Michael E. Schneider is a partner in the Geneva based international law firm LALIVE Attorneys-at-law. Since many years he acts as counsel or arbitrator in a great variety of arbitration proceedings under varying rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, EDF, in Switzerland and elsewhere. Many of his cases concern industrial and civil engineering projects, joint ventures and consortia;
He is one of the Vice-Chairs of the ICC Arbitration Commission, the Leader of its Forum on Arbitration and New Fields and was a member of the ICC Working Parties on the revision of the Arbitration Rules, on Construction Arbitration and on the Pre-Arbitral Referee Procedure. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and Co-Chair IBA/SBL Committee T on International Construction Projects. He sat on the UNCITRAL Expert Groups on International Contracts of Industrial Works and on Arbitral Practice. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Construction Law Review and of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Swiss and International Construction Law.
He taught at the Geneva Graduate Institute for International Studies and at the Center for Studies at the Hague Academy and lectured at many other occasions. His publications deal mainly with subjects of arbitration and international contracts. He speaks fluent German, English and French and has basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Arabic