Swiss Arbitration Academy – Seminar

For beginners in Arbitration

What is this Seminar about?

Participants will get a practical overview for beginners on the practice of international arbitration. Renowned practitioners in this field will share their insight and experience. The Seminar is not merely academic, but focuses – in the known tradition of the SAA – on a practical approach.

Who should attend:

Young practitioners in litigation and arbitration, first time arbitrators, secretaries to arbitral tribunals, in-house counsel without or with little experience in international arbitration, interested Swiss and international students.


Thursday, 30 August 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Sheraton Zurich Hotel
Pfingstweidstrasse 100, 8005 Zurich

Registration Costs:

Participation fee: CHF 450
Non-admitted jurists / interns / students: CHF 400
Early registration participation fee: CHF 375
Non-admitted jurists / interns / students: CHF 325

The early registration deadline is 31 July 2018. Registration is limited.

About us:

SAA is a private institution founded in 2008, directed by a group of arbitration practitioners to provide (continued) professional training in international arbitration. It offers practical postgraduate education together with the University of Lucerne and the University of Neuchâtel.


8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 9:15 am

What does it take to become (and be) an arbitrator?

Dr. Ernst F. Schmid LL.M., Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey AG, Zurich

9:55 am – 10:30 am

Work life balance in international arbitration: A costly demand?

Dieter Hofmann, Partner, Walder Wyss AG, Zurich

10:30 am- 11:15 am

The top 7 mistakes by young practitioners in international arbitration (and how to avoid them)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Girsberger, University of Lucerne/Wenger & Vieli AG, Zurich
Member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Coffee Break

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

The role of the administrative secretary of an arbitral tribunal

Dr. Stefan Leimgruber, Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

International arbitration in the year 2033: Where do we go from here?

Alexandra C. Johnson LL.M., Partner, Bär & Karrer AG, Geneva

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arbitration war stories: myths & truth

Prof. Dr. Felix Dasser, Partner, Homburger AG, Zurich

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm – 3:50 pm

Legal research in international arbitration

Simon M. Hohler LL.M., Associate, Thouvenin Attorneys KLG, Zurich

3:50 pm – 4:30 pm

Reflections on cross-cultural misunderstandings (procedural, tactical and linguistic) in international arbitration

Shai Wade LL.M., Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, London

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Closing remarks

Dr. Urs Weber-Stecher LL.M., Partner, Wenger & Vieli AG, Zurich President of the Board of the Swiss Arbitration Academy