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Sam Moss

Counsel

Admission

New York, 2009

Nationality

Canadian, Swiss, British

Languages

English , French , German

Geneva

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

Contact

+41 58 105 2000

Sam Moss is an international arbitration lawyer trained in both civil and common law, and focuses on disputes in the construction and energy sectors.

He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in numerous international arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICC Rules, the Swiss Rules, the DIAC Rules, and the ICSID Convention, and governed by a variety of substantive laws, including Swiss, Ukrainian, Qatari, US, Lithuanian, and Public International Law.  He also assists clients with the management of claims in construction projects, and on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.

Sam Moss regularly publishes and speaks at conferences on construction disputes and arbitration, and is active in several professional organisations.  He is the founder and co-chair of YConstruction, an international group for young construction arbitration practitioners, and serves as an officer of the International Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee.  He is also a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), ASA below 40, and the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners.  Sam Moss has been ranked for several years as a leading construction lawyer, and as a Future Leader in International Arbitration, by Who’s Who Legal.

Prior to joining LALIVE, Sam Moss was Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (2006-2007), and served as a law clerk to a judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal (2005-2006).

He is pursuing an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College, London, and holds a Master of International Studies in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2007-2009), and joint common and civil law degrees (B.C.L./LL.B. (Honours), with great distinction) from McGill University (2006), where he served as Executive Editor of the McGill Law Journal (2005-2006).

Samuel Moss draws acclaim from international sources who commend his impressive work on complex construction and infrastructure arbitration proceedings.

Who’s Who Legal, Switzerland, Construction and Real Estate, 2019

Samuel Moss gains recognition from international peers who highlight his strong expertise handling disputes within the construction sector. One source describes him as "a leader in the construction arbitration field.”

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

Listed among the Future leaders in Arbitration.

Who’s Who Legal, Future Leaders in Arbitration, 2018

Samuel Moss is regarded by clients as a "very impressive young lawyer who will go far".

Who’s Who Legal, Future Leaders in Arbitration, 2017

Samuel Moss receives widespread praise from peers and clients. He is described as "a rising star" with a "fine grasp of the complex technical issues".

Who’s Who Legal, Construction, 2016

The Application of Swiss Law to FIDIC Contracts

Sam Moss, Tino Schneider, 2019

In: Donald Charrett (ed.), The International Application of FIDIC Contracts: A Practical Guide, Informa Law, London, 2019

Construction Arbitration in Switzerland

Matthias Scherer, Ehle Bernd, Sam Moss, 2018

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide, 2nd ed., Wolters Kluwer, The Hague, 2018, pp. 1015-1046

Contractors beware: clause requiring employer pre-approval of additional work costs

Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, 2018

International Law Office Construction Newsletter, 10 September 2018

Construction (Switzerland)

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Ehle Bernd, Sam Moss, Lenoir Cédric, 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

Construction (Qatar)

Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, 2017

In: Robert S Peckar and Michael S Zicherman (Contributing Eds.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in 27 jurisdictions worldwide - 2017, Law Business Research Ltd, 2017, pp. 109-114

Swiss law vs English law on contract interpretation: Is Swiss law better suited to the realities of international construction contracts?

Sam Moss, 2015

International Construction Law Review, 2015, Issue 4, pp. 470-492

UK versus Swiss law on contract interpretation: which approach is best suited to international construction contracts?

Sam Moss, Shona Frame, 2015

Construction Law International, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 9-15

Construction (Qatar)

Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, Marcus C. Boeglin, Marie-Anne Roberty-Jabbour, Tabara Sy, 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. 97-102

Construction Arbitration in Switzerland

Ehle Bernd, Sam Moss, 2014

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, The Hague, 2013, pp. 1179-1202

Swiss and English courts analyse enforceability of multi-tier dispute resolution provision providing for DAB proceedings (FIDIC, clause 20)

Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, 2014

ASA Bulletin 4/2014, Vol. 32, pp. 849-853

Construction (Qatar)

Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, Marcus C. Boeglin, Ramy Saleh, Marie-Anne Roberty Jabbour, 2014

In: Robert S Peckar (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in 31 jurisdictions worldwide - 2014, Law Business Research Ltd, 2014, pp. 124-130

Switzerland

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Ehle Bernd, Sam Moss, 2013

Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2014

A primer on pathological arbitration clauses in Swiss law

Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, 2012

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2 February 2012

Switzerland

Matthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, Sam 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

YConstruction

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

18/10/2019 Singapore, London, Dubai Sam Moss Organiser

For more information, see the programme.

YConstruction

How lessons learned from construction disputes can help improve contract drafting (and project management)

25/09/2019 Seoul, London, Zurich Sam Moss Organiser

For more information, see the programme.

YConstruction

The Digitalization of Construction Projects: what does it mean for construction arbitration?

07/06/2019 Dubai, London, Geneva Sam Moss Organiser

For more information, see the programme.

YConstruction

Help! My case deals with engineering defects: Working with technical experts

03/04/2019 Paris, Dubai, Singapore Sam Moss Organiser

For more information, see the programme.

International Bar Association (IBA)

6th Construction Projects from Conception to Completion Conference

15/09/2017 Brussels Sam Moss Speaker: Drafting Extension of Time Clauses: The Civil Law Perspective

Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners/ICC YAF

Fall Symposium: A World Tour of Recent Legislative and Judicial Developments

13/10/2016 Toronto Sam Moss Speaker: Don’t hold your breath, and other lessons from Europe

ICC Lex Mercatoria

4th International Conference on International Sales Law and International Commercial Arbitration

27/11/2015 Minsk, Belarus Sam Moss Speaker: The FIDIC Conditions in the light of the laws of civilian jurisdictions

ICDR Young & International

The Role of Counsel in Document Production: How Far Should the Duties Go? What Are the Sanctions?

16/04/2015 Geneva Sam Moss Speaker: A critical view of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration

Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)

Interim Measures in International Commercial Arbitration

30/01/2015 Brussels Sam Moss Speaker: Effective advocacy in defending against applications for interim measures

International Bar Association Annual Conference

International Construction Projects Committee – Say What? The Rules of Interpretation at Civil and Common Law

21/10/2014 Tokyo Sam Moss Speaker: The Swiss approach to contract interpretation – Better suited to the realities of international construction contracts?

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

IBA Guidelines on Party Representation

22/07/2014 Paris Sam Moss Speaker: Remedies for Misconduct

ASA Below 40

Court assistance in international arbitration – how to use it wisely and efficiently

23/05/2014 Geneva Sam Moss Speaker: Protecting your client’s interests by means of court-ordered interim relief: typical situations and most effective remedies

University of Bucharest

International Conference “Modern Trends in International Commercial Arbitration”

06/09/2012 Bucharest Sam Moss Speaker: Special Forms of Arbitration - Construction Arbitration
Sam Moss Lecturer

2018 - current

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

Sam Moss Lecturer: Substantive protections

UNITAR E-learning Course
Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative
March-April 2011, May-June 2012, April-May 2014