Professor Pierre Tercier

  • Honorary Chairman, ICC International Court of Arbitration;
  • Honorary Professor, University of Fribourg


For over a generation, Pierre Tercier, born in 1943, has been one of the most respected legal scholars in the country. He has authored more than 250 legal writings, focusing on contract law and international arbitration, among which there are several treatises that have become instant classics. He has extensive experience in international arbitration, having chaired the ICC International Court of Arbitration and having served many times in ICC cases. Pierre Tercier was also Chairman of the Swiss Commission on Competition, the Swiss Cartel Commission and the Swiss Insurance Law Society. He has researched and taught law at many universities, including Cambridge University, Columbia Law School, the Max-Planck Institut for private international law in Hamburg and the Universities of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Paris IV. He also has been Dean of Fribourg University Law School.

Key works:

  • Les contrats spéciaux, Zurich: Schulthess, 2003 (now in its third edition), 1129 pages.
  • Le référé pré-arbitral, in 2004 ASA Bulletin 464.
  • Le droit de l'arbitrage et le droit de la concurrence, in 2000 ASA Bulletin 688.