Geneva – Arbitration (G17)

The G17 ELSA Summer Law School on Arbitration is the premier event in the ELSA network entirely focused on arbitration. This is why you should apply: Arbitration has become the preferred method of dispute resolution in international trade and commerce. Therefore, it is a field of law that is of vital importance for any corporate lawyer. Our one-week programme aims to familiarise students with arbitration as a means of dispute resolution and covers practical aspects of various forms of arbitration. To achieve this goal, the city of Geneva couldn’t be a better place. It is, indeed, a world-renowned centre for arbitration. It offers a historically neutral platform for the resolution of disputes and is home to top law firms, myriad arbitration-focused associations and institutions – all within a fully international setting. Along with a diverse and comprehensive academic programme, we plan thrilling social events, including a gala dinner on a boat, a laser tag game and a standing dinner with our esteemed sponsors, in order to network. For more information, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on Facebook or by email to g17@genevaarbitration.org
Maximum participation fees
Non-favoured: €350
Favoured: €315
ELSA Alumni / Non-members: €600
Maximum extra fees
Gala ball: €50
Two-way transfer: €30
Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Hostel, Geneva
Number of participants
Date of arrival
Date of departure
Academic Partner
University of Geneva, Graduate Institute - MIDS, Geneva Chamber of commerce, industry and services (CCIG), ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association)
Academic Programme

Our summer law school is intended to provide a hands-on introduction to arbitration. Our programme covers various aspects of arbitration, including basic theory and practical case studies. This is why most of our speakers are experienced arbitration lawyers from leading corporate law firms such as Schellenberg Wittmer, Bär & Karrer, Sidley Austin LLP, Brown&Page, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and CMS von Erlach Poncet (status as of February 2017).

Monday 28 August 2017

  • Lecture : Introduction to arbitration
  • Arbitration Mock Competition

Both courses will take place at Schellenberg Wittmer’s offices in the city centre of Geneva and will be led by practitioners of the firm.

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Wednesday 30 August 2017

  • Lecture : Arbitration institutions and rules presented by Prof. Tercier
  • Lecture : The Swiss arbitral rules presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG)
  • Workshops : Conflict of Laws vs Arbitration
  • Panel of careers

Thursday 31 August 2017

Friday 1 September 2017

  • Institutional visit to the United Nations
  • Lecture: Investment Arbitration


This remains a draft programme that may be subject to changes.