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International Arbitration in Switzerland: A Handbook for Practitioners 2nd ed

Edited by: Elliott Geisinger, Nathalie Voser, Angelina M. Petti

ISBN13: 9789041138484
Previous Edition ISBN: 9041123008
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

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Since publication of the first edition in 2004 this book has been widely used as an authoritative practitioners' guide to international arbitration in Switzerland, one of the leading centres for international arbitration proceedings.

This second edition describes in detail each phase of arbitral proceedings, from drafting the arbitration clause to challenge and enforcement of the award. It continues to pay close attention to all aspects, including procedure before the arbitral tribunal, interim measures, confidentiality, the mediation alternative, and many other topics, and has been extensively revised to fully take in to account the newly amended Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, as well as numerous changes internationally, such as the revised ICC Rules and the revised UNCITRAL Rules.

Many new decisions of the Swiss Federal Tribunal relating to arbitration are also considered, as is legal commentary. The second edition also features a chart comparing major institutional arbitration rules on all aspects of the arbitral process covered by those rules. There are also two entirely new chapters – one on the legislative framework of Swiss arbitration law, and one addressing costs of arbitration.

The approach throughout is rigorously practice-oriented, adding theoretical support whenever necessary. With the help of this book, practitioners will proceed confidently as they approach such tasks as the following:-

  • drafting an effective arbitration clause and choosing between ad hoc and institutional arbitration;
  • understanding the manner in which arbitral proceedings can be structured and evaluating what is best suited to their needs;
  • weighing the possibilities of interim relief at their disposal;
  • anticipating the duration and costs of proceedings; and
  • assessing post-award options.
Whilst focusing on the latest developments in international commercial arbitration, International Arbitration in Switzerland includes sections on sports arbitration (with a focus on the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne) and on Swiss-based public international law dispute settlement mechanisms, such as those of the WTO and the UNCC.

The book provides useful answers to concrete questions that in-house lawyers, outside counsel, and arbitrators are confronted with when practicing international arbitration in Switzerland. With its wealth of practical expertise and up-to-date information, it will enable foreign in-house and external counsel to make the appropriate choices and decisions. It will be indispensable for all practitioners and academics interested in arbitration in Switzerland.

European Jurisdictions, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Switzerland
List of Abbreviations.
Selected Bibliography.

Chapter 1: Legislative Framework, by Elliott Geisinger and Julie Raneda.
Chapter 2: Institutional versus Ad Hoc Arbitration, by Anne Véronique Schlaepfer and Angelina M. Petti.
Chapter 3: The Arbitration Agreement, by Philippe Bärtsch and Angelina M. Petti.
Chapter 4: The Arbitral Tribunal, by Nathalie Voser and Eliane Fischer.
Chapter 5 : The Arbitral Procedure, by Elliott Geisinger and Pierre Ducret.
Chapter 6: Interim Measures, by Georg von Segesser and Christopher Boog .
Chapter 7: Confidentiality, by Alexander Jolles, Sonja Stark-Traber and Maria Canals de Cediel.
Chapter 8: The Law Governing the Merits of the Dispute and Awards ex Aequo et Bono, by Peter Burckhardt and Philipp Groz.
Chapter 9: Costs in Arbitration, by Anne-Carole Cremades and Alexandre Mazuranic.
Chapter 10: Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, by Martin Bernet and Philipp Meier.
Chapter 11: Challenge and Revision of the Award, by Elliott Geisinger and Alexandre Mazuranic.
Chapter 12: Swiss and Swiss-based Arbitral Institutions, by Georg von Segesser and Aileen Truttmann.
Chapter 13: Alternative Dispute Resolution, by Manuel Liatowitsch and James U. Menz.

Appendix 1: Checklist for Drafting Arbitration Clauses.
Appendix 2: Translation of Chapter 12 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (‘PILA’).
Appendix 3: Swiss Rules of International Arbitration.
Appendix 4: Internal Rules of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution.
Appendix 5: Comparison of Major Arbitration Rules, by Georg von Segesser and Aileen Truttmann.

Series: Arbitration in

Arbitration in the Netherlands ISBN 9789041156129
To be published September 2018
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Arbitration in Switzerland: The Practitioner's Guide 2nd ed ISBN 9789041192370
Published August 2018
Kluwer Law International
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International Arbitration in the United States ISBN 9789041150165
Published March 2018
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Arbitration in Belgium: A Practitioner's Guide ISBN 9789041152251
Published April 2016
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Arbitration in Romania: A Practitioner's Guide ISBN 9789041166982
Published March 2016
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Arbitration in China: A Practitioner's Gude ISBN 9789041148407
Published September 2015
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Arbitration in Germany: The Model Law in Practice 2nd ed ISBN 9789041158604
Published December 2014
Kluwer Law International
Arbitration in Turkey ISBN 9789041149817
Published December 2014
Kluwer Law International
Arbitration in Switzerland: A Practitioner's Handbook ISBN 9789041133779
Published October 2013
Kluwer Law International
Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner's Guide ISBN 9789041135209
Published June 2013
Kluwer Law International