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China Irwin



New York, 2011




English , French


35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6


+41 58 105 2000

China Irwin joined LALIVE in 2015. Her main area of practice is international arbitration, including both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with a focus on complex disputes involving major construction projects, consortium and joint venture agreements, and issues arising in the transportation sector. She has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings under various procedural rules, including the ICC Rules, LCIA Rules, Swiss Rules, and UNCITRAL Rules.

She is the Deputy Editor of Construction Law International, the quarterly magazine of the International Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee. She is also a member of several professional associations, including the Society of Construction Law and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), ASA below 40.

Prior to joining LALIVE, China Irwin practiced international arbitration at an international law firm in Geneva (2011-2014).

China Irwin holds a J. D. (Juris Doctor) from the University of Virginia School of Law (2010), where she participated in a dual-degree program with the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), through which she also earned a Master in Global Business Law. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University (2007).

Listed among the leading construction lawyers

Who’s Who Legal, Future Leaders in Construction, 2020

Listed among the leading construction lawyers

Who’s Who Legal, Future Leaders in Construction, 2019

European Law Students’ Association (ELSA)

4th Summer ELSA Law School Geneva on Arbitration

17/07/2019 Geneva China Irwin Speaker: Introduction to Construction Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.


Turkish-Swiss Arbitration Day

09/05/2019 Istanbul China Irwin Panelist: Differences between Turkish and Swiss law on hotly debated construction law issues such as liquidated damages vs penalties, notice requirements, or treatment of delays

For more information, see the programme.

Young International Construction Practitioners (YConstruction)

The new FIDIC Rainbow: What does it mean for construction arbitration?

18/10/2018 London China Irwin Moderator

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LCIA & Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Tribunal Secretaries: An insight behind the curtain

19/09/2018 Zurich China Irwin Panelist

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ASA Below 40

Spring Seminar - Construction arbitration

08/06/2018 Geneva China Irwin Speaker: The use of procedural tools, including bifurcation, in construction arbitration

For further information, see the programme.

Society of Construction Law (SCL) / Society of Construction Law Astra Ireland

Construction 2020: How Well Has It Worked and What Might Follow?

16/02/2018 Dublin China Irwin Panelist: Future trends in public infrastructure projects

For more information, see the programme.