People

Michael E. Schneider

Partner

Admission :

Munich (Germany), 1970
Geneva (foreign lawyer)

Nationality :

German

Languages :

Arabic , English , French , German , Italian , Spanish

Geneva

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

Contact :

+41 58 105 2000 +41 58 105 2060

Michael E. Schneider is a founding partner of LALIVE. He has practised in international arbitration for more than 40 years as counsel in ad hoc proceedings and under various rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, Swiss Rules, Stockholm Institute, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), European Development Fund, UNCITRAL, and before other international bodies, including the WTO Appellate Body and the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). He has also acted as arbitrator (chair, sole or co-arbitrator) under the rules of many institutions both in Switzerland and abroad.

Mr Schneider’s main areas of practice are disputes involving States and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects, natural resources (in particular oil and gas), pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and investment disputes. He has specific experience in managing large and complex disputes, organising and leading teams of specialists from different fields and different legal and cultural backgrounds.

Mr Schneider is the immediate past president of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). At ASA, he developed inter alia the Arbitration Practice Seminar organised annually since 1997 with civil law and common law practitioners. He was vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration until 2014, and has been a member of several of its working groups (1998 and 2012 revisions of the ICC rules, construction, pre-arbitral referee). He chaired the UNCITRAL Working Group II (Arbitration) at its Sessions in New York and Vienna (2006-2010) on the revision of the Arbitration Rules and on the revision of the Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings (2014-2015) and is now Vice-Chair of the Commission. He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

Mr Schneider lectures at the University of Fribourg LLM Programme and was Director of Studies at the Centre for Studies and Research at the Hague Academy of International Law (Transnational Arbitration and State Contracts). He studied law and history at the universities of Munich, Bonn and Geneva and completed the 1st and 2nd State examination (capacity to hold office as a judge). He completed postgraduate studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and is a former AIESEC trainee with the Shell Company in Sierra Leone.

Peers say that Michael Schneider's superb reputation in the Swiss market is a key source of work for the firm's commercial arbitration practice. In addition to his work as counsel, Schneider is frequently appointed as arbitrator on commercial and investment treaty cases. He attracts particular praise for his experience in construction arbitrations involving projects in Europe and the Middle East.

Chambers Global, Europe-wide, Arbitration (International) and Most In Demand Arbitrators, 2018

Michael Schneider has long-standing experience acting both as arbitration counsel and as arbitrator on domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes relating to infrastructure projects, breach of supply agreements and partnership dissolutions in the transport and energy sectors. Peers state that he is a "very well-known figure" in the Geneva market and highlight his "attention to detail."

Chambers Global, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution, Arbitrators and Arbitration Counsel, 2018

“Legendary arbitrator” Michael Schneider is internationally respected as “a top name” in the arbitration arena, is highlighted for his “outstanding” expertise.

Who's Who Legal, Arbitration, 2018

Michael Schneider is a “very effective leader in hearings.”

GAR 100, 2017

"A great name for arbitration, very experienced: an outstanding arbitration connoisseur."

Chambers Europe, Arbitration, 2017

Michael Schneider is an “outstanding” practitioner who is commended for his “quick grasp of complex issues”.

Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration, 2017

A "highly respected international arbitration practitioner" with expertise in energy disputes, construction and price review arbitrations, as well as investor-state disputes. "He is a real star and one of the smartest lawyers in the market."

Chambers Global, Arbitration, Global-wide, 2016

Michael Schneider "is the most formidable Swiss practitioner, with great experience and real stature." "He has a lot of charisma and is an impressive advocate."

Chambers Global, Arbitration (International) Europe-wide (Band 1), 2016

"He's extremely hard-working, thorough and responds as things arise and develop during hearings."

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel Switzerland (Band 1), 2016

Michael Schneider “is one of the biggest names in the business,” he is “effortlessly intelligent” and “supremely efficient”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2016

The “outstanding” Michael Schneider is a founding partner of the firm, and with more than 40 years of experience in this field he is considered to be “one of the forefathers of arbitration in Switzerland.”

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016

"One of the leading names in arbitration," Michael E. Schneider is a distinguished arbitrator based in Geneva who regularly presides over multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is also praised by clients for "offering absolute pragmatism in his approach."

Chambers Global, Arbitration (International) Most In Demand Arbitrators (Band 1), Europe-wide, 2015

"An expert, offering absolute pragmatism in his approach. He is so well known, it is difficult to add to his prestige."

Chambers Global, Arbitration (International) Arbitrators (Band 1), Europe-wide, 2015

Lauded as ‘first-class’ and ‘one of the titans in this field’. ‘A tireless and extremely dedicated’ practitioner.
‘He is incredibly experienced in international arbitration, and is a sharp and pragmatic lawyer’. He has advised on numerous multibillion-dollar disputes involving parties from a range of industries, such as gas price reviews, and cases concerning telecommunications and construction.

