Eric Schwartz is a partner in the New York and Paris offices of King & Spalding (until 31 December 2016). As from 1 January 2017, he will be practising independently as an arbitrator and also as an arbitrator member of Fountain Court Chambers in London. He is a former secretary general (1992-1996), court member (2006-2012) and vice president (2012-2015) of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He currently serves as a vice chair of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
Over the course of four decades of legal practice, Eric has acted as counsel and as an arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings in all of the principal European arbitration venues, as well as in Africa, Asia and North America. He has particular expertise in relation to disputes concerning large infrastructure projects as well as investment treaties and complex cross-border transactions in the energy, IP/IT and pharmaceutical sectors.
Although Eric is especially well known for his ICC arbitration experience, he has also acted in arbitrations under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, CIETAC, the European Development Fund, the ICDR, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, the LCIA, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, in addition to ICSID and UNCITRAL. He has experience of disputes under a variety of legal systems, including those of France, England, Switzerland, the United States and multiple jurisdictions across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Eric is the author of dozens of articles on international arbitration practice as well as the co-author (with Yves Derains) of A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration (Kluwer, 2nd ed, 2005) and the editor of several other books, including (with B Hanotiau) Multiparty Arbitration (ICC 2010) and Class and Group Actions in Arbitration (ICC 2016).
Eric was educated at Dartmouth College (BA 1973) and Yale University (JD 1976) and is a member of the California and Paris Bars. He is fluent in English and French.
WWL says: Eric Schwartz is an "excellent arbitrator" who brings over 35 years of experience to disputes in areas such as oil and gas and infrastructure.
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