Clarisse von Wunschheim

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Clarisse von Wunschheim
Clarisse started her career in 2002 with a major commercial law firm in Zurich. After working for nine years in China as a lawyer advising and representing foreign (primarily European) and Chinese companies in cross-border arbitrations and litigations in the fields of general contract law, joint ventures, sales disputes and other FDI projects, she returned to Switzerland in late 2013. She specializes in cross-border and cross-cultural dispute resolution, in particular international arbitration, with a focus on the European and Chinese market. She has been involved as counsel, secretary to the arbitral tribunal as well as arbitrator in dozens of arbitrations under various rules including the ICC Rules, SCAI, Uncitral Rules, ICSID, CIETAC, etc. In 2016, she was listed by the GAR Awards 2016 among the nominees for the award of “best prepared and most responsive arbitrator” and by Who’s Who Legal among the “Future Arbitration Leaders 2017”.
In 2010, Clarisse obtained her PhD degree from the University of Fribourg on a topic relating to arbitration in China, and was appointed lecturer at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), the Geneva School of Economics & Management (Switzerland) and at the University Institute of European Studies of Turin (Italy), where she teaches contract, company and arbitration law. She is also author and co-author of several articles on arbitration and contract law, and an occasional speaker at conferences.


Accredited CEDR Mediator (2013, London) 

Dr. iur. (2010, Fribourg, Switzerland) with predicate ‘summa cum laude’

Admission to the Bar (2004, Zurich, Switzerland) 

lic. iur. (2001, Fribourg Switzerland) with predicate ‘summa cum laude’


Panels of Arbitrators

Hong Kong Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (Switzerland and Austria)

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)


Memberships & Extracurricular Activities

Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA); International Bar Association (IBA); Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA); International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); Union internationale des avocats (UIA); European China Law Association  (ECLA); Arbitral Women;  Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Beijing (Secretary General 2008/2009, 2010/2011)



Teaching & Professional Workshops 

  • Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Fribourg and at the University Institute of European Studies of Turin (Italy)

  • Director of the Workshop on Advocacy Skills in International Arbitration jointly organized by WunschARB, Mercer Islands Arbitration Chambers, the Swiss Arbitration Academy and the Beijing Arbitration Commission in Beijing on 19-20 November 2013.

  • Director of the Workshop on Cross-Examination in International Arbitration jointly organized by WunschARB and Mercer Islands Arbitration Chambers together with the Beijing Arbitration Commission in Beijing and the Shanghai Arbitration Commission in Shanghai on 10-11, 13-14 December 2012.


Selected Published Works

  • Controlling Costs in International Arbitration, Quid? Law Review 2/2014, available here (co-authore with Emmanuelle Barasche and Eleonora Szulc);

  • Judicial Side Effects of the CIETAC Split, a confusing Maze with Happy End ?, March 2014, available here (co-author with Lear Liu);

  • Chinese Court Decision Summaries on Arbitration, a collection of over 500 English summaries of Chinese court decisions related to arbitration edited by WunschArb and published on, 2013; 

  • The CIETAC Feud  - Why it’s a mess, and how to avoid being caught in the middle, Asian Dispute Review, July 2013 (co-author with Lear Liu);

  • Enforcement of Commercial Arbitral Awards in China, Thomson West (ed.), 4th Edition, 2013;

  • Pierre Tercier – L’homo arbiter et sa méthode, Concerto arbitral en trois mouvements pour Pierre Tercier, Lara Hammoud / Marie-Noëlle Zen-Ruffienen / Clarisse von Wunschheim (eds), Schulthess, Zurich 2013.

Working Languages: French, German, English, Mandarin, Spanish

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