ICC pays tribute to Institute founder
ICC has paid tribute to founder of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, Professor Pierre Lalive, who passed away on 8 March at the age of 91.
Professor Lalive, who co-founded the
international and independent law firm Lalive, based in Geneva, was one of the
world's leading specialists in international disputes and is considered a
founding father of modern international arbitration.
Professor Lalive was committed to the
development of international business law. In 1979 he was responsible for the
foundation of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. The Institute's mission
remains faithful to his ideals: it promotes the development of business law and
provides training in the law and practice of international business and it
serves as a forum for the strengthening of ties between international business
practitioners and the legal profession.
"Professor Lalive was one of the rare
arbitration specialists able to combine a wide practical experience with a
rigorous scientific approach, as illustrated in his famous article on truly international
public policy, just one of his many pieces of writing," said Yves Derains, the
current president of the Institute.
Professor Lalive’s career spanned more than
half a century, during which time he acted for several States before the
International Court of Justice in The Hague and was one of the seven experts
appointed by the Swiss government to draft the 1987 Swiss Code of Private
International Law, including the rules on international arbitration. He was president
of the UNIDROIT Diplomatic Conference of Governmental Experts on the Protection
of Cultural Property and instrumental in the elaboration of the 1995 UNIDROIT
Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and held several positions
in professional associations in the fields of arbitration, international law
and art law. He was the author of more than 200 publications, principally in
the fields of private and public international law, international business law,
arbitration and art law. He was also the founder (1983), former editor-in-chief
(until 2009) and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the ASA Bulletin, one of
the leading arbitration reviews.
Professor Lalive also held many academic
positions. He was awarded the prestigious Balzan Prize (for private
international law) in 1990, and was granted the title of Doctor honoris causa by the Universities of
Lyon (1976), Paris II (1982), Brussels (1989) and Rome (1996). He graduated
from the University of Geneva and studied at the Graduate
Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and at the International Law Academy in The
Hague. He held a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, where he became
Fellow of King's College and Arthur Goodhardt Professor of Legal Science. He
was Professor at the Graduate
Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, at
the International Academy of Comparative Law in The Hague, at Columbia
University, Torino University Law School, and various other Universities.
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