and completion of the works by replacement contractors & Report of the ICP session on Adopted Projects on recent developments in the Swiss Alptransit Project


13th Geneva Global Arbitration ForumThe Rise of international arbitration in the Gulf States
Geneva, 5-6 December 2007
Speaker: Adapting the legal environment in The United Arab Emirates: acceding to the New York Convention; adopting a modern arbitration law; informing State Court Judges

For more information, see the programme.



Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC), Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME)The Revision and Modernization of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
Istanbul, 30 November 2007
Speaker: Revision of Section III of the Regulation on the arbitration


ICDR Young and International ConferenceHow to Tailor Arbitrations to Fit the Individual Case
Paris, 17 November 2007
Speaker: Thinking outside the box


Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Dubai Chamber of Commerce and IndustryDispute Resolution in International Oil and Gas Contracts
Dubai, 13-14 November 2006
Chair

For more information, see the programme or the website of the Dubai Arbitration Centre.



International Bar Association (IBA)Annual Conference
Prague, 25-30 September 2005
Speaker: Use of independent experts in arbitration

For more information, see the programme.



Recommendations

A "highly respected international arbitration practitioner" with expertise in energy disputes, construction and price review arbitrations, as well as investor-state disputes.  "He is a real star and one of the smartest lawyers in the market."
Chambers Global, Arbitration, Global-wide, 2016


Michael Schneider "is the most formidable Swiss practitioner, with great experience and real stature."  "He has a lot of charisma and is an impressive advocate."
Chambers Global, Arbitration (International)  Europe-wide (Band 1), 2016


"He's extremely hard-working, thorough and responds as things arise and develop during hearings."
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel Switzerland (Band 1), 2016


Michael Schneider “is one of the biggest names in the business,” he is “effortlessly intelligent” and “supremely efficient”.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2016


The “outstanding” Michael Schneider is a founding partner of the firm, and with more than 40 years of experience in this field he is considered to be “one of the forefathers of arbitration in Switzerland.”
Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016


"One of the leading names in arbitration," Michael E. Schneider is a distinguished arbitrator based in Geneva who regularly presides over multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is also praised by clients for "offering absolute pragmatism in his approach."
Chambers Global, Arbitration (International) Most In Demand Arbitrators (Band 1), Europe-wide, 2015


"An expert, offering absolute pragmatism in his approach. He is so well known, it is difficult to add to his prestige."
Chambers Global, Arbitration (International) Arbitrators (Band 1), Europe-wide, 2015


Lauded as ‘first-class’ and ‘one of the titans in this field’. ‘A tireless and extremely dedicated’ practitioner.
‘He is incredibly experienced in international arbitration, and is a sharp and pragmatic lawyer’. He has advised on numerous multibillion-dollar disputes involving parties from a range of industries, such as gas price reviews, and cases concerning telecommunications and construction.
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2014


‘Extremely thoughtful’ and ‘encyclopaedic in matters of arbitration’.
The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2014


 Among 25 most highly regarded individuals.
The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2014 and 2013


‘Michael Schneider has ‘the perfect combination of great experience, maximum pragmatism and deep knowledge’’.
Legal 500, Lalive, 2013


‘Arguably the best lawyer in the field of arbitration’.
Legal 500, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2012


‘Simply extraordinary’.
Legal 500, Switzerland, 2011


‘Michael Schneider, who is praised for ‘his excellent strategic foresight’’.
Legal 500, Switzerland, 2010


‘Extremely sharp, tenacious and diplomatic’. Michael Schneider has an excellent reputation as an arbitrator and counsel. Sources say, ‘Even though he’s really busy, he always has time to speak to his clients’’.
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2013


‘He is a brilliant mind and an amazing counsel’.
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2012