Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration: ASA Special Series No. 36 - Institutional Advocacy Training
Elliott Geisinger is a Partner in the International Arbitration Group of Schellenberg Wittmer in Geneva. Since 1994, his practice has focused on international arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in complex commercial disputes involving international construction contracts, consortia and joint venture agreements, sponsorship contracts, sales and distribution contracts, and consultancy contracts while also advising clients in investment matters.
In addition, Mr. Geisinger has regularly represented clients in arbitration-related court proceedings, and several of his cases have been reported on in the official collection of Swiss Supreme Court cases and in arbitration journals. Contract management in large¬ scale construction projects is a further specialization of his. He has also advised Swiss corporations in investment disputes.
After graduating from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1986, where he also obtained a Master of Laws in 1990, Mr. Geisinger served as a teaching and research assistant in private international law at the university from 1986 to 1992. He was a trainee and then an Associate with Baker & McKenzie in Geneva before joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 1996 and becoming a Partner in 2002. He sat on the Arbitration Committee of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 1999 to 2003 and was elected to the executive board of the Swiss Arbitration Association in 2007, becoming Vice-President in 2010. He has authored and co-authored several publications in the fields of international arbitration and private international law.
Guillaume Tattevin is a Senior Associate at LALIVE in Geneva, where he practices international arbitration. He has acted as Counsel, Arbitrator and Tribunal Secretary in numerous international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional (including under the rules of the ICC, Swiss Chambers, UNCITRAL, CAS, NAI and PCA).
Before joining LALIVE, Mr. Tattevin worked as Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and as an Associate in the arbitration and litigation department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris.
Mr. Tattevin qualified to practice law in Paris in 2003. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), ASA below 40, the section of foreign lawyers of the Geneva Bar Association, and the Paris Bar Association. He holds a D.E.A. in International Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and an LL.M. in European Community Law from the University of Essex.
At the 28 January 2010 ASA conference, training institutions and practitioners were invited to discuss various methods of advocacy training, such as teaching, traineeships, pupilage and arbitration moots.
Three such institutions, Swiss-based but with global reach, were represented. Their main features are summarised here.