Bernd Ehle

Partner, Geneva

+41 58 105 2000

Bernd Ehle

Bernd specialises in international arbitration, with extensive experience as both counsel and arbitrator in over 100 high-stakes disputes conducted under various arbitration rules and governed by civil and common law. His experience includes serving on dispute adjudication boards.

Bernd advises and represents clients in complex disputes, with a focus on large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, intricate joint venture agreements, M&A transactions and sales and distribution contracts. He is committed to dispute resolution and related capacity building, in particular in Africa, to which a significant portion of his work is related.

Recognised as a “leading light in the next generation of international arbitration practitioners in Switzerland”, Who’s Who Legal Global Leaders, Arbitration, 2022, Bernd also assists and represents clients in the enforcement of arbitral awards and other arbitration-related proceedings before state courts.


Ranked Band 2
Chambers Global Arbitration Counsel, 2023

“Bernd is held in high esteem by peers who say he is ‘particularly skilled and experienced in construction arbitration’”.
Who’s Who Legal National Leaders, Arbitration, 2023

“A great arbitrator who knows his stuff.”
Who’s Who Legal Global Leaders, Arbitration, 2021

Recent publications

Expanding the Toolbox: Expert Determination as a Mechanism for Resolving Construction Disputes in Africa
In: Africa Construction Law (ACL) Blog, 26 July 2023

Mitigating the costs of potential disputes in Africa through third-party funding
In: SABC Member Legal Insights Newsletter, 2023

Better safe than sorry: risk management and dispute avoidance through efficient contractor due diligence
In: Construction Law International, Vol. 18, Issue 1, March 2023

Recent conferences

ASA Construction Group Roundtable
BERND EHLE, Moderator: Change is the Only Constant – Navigating Changes in Construction Projects
Geneva, 14/03/2024

East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC), “A Golden Age: Celebrating the Past and the Future of International Arbitration in Africa”
BERND EHLE, Speaker: Integrity in the Arbitral Process
Zanzibar, 24 August 2023

Africa Construction Law, 3rd Africa Construction Law Conference: Navigating Turbulent Times
BERND EHLE, Speaker: Managing construction claims or disputes in Africa: challenges and best practices
Lagos, 6 June 2023

Current memberships

  • Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Africa Construction Law (ACL)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)
  • Co-chair of the Construction Group of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Career history

  • Partner, LALIVE, 2009 – present
  • Associate, LALIVE, 2003 – 2008
  • Associate, Graf von Westphalen, Freiburg, Germany, 2000 – 2003

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Law, University of Heidelberg, 2001
  • LLM, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, 1999 – 2000
  • Studies in International Law, University of Geneva, 1993 – 1994