Prof. Sébastien Besson

  • Partner in Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler;
  • Professor at the University of Neuchâtel


Commonly acknowledged as the spearhead of the next generation of Swiss arbitration lawyers, Sébastien Besson, born in 1970, is a partner in Python & Peter, one of the more prominent Swiss law firms. He has served as chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and counsel in many international and domestic arbitrations, including before the International Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss Chambers of Commerce. Sébastien Besson has authored, with Jean-François Poudret, one of the most authoritative treatise on arbitration in French, which has been translated in 2007 into English. He has earned a Ph.D. and a J.D. from the University of Lausanne, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School.

Key works:

  • Comparative Law of International Arbitration, with J.-F. Poudret, London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2007, 952 pages (translated and updated from Droit comparé de l’arbitrage international, with J.-.F. Poudret, Zurich: Schulthess, 2002, 1179 pages).
  • The Utility of State Laws Regulating International Commercial Arbitration and Their Compatibility with the FAA, in 11 American Review of International Arbitration 211 (2000).
  • Arbitrage international et mesures provisoires, Zurich: Schulthess, 1998, 424 pages.