Professor Pierre Lalive, one of the founding fathers of the modern arbitration law is no more. The loss is heavy for the global arbitration community. His illustrious and elaborate professional experience is difficult to be described in few words. The International Academy of Arbitration Law on its webpage captures his professional experience as : “Expert or Counsel for several Governments before the International Court of Justice; Delegate of the Swiss Government to several international conferences. One of the 7 experts appointed by the Swiss Government to draft the new Code of Private International Law (adopted by Parliament on December 18, 1987). President of INTELSAT Group of legal experts; President of the UNIDROIT Diplomatic Conference on Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Property. Arbitrator or Counsel in many international arbitrations (ad hoc, ICSID, ICC, CAS, etc.) Editor-in-chief (and Founder) of the ASA Bulletin. Author of some 200 publications, mainly in the fields of private and public international law, international business law, arbitration and art law."
A void remains after his departure. His theories and concepts will go a long way in the future to shape many successful arbitration practitioners. It was a privilege to have interacted with him during the International Academy of Arbitration Law. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Picture Courtesy: International Academy of Arbitration Law Inaugural Lecture 2011.