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    Basel Winter Arbitration School

    NEW: provisional Programme of the Basel Winter Arbitration School 2023 is now available. 

    The Basel Winter Arbitration School will take place on 5-10 February 2023 at the Law Faculty of the University of Basel in Switzerland. It will also be possible to attend the school in an online format.

    The school will feature an interactive six-day programme introducing participants to different types of public, private and hybrid arbitration and related practice development and career opportunities. Young practitioners and graduate students working in the field of dispute resolution will particularly benefit from this programme. 

    The University of Basel, founded in 1460, is the oldest university in Switzerland. The school will feature prominent arbitration practitioners and academics covering different arbitration topics and will include speakers from international arbitration institutions headquartered in Switzerland and other countries.


    Prof. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Prof. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Chair of International Law and Public Law at the University of Basel
    Prof. Dr. Yarik Kryvoi, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Prof. Dr. Yarik Kryvoi, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Senior Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London)
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg
    Judge Liesbeth Lijnzaad, LL.M. (Amsterdam)
    Judge Liesbeth Lijnzaad, LL.M. (Amsterdam)
    Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg) and Professor of Practice of International Law (Maastricht)
    Martin Doe, BCL (McGill)
    Martin Doe, BCL (McGill)
    Senior Legal Counsel at Permanent Court of Arbitration (the Hague)
    Ignacio de Castro, LL.M. (King's College London)
    Ignacio de Castro, LL.M. (King's College London)
    Director of IP Disputes and External Relations Division, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre (Geneva)
    Dr. iur. Dražen Petrović, LL.M. (EUI Florence)
    Dr. iur. Dražen Petrović, LL.M. (EUI Florence)
    Registrar of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization
    Dr. iur Christopher Boog, FCIArb, FSIArb
    Dr. iur Christopher Boog, FCIArb, FSIArb
    Partner, Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group and co-head the Sports Practice at Schellenberg Wittmer (Singapore and Zurich)

    Key features

    The Winter School curriculum includes classes on

    Key arbitration frameworks:

    • UNCLOS arbitration
    • International commercial arbitration
    • Business and human rights arbitration (The Hague Rules)
    • Investor-State arbitration
    • Arbitration and mediation at the World Intellectual Property Organisation
    • Arbitration in sports
    • State-State institutional adjudication

    Transversal topics:

    • The conceptual foundations of international adjudication
    • Transparency and confidentiality in international arbitration
    • Diversity in arbitration

    Key arbitration skills and career opportunities:

    • Oral and written skills in arbitration
    • Panel discussion with practitioners: careers in international arbitration

    Key benefits of participation

    Learning at the Winter School will involve:

    • acquiring theoretical and practical arbitration skills in various fields
    • gaining knowledge on key transversal topics
    • networking opportunities with top academics, practitioners and international civil servants
    • better understanding of various career paths in international arbitration
    • exposure to novel teaching methods and a collection of teaching materials
    • certificate of attendance


    Those attending the Basel Winter Arbitration School in person will gather in Basel, Switzerland, a city on the river Rhine and within a relatively short reach to the Alps mountains.

    It was in Basel in 1869 when one of the world’s first commercial arbitration rules were published by the Basel Chamber of Commerce (as it was known back then). Basel is an intercultural city, the 3rd largest in Switzerland, situated on the crossing of Switzerland, France and Germany. It has its own airport and connected to major international railway lines. Switzerland is regarded as Europe’s most innovative economy, host to many major multinational companies and host state of numerous intergovernmental organisations and international actors.

    The Winter School participants will benefit from being in Switzerland by engaging with representatives of Swiss-based institutions such as the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, ILO Administrative Tribunal as well as practitioners and academics from Switzerland and other countries. Its mountains, lakes as well as architecture and traditions make Switzerland a major tourist hub. The organisers will also give recommendations on the local cultural attracts and a skiing trip to the Alps after the Winter School programme.

    For those who cannot attend the school in person in Switzerland, it is possible to attend the school in an online format. The online participation involves full participation in all classes via the Zoom format, with the possibility to ask questions, participate in discussions and access all course materials.

    Programme and application procedure

    The winter school programme will feature top academics, practitioners and representatives of arbitral institutions from Switzerland, the United Kingdom and other countries who will deliver interactive classes in the area of their expertise. The programme also includes two lectures open to the public, an arbitration trivia and a popular careers in arbitration panel. In addition, the participants will be able to participate in a range of social activities to fully benefit from networking opportunities and their presence in Switzerland.

    The provisional programme of the Basel Winter Arbitration School with confirmed speakers is available here.

    Tuition fee



    General fee

    CHF 1,100

    CHF 660

    Reduced rate for full-time academics, students, NGOs, public officials and officials of intergovernmental organisations*

    CHF 860

    CHF 490

    *For staff and students of the University of Basel special rates apply, please contact anna.petrig@unibas.ch


    A  limited number of tuition waiver scholarships will be allocated by partners of Arbitration Lab on the basis of merit. Please read more here.

    Arbitration Lab expects that those who apply will be able to cover the costs of their participation (including travel, accommodation and other costs of in-person participation).

    Application form

    To apply for the Basel Winter Arbitration school, please complete this form no later than on 15 October 2022. For any additional information please contact info@arbitrationlab.com


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