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RAin Dr. Silja Schaffstein, LL.M.

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler
3-5 rue du Conseil-Général, PO Box 552
1211 Genf 4

Fon+41 22 8096200
Fax+41 22 8096201
German, Frankfurt/Main 1978

Present Position
Senior Associate, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva

Training / Professional Experience
Ph.D., CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom; University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2012;
LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA, 2010;
Diplôme d’études approfondies en droit (D.E.A.),University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2005;
Licence en droit, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2002.

Areas of specialisation
Silja's experience includes disputes relating to oil and gas, natural resources, construction, joint ventures, share and share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, and international sales, among others.

She has significant experience in matters relating to the coordination of multiple proceedings before courts and international arbitral tribunals over identical or related claims or issues between identical or related parties, in particular questions of res judicata and lis pendens.

Arbitral experience
Silja specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. She has acted as arbitrator, counsel, expert, or secretary to the arbitral tribunal in numerous international arbitration proceedings, including under the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, Swiss Rules, LCIA, DIS and WIPO rules. She also appears before Swiss state courts in arbitration-related disputes.

Prior to joining LKK, Silja worked with Julian Lew QC at 20 Essex Street Chambers in London, assisting him in all aspects of his work as international arbitrator and academic in international arbitration.

Silja held various academic positions in the fields of private international law and international arbitration at the law faculty of the University of Geneva, the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London, and the World Intellectual Property Organization

The Doctrine of Res Judicata Before International Commercial Arbitral Tribunals, Oxford University Press, 2016.

The Doctrine of Res Judicata in International Commercial Arbitration, Arbitration in Switzerland: The Practitioner's Guide, Arroyo (ed.), 2nd ed., forthcoming.

Language Skills
German (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (basic knowledge).

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