ICC YAF: Revision of Chapter 12 of the Swiss Private International Law Act: What’s in the draft bill?

Geneva, Switzerland, • English

The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) is organizing an event in Geneva. The conference, generously sponsored by Schellenberg Wittmer, will take place on 27 January 2017.


Almost thirty years after coming into force, Chapter 12 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (PILA) is currently under revision. This update of the law constitutes the first major revision of Swiss international arbitration since it was enacted. What are the new features of that draft bill and, more generally, what is the general architecture of that new law? Does it codify well-established Swiss case law? Does it contain any innovation?

This event will bring together leading authorities (including experts advising the Swiss government on the revision of Chapter 12 PILA) and young practitioners to consider and discuss that draft bill. The ICC YAF Conference will be an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration, and to enrich their network in the region. After the conference, the discussions continue at a reception at Schellenberg Wittmer, and later at an informal get-together at a nearby bar (which will be named at the event).


17:00 – 17:15Arrival and registrations
17:15 – 17:45Welcome and opening remarks
17:45 – 19:15Round table discussions
Round table discussions with two speakers per table
19:15 – 19:30Closing remarks

After the conference
Reception at Schellenberg Wittmer, following by drinks at a nearby bar


  • Keynote Speaker

Elliott Geisinger , Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva

  • Moderator

Seguimundo Navarro Jiménez , Attorney at Law, Seguimundo Navarro Abogados, Madrid

  • Speakers
    • Dr Diana Akikol , Partner, ABR, Geneva
    • Cinzia Catelli , Associate, Bär & Karrer, Zurich
    • Olga Hamama , Associate, Freshfields, Frankfurt
    • Dr Francine Hungerbühler , Department of Justice, Berne
    • Nina Lauber-Thommesen , Associate, Lévy Kaufmann Kohler, Geneva
    • Vanessa Liborio , Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Geneva
    • Flavio Peter , Associate, Wenger & Vieli, Zurich
    • Sabrine Schnyder , Associate, Sydley Austin, Geneva

Logistical notes


Schellenberg Wittmer

15 bis rue des Alpes

1201 Geneva, Switzerland


Please send your contact details (full name, firm/institution, email) to: sebastiano.nessi@swlegal.ch

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