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Dr Maxi Scherer, MA, PhD (Paris Sorbonne), LLM (Köln)

Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration and Energy

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Maxi Scherer

Maxi Scherer is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) and School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London. She teaches in the LLM programme, in particular courses on International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration and International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement. Maxi Scherer is also Director of the LLM in Paris programme, which started in 2013. She has published a number of articles and books in the field of international arbitration and litigation (see relevant tab), including as co-author of the forthcoming The New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, C.H. Beck München & Hart Publishing Oxford.

Maxi Scherer studied law at Cologne University, Germany (LLM, summa cum laude) and at University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France (maitrise, DEA, top of class) where she also earned her PhD in international private law (summa cum laude). She is a member of the Paris Bar and a solicitor in England and Wales. Maxi speaks English, French and German fluently. She has practised as a lawyer for almost 15 years and maintains a selective arbitration and consulting practice of international commercial, commercial arbitration, investment disputes, and complex contractual matters.

She has taught International Arbitration and Litigation, International Private Law, European Civil Procedure and Comparative Law at various universities and law schools around the globe. Currently she is a visiting professor at Georgetown Center of Transnational Legal Studies, London and Sciences Po Law School, Paris. Previous teaching positions include University of Melbourne, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Business School ESCP-EAP Europe Berlin, Pepperdine Law School, University of Basel, Universities of Fribourg/Bern/Neuchâtel, University of Versailles and University of Paris 10 Nanterre. In 2011, Dr Scherer was appointed as Global Hauser Research Fellow at NYU Law School. She has also been selected to serve as Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2016.

Maxi Scherer is a member of the French Committee on Private International Law (Comité Français de Droit International Privé), the French Comparative Law Society (Société de Législation Comparé), the London Court of International Arbitraiton (LCIA) as well as the German (DIS) and Swiss (ASA) Arbitration Associations. She is also a member of the global advisory board of the ICDR Y&I, the international arm of the American Arbitration Association. Maxi speaks regularly on international arbitration topics at conferences and seminars, including at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’, the Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the ICC, the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the LCIA, the Inaugural Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and the Centre for Research on International Investment Law (CREDIMI).



Research interests:

Maxi Scherer’s research focuses on international arbitration (in particular international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration in the energy sector), international litigation and international private law. She is a member of the editorial board of the French/English bilingual International Business law Journal (RDAI/IBLJ) where she co-ordinates publications on international arbitration.


Dr Maxi Scherer's SSRN page


  • The New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, author of sections on Articles III, IV and V(1)(b), edited by Professor Reinmar Wolff, C. H. Beck München & Hart Publishing Oxford, 2012
  • Le Nom en Droit International Privé, Etude de Droit Comparé Français et Allemand [The Name in Private International Law – A Study of French and German Comparative Law], LGDJ, 2004


  • 'Forum Shopping and Post-Award Judgments' (with Linda Silberman), Forum Shopping in the International Commercial Arbitration Context, (F. Ferrari, ed.), Sellier 2013, p.313-345
  • 'Effects of Foreign Judgments Relating to International Arbitral Awards: Is the 'Judgment Route' the Wrong Road?', Journal of International Dispute Settlement, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2013), pp. 587–628
  • 'Third Party Funding in International Arbitration in Europe: Part 1 – Funders’ Perspectives' (with Aren Goldsmith and Camille Fléchet), International Business Law Journal (2012) 207
  • 'Le financement par les tiers des procedures d’arbitrage international, une vue d’Europe Seconde partie: le debat juridique (Third Party Funding of International Arbitration Proceedings - A view from Europe Part II: The Legal Debate)' (with Aren Goldsmith and Camille Fléchet), International Business Law Journal (2012) 649
  • Le choix implicite dans les jurisprudences nationales : vers une interprétation uniforme du Règlement ? – L’exemple du choix tacite résultant des clauses attributives de juridiction et d’arbitrage [Implied Choice Under National Case Law: Towards a Uniform Interpretation of the Regulation ? – The Example of Implied Choice Resulting From Jurisdcition or Arbitration Agreements], in : Le règlement communautaire Rome I et le choix de loi dans les contrats internationaux [The Rome I Regulation and Choice of Law in International Contracts], Litec, 2011
  • Globalization of International Commercial Arbitration, Revue des Juristes de SciencesPo, No.2, p. 64, 2010
  • Commentary on the French Supreme Court decision dated 11 January 2005, Revue Critique de Droit International Privé, p. 85, 2006
  • Zwänge und Entwicklungen im Prozessrecht: Das Neue Deutsche Schiedsverfahrensrecht [Necessity and Development in Procedural Law: The New German Arbitration Law], in: Gerichtsverfahren zwischen Gerechtigkeit und Ökonomie [Judicial Process Between Justice and Economics], p. 141, 2005
  • Pre-Trial Discovery nach dem Haager Beweisübereinkommen [Pre-Trial Discovery Under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad], Commentary of the Paris Court of Appeals decision dated 18 September 2003, IPRax, p.456, 2005
  • Werbung und Internet, Rechtliche Probleme in Deutschland und in Frankreich [Advertising and the Internet: Legal Issues in Germany and France], in: Rechtsfragen der Informationsgesellschaft [The Information Society and Its Legal Issues], published by Professors Thomas Hoeren and Robert Queck, Erich Schmitt Verlag, 1999
  • Pre-Trial Discovery-Maßnahmen in Deutschland: Neuauflage des Deutsch-Amerikanischen Justizkonflikts [Pre-Trial Discovery in Germany: Another US-German Judiciary Conflict?], with M. Reufels, RIW, p. 667, 1999
  • Die ärztliche Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung im Spannungsfeld von deutschem und europäischem Recht [The Medical Certificate of Incapacity to Work at the Interplay of German and European Law], with M. Reufels, RJHA, p. 85, 1996

Short Comments and Case Notes

  • Getting Up To Speed For 2012: The New ICC Arbitration Rules, with Beat Schlaepfer, Young Arbitration Review 1/2012
  • Long-Awaited French Arbitration Law Revealed, Kluwerblog, 2011
  • Revision To French Arbitration Law Arrives, with Gary Born, John V.H. Pierce, New York Law Journal 16 May 2010
  • A View from the Mountain Top: A Challenge to International Arbitral Practice in Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain, with Daniel Greineder, Kluwerblog, 2010
  • Ethics in International Arbitration – Introduction to the European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, with Gary Born, Global Arbitration Review Special Report, p. 3, 2009
  • The Effects of Insolvency on International Arbitration, on Kluwerblog, 2009
  • Bridging Cultural Gaps in International Arbitration – Introduction to the European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, with Gary Born, Global Arbitration Review Special Report, p. 7, 2008

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