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2014

‘Extremely thoughtful’ and ‘encyclopaedic in matters of arbitration’.

The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2014

Among 25 most highly regarded individuals.

The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, 2014 and 2013

‘Michael Schneider has ‘the perfect combination of great experience, maximum pragmatism and deep knowledge’’.

Legal 500, Lalive, 2013

‘Arguably the best lawyer in the field of arbitration’.

Legal 500, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2012

‘Simply extraordinary’.

Legal 500, Switzerland, 2011

Michael Schneider, who is praised for "his excellent strategic foresight".

Legal 500, Switzerland, 2010

‘Extremely sharp, tenacious and diplomatic’. Michael Schneider has an excellent reputation as an arbitrator and counsel. Sources say, ‘Even though he’s really busy, he always has time to speak to his clients’’.

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2013

‘He is a brilliant mind and an amazing counsel’.

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2012

Construction (Switzerland)

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

The Role of Iraq in the UNCC Process with Special Emphasis on the Environmental Claims

Michael E. Schneider, 2015

In: Timothy J. Feighery, Christopher S. Gibson, Trevor M. Rajah (Eds.), War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission-Designing Compensation After Conflict, Oxford, 2015, pp. 135-184

The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration – Introductory Remarks

Michael E. Schneider, 2015

In: Shaheeza Lalani and Rodrigo Polanco Lazo (Eds.), The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration, BRILL, NIJHOFF, Volume 3, pp. 1-13

Construction (Switzerland)

Michael E. Schneider, Bernd Ehle, Matthias Scherer, Sam Moss, 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. 120-124

Construction (Switzerland)

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Bernd Ehle, Sam Moss, 2014

In: Robert S Peckar (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through. Construction in 31 jurisdictions worldwide - 2014, Law Business Research Ltd, 2014, pp. 156-161

Switzerland

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

Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2014

Commentary on Article 184 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (taking of evidence in international arbitration)

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2013

In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2013, pp. 1870-1896

Assistance to the Tribunal: Options, Advantages and Dangers

Michael E. Schneider, 2013

In: Berndhard Berger & Michael E. Schneider (Eds) Inside the Black Box: How Arbitral Tribunals Operate and Reach Their Decisions, Juris, 2014, ASA Special Series N° 42, pp. 73-76

Commentary on Article 182 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (arbitration procedure)

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, 2013

In: Honsell/Vogt/Schnyder/Berti (Eds.), Das Internationale Privatrecht (Basler Kommentar), Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel, 2013, pp. 1822-1861

Welcome Address and Introduction to the Conference Topic

Michael E. Schneider, 2013

In: Berndhard Berger & Michael E. Schneider (Eds) Inside the Black Box: How Arbitral Tribunals Operate and Reach Their Decisions, Juris, 2014, ASA Special Series N° 42, pp. 3-5

Construction (Qatar)

Matthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, Georges Racine, Marcus C. Boeglin, 2012

In: David S. Peckard (Contributing Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2013, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 165-169

Twenty-four Theses about Witness Testimony in International Arbitration and Cross-Examination Unbound

Michael E. Schneider, 2011

In: Wirth, Rouvinez, Knoll (Eds.), The Search for "Truth" in Arbitration: Is Finding the Truth What Dispute Resolution Is About? Chapter 5, ASA Special Series No. 35, pp. 63-69

The revision of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: Some observations on the process and the results

Michael E. Schneider, 2011

Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage 2011-4, pp. 1-35

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

The Paper Tsunami in International Arbitration Problems, Risks for the Arbitrators’ Decision Making And Possible Solutions

Michael E. Schneider, 2009

In: Teresa Giovannini and Alexis Mourre (Eds.), Written Evidence and Discovery in International Arbitration New Issues and Tendencies, 2009, Editions Dossiers ICC Institute of World Business Law, Chapter 9, pp. 365-371

Qatar

Michael E. Schneider, 2009

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2010 in 34 jurisdictions worldwide, 2009, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 128-132

Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns – Switzerland

Michael E. Schneider, Joachim Knoll, 2009

In: Doak Bishop (Ed.), Enforcement of Arbitral Awards against Sovereigns, Juris Publishing, 2009

Switzerland

Matthias Scherer, Michael E. Schneider, Nathalie Subilia, 2009

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2010 in 34 jurisdictions worldwide, 2009, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 161-165

Switzerland

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

In: Robert S Peckar (Ed.), Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2008 in 21 jurisdictions worldwide, 2007, Getting the Deal Through, pp. 106-112

