Michael E Schneider

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Practice Areas

International commercial and investment arbitration, involving States and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, natural resources (in particular oil and gas), pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.


A founding partner of LALIVE. Practised in international arbitration for more than 40 years as counsel in ad hoc proceedings and under various rules (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, Swiss Rules, Stockholm Institute, CRCICA, DIAC, European Development Fund, UNCITRAL), and before other international bodies (WTO Appellate Body and the UNCC). Arbitrator (chair, sole or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions both in Switzerland and abroad.

Professional Memberships

Honorary President of ASA. Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration until 2014 and member of several working groups (1998, 2012 revisions of the ICC Arbitration Rules, construction, pre-arbitral referee). Past chairman of the UNCITRAL Working Group II at its sessions in New York and Vienna (2006-2010) on the revision of the Arbitration Rules and of the Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings (2014-2015) and past Vice-Chair of the Commission. Board of Trustees of the CRCICA and immediate past President of the IACL.


Numerous publications on arbitration and other forms of dispute settlement, international contracts and Public International law.


Languages: English, French and German; basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Arabic.