Professor Dr Kaj Hobér joined 3 Verulam Buildings as an Associate Member on 1 January 2015, upon his retirement from the partnership of Mannheimer Swartling.
At 3 Verulam Buildings Professor Hobér will focus on his arbitrator practice which encompasses investment treaty, public international law and commercial disputes. His particular expertise has been in energy related disputes, disputes involving parties from the former Soviet Union, and from Central and Eastern Europe, and on shareholders' disputes.
He was Professor of East European Commercial Law at the University of Uppsala from 1997 to 2009 and Professor of International Law at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee in 2010.
Prof. Hobér is on the arbitrators' list of ICSID, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CIETAC (Beijing), HKIAC (Hong Kong), the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, The Kula Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and other institutions. Between 1998 - 2003 he was Commissioner at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva.
His arbitration experience includes representing both East and West European, American, Russian and Chinese parties as well as parties from developing countries in international arbitrations.
He is involved in numerous oil and gas arbitrations, relating primarily to Northern Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Prof. Hobér has acted as counsel and arbitrator, including chairmanships in more than 400 international arbitrations, including representation of the claimant in the first ECT award, and is participating in numerous ongoing investment arbitrations.
He is past chair of the IBA sub-committee on Investment Treaty Arbitration and the author and editor of several books on international arbitration as well as numerous articles on international arbitration, Russian, Soviet and East European law and international investment and trade law. Kaj Hobér was a member of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce from 1992 to 2009. He is a member of the LCIA Court and of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and also a member of the AIPN Educational Advisory Board.