Landolt & Koch is a law firm based in Geneva, Switzerland, specialized in international arbitration and dispute resolution. Phillip Landolt and Christopher Koch have over thirty years combined experience in the practice of international arbitration as counsel and arbitrators. Our Anglo-American and Swiss culture and legal training not only allow us to understand fully what our clients are seeking, but also to articulate their case to arbitrators of different cultural and legal backgrounds. We devote personal attention to our clients and their case and will take full responsibility for the strategic choices we recommend and for their effective and cost-efficient execution.
The Swiss Supreme Court has ruled that Swiss courts reviewing international arbitration agreements as part of their own assessment of jurisdiction are to proceed with deference to the arbitration agreement, and must in general assume the widest possible subject-matter scope under the arbitration agreement. For a commentary on this decision see here.
The question of when and how to challenge an arbitrator is one of almost unrivaled practical importance for parties and their counsel in international arbitration. This article, first published in the Bulletin of the Chinese Arbitration Association Taipei, provides a succinct analysis of the problem. Challenges article.