Public Procurement in Construction Projects: Issues for Foreign Contractors

Michael E. Schneider, Matthias Scherer, Joachim Knoll, 2007

International Law Office, November 2007, Newsletter, http://www.internationallawoffice.com

Incorporated Joint Ventures Model Agreement

Jean-Paul Vulliéty, Michael E. Schneider, 2005

Publié sous les auspices du Centre du commerce international (OMC/CNUCED), Geneva, 2005

ITC incorporated joint venture model agreements

Michael E. Schneider, 2005

Geneva, ITC Trade Law Series, UNCTAD/WTO, 2005, 129 pages, ISBN 92-9137-302-8

Combining arbitration and conciliation

Michael E. Schneider, 1996

Report at the Seoul Conference of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, ICCA Congress Series, No. 8, 1996, pp. 57-99

Arbitration of construction disputes

Michael E. Schneider, 1995

Contracts and Dispute Settlement in Civil Engineering and Construction of Plants, 1995, Vol. 4, pp. 187-244

Major construction cases

Michael E. Schneider, 1994

In : Scott (éd.), The Reform of Commercial Arbitration Procedures, Londres, LCIA, 1994, p. 157-181

International organizations and private persons: The case for a direct application of international law

Michael E. Schneider, 1993

In: Dominice/Patry/Reymond (Eds.), Etudes de Droit international en l'honneur de Pierre Lalive, Basle, Helbing & Lichtenhahn, 1993, pp. 345-358

Multi-fora disputes

Michael E. Schneider, 1990

Arbitration International, 1990, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 101-121

Russian Arbitration Day 2018

Procedural Issues in International Arbitration

Moscow 30/03/2018 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Interactive Arbitrators? Optimistic Proposals and Cultural Baggage.

For further information, see the programme.

The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)

The Belt and Road Initiative Economic Legal Landscape and dispute Settlement

Cairo 12/12/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: The Belt and Road Initiative

IBA Arbitration 40 Subcommittee

IBA’s Toolkit for Award Writing

Cairo 11/12/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Question and Answer Session

Young ICCA workshop

IBA’s Toolkit for Award Writing

Cairo 11/12/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Key note address on Procedural Tactics and Strategies

The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of UNCITRAL – Global Inclusion and Dispute Resolution: Harmonization Trends in International Arbitration

Cairo 09/12/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: The Modernizing Role of UNCITRAL Texts

Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato (IAI)

L’Arbitro Profili e internazionali

Rome 06/12/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: La missione e la responsabilità dell'arbitro

For more information, see the programme.

Dutch Arbitration Association (DAA)

Fifth anniversary edition of the Dutch Arbitration Day – Advocacy and Evidence

Amsterdam 14/09/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Capitalizing of arbitration’s potential in respect of advocacy and evidence

Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)

Challenges to the Legitimacy of International Arbitration - 29th ITA Workshop and Annual Meeting

Plano, Texas (Dallas) 15/06/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Legitimacy Of The Decision-Makers (Part 1)

Swiss Arbitration Academy

Graduation Ceremony 2016-2017

Geneva 04/05/2017 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Current issues in international arbitration – keynote speech

For more information, see the invitation.

Global Arbitration Review

2nd Annual GAR LIVE Abu Dhabi Conference

Abu Dhabi 22/02/2017 Michael E. Schneider President / Moderator: GAR LIVE Question Time – The Gulf Region: A legal melting pot or a clash of legal cultures?

For more information, see the programme.

Columbia University NY – Columbia Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration

Where public meets private: International law and the dynamic interpretation of treaties in the context of the draft UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency

New York 05/02/2013 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: The provisions of the Standard concerning its scope of application

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

Inside the black box: How arbitral tribunals operate and reach their decisions

Zurich 01/02/2013 Michael E. Schneider Moderator: Assistance to the Tribunal: options, advantages and dangers

For more information, see the programme.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus / International University “MITSO” / UNCTAD / UNCITRAL / ICSID

Investment Dispute Settlement Workshop

Minks, Belarus 20/11/2012 Michael E. Schneider Speaker (with J Salasky): Trends in investment arbitration / A brief overview on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules / The project of developing rules on transparency in treaty-based investor-State arbitration

Global Arbitration Review

3rd Annual GAR LIVE London

London 08/11/2012 Michael E. Schneider Co-chair: How to make International Arbitration work better?

For more information see the programme.

Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA)

Swedish Arbitration Days: The Challenge of Taking Evidence in International Arbitration

Stockholm 14/09/2012 Michael E. Schneider Moderator: Witnesses of Fact

For more information, please see the programme.

American Bar Association (ABA) – Section of International Law – Dispute Resolution/Litigation

Spring Meeting 2012

New York 21/04/2012 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Ethics Guidelines for International Arbitration: Room for Debate

United Nations commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber VIAC

VIAC - UNCITRAL 2012 Conference

Vienna 30/03/2012 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Travaux préparatoires, enactments and case law on interim Measures and preliminary orders. Chair of Session/Moderator: Issues regarding the role of arbitral institutions acting under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

For more information, see the programme.

