Courtney Furner

Senior Associate, Zurich

+41 58 105 2000

Courtney specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a focus on complex disputes involving infrastructure projects. She has acted as counsel in arbitration proceedings under the ICC, Swiss, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA and CIETAC Arbitration Rules. She has also sat as tribunal secretary and arbitrator.

Recent publications

‘Early Case Documents’, International Arbitration in Practice: A Comprehensive Guide with Samples & Explanations
In: Kluwer Arbitration Blog, forthcoming

International Arbitration: Switzerland
In: Global Legal Insights, International Arbitration, 2024 (also 2023, 2022 and 2018)

‘Eyeopeners – The Enlightening Effect of Site Visits in Construction Disputes’
In: International Bar Association Dispute Resolution International, 12(2) 2018, pp. 175-194 

Recent conferences

ASA below 40
COURTNEY FURNER, Speaker: Practical Session ‘Effective and efficient witness preparation in international arbitration’
Bern, 29 September 2023

ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF) Conference
COURTNEY FURNER, Speaker: “Illegality – The Set-Aside Court Perspective”
Frankfurt, 28 June 2023

MIDS – Second Annual Alumni Event
COURTNEY FURNER, Moderator: State Liability for Environmental, Social and Governance Measures
Geneva, 18 November 2022

Current memberships

  • Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (2021 – 2024)
  • Co-Director of the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme
  • International Representative of the ACICA45 Steering Committee
  • Member of Young ICCA
  • Member of ASA below 40
  • Member of DIS40
  • Member of ArbitralWomen

Career history

  • Senior Associate, LALIVE, Zurich, 2024 – present
  • Associate, LALIVE, Zurich, 2017 – 2023
  • Associate to the Honourable Justice Robert Mazza, Supreme Court of Western Australia, Court of Appeal, Perth, 2015 – 2016
  • Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright, Perth, 2010 – 2014
  • Tutor in Civil Procedure, University of Western Australia, Perth, 2015
  • Volunteer Humanitarian Observer, Australian Red Cross, Perth, 2014 – 2015
  • Intern, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague, 2008

Academic qualifications

  • LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), University of Geneva and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (MIDS Young ICCA Scholarship), 2017
  • Bachelor of Laws/Arts, University of Western Australia, 2011
  • Exchange year, University of Vienna, 2007 – 2008