University of Oslo - Faculty of Law - APA project (Arbitration and Party Autonomy)

The impact of the applicable law on the interpretation of contracts - Arbitration and the not unlimited party autonomy

Oslo 22/11/2011 Michael E. Schneider Panellist: Does international arbitration assume that contracts are written on their own terms or as an interplay with the applicable law? - Panellist: Impact of intellectual property rules and of the arbitrability on the enforceability of arbitral awards

For more information, see the programme.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

The Costs of International Arbitration Conference

London 28/09/2011 Michael E. Schneider Speaker/Moderator: Evidence - how costs can be reduced

For more information, see the programme.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

6th Annual ICC New York Conference: the new ICC Rules of Arbitration

New York 20/09/2011 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: General Provisions

For more information see the programme and the new ICC Rules of Arbitration.

Arbitration Academy

International Arbitration Special Summer Course 2011

Paris 18/07/2011 Michael E. Schneider Lecturer: Evidence and the Use of Experts in International Arbitration

For more information see the website of Arbitration Academy.

Fordham University New York

6th Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation

New York 15/06/2011 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: The New Rules of International Arbitration: Practical and Analytical Issues: The 2010 Revised UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

For more information see the programme.

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC)

UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2010

Istanbul 31/05/2011 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Introductory Rules and Composition of the Arbitral Tribunal (Arts 1-16)

International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC)

VIAC-UNCITRAL 2011 Conference

Vienna 15/04/2011 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Transparency in investment arbitration: Questions regarding the content of a legal standard on transparency; Legal theory of international arbitration: The revised UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in practice

For more information see the programme.

Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)

DIAC 4th Arbitration Dialogue

Paris 16/11/2010 Michael E. Schneider Member of the DIAC Executive Committee and moderator

For more information see the programme.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Arbitral Awards

Dubai 20/10/2010 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Arbitral case-law

For further information see the programme.

American Bar Association (ABA) / New York City Bar

From Revisions to Reform? Roundtable Discussion on Revising the 1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules to Meet New Demands

New York 03/02/2010 Michael E. Schneider Speaker as Chairman of the UNCITRAL Working Group

International Bar Association (IBA) - SERIL - International construction projects committee

Time and acceleration issues affecting international construction contracts

Madrid 07/10/2009 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Delay in civil law

See the presentation.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Geneva Group

L’arbitrage international au bord du Léman: hier, aujourd’hui, demain

Geneva 08/05/2009 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: L’évolution de l’arbitrage en général depuis une trentaine d’années

For further information see the programme.

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

The Search for the Truth

Zurich 06/02/2009 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Cross-examination – How helpful is it for finding the “Truth”?

For further information, see Mr. Schneider’s conference paper and the programme.

Geneva Bar Association (Foreign Lawyers’ Section)

Anti-Money Laundering Regulations and Legal Practice

Geneva 19/11/2008 Michael E. Schneider Co-organizer and Chair

The relevant conference materials are available here.

International Bar Association (IBA)

International Construction Projects (ICP) Committee annual conference

Buenos Aires 17/10/2008 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Termination of construction contracts and completion of the works by replacement contractors & Report of the ICP session on Adopted Projects on recent developments in the Swiss Alptransit Project

13th Geneva Global Arbitration Forum

The Rise of international arbitration in the Gulf States

Geneva 06/12/2007 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Adapting the legal environment in The United Arab Emirates: acceding to the New York Convention; adopting a modern arbitration law; informing State Court Judges

For more information, see the programme.

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC), Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME)

The Revision and Modernization of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

Istanbul 30/11/2007 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Revision of Section III of the Regulation on the arbitration

ICDR Young and International Conference

How to Tailor Arbitrations to Fit the Individual Case

Paris 17/11/2007 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Thinking outside the box

Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dispute Resolution in International Oil and Gas Contracts

Dubai 14/11/2006 Michael E. Schneider Chair

For more information, see the programme or the website of the Dubai Arbitration Centre.

International Bar Association (IBA)

Annual Conference

Prague 30/09/2005 Michael E. Schneider Speaker: Use of independent experts in arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

Michael E. Schneider Lecturer

2011

Fribourg University School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Cross-Cultural Business Practice
International Construction Contracts (including dispute resolution) / International Joint Ventures
For more information, see the course outline (International Construction Contracts) and course outline (International Joint Ventures).

Michael E. Schneider Director of Studies

1987

Center for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations at The Hague Academy of International Law

Michael E. Schneider Consultant

1987

Geneva Law School and Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva