Claus von Wobeser
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Phone:+52 (55) 5258-1011
cvonwobeser@vwys.com.mx

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Phone:+52 (55) 5258-1011
cvonwobeser@vwys.com.mx

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  • Education & Experience
    • Doctorate in Law, Commercial and European Law Studies, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris.
    • Law Degree (J.D.), Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City.
  • Affiliations & Academic Activities
    • Member of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, 1982-1988.
    • President of the Commission of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, 1987-2016.
    • Professor of Arbitration, Escuela Libre de Derecho, since 1994.
    • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, since 1998.
    • Member of the Mexican Mediation Institute (Instituto Mexicano de Mediación), since 2000.
    • President of the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados), 2001-2002.
    • Member of the Board of Directors, American Arbitration Association, 2003-2015.
    • President of the Mediation Committee, International Bar Association, 2003-2004.
    • Co-President of the Arbitration Committee, International Bar Association, 2005-2006.
    • Member of the Mexican Institute of Arbitration (Instituto Mexicano de Arbitraje), since 2005.
    • Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2015.
    • Arbitrator of the panel elected by the President of the World Bank and the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, 2011-2017.
    • Member of the Administrative Council, International Court of Arbitration, since 2015.
    • Member of the Board of Sicana, provider of arbitration and other dispute resolution services of the International Chamber of Commerce, since 2015.
    • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, since 2016.
    • President of the Latin American Arbitration Association, since 2020.
    • President of the International Chamber of Commerce México, since 2020.
  • Recognitions
    • In 2017 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award of Chambers and Partners, Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Global Arbitration Review 100, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Latin Lawyer National, Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, Who’s Who Legal Global Elite, Who’s Who Thought Leaders, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal Mexico, Benchmark Litigation, among others.
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    • Spanish, English, German and French.
  • Claus is the founding partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra and has more than forty years of experience in dispute resolution.


    Claus is renowned globally for his advocacy skills and strategic thinking in highly complex disputes in both litigation and arbitration. He has acted in more than two hundred international arbitration and conciliation proceedings, either as arbitrator or counsel, under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the ICSID Additional Facility, among others.

    Claus is currently the President of the Latin American Arbitration Association and of the Mexican chapter of the ICC. He has been Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) of the ICC, Co-President of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and President of the Arbitration Commission of the Mexican chapter of the ICC.

    Additionally, Claus frequently participates as an expert on arbitration and in proceedings related to Mexican law before U.S. and English courts. He has ample experience litigating in arbitration and in Mexican courts relative to a wide array of matters such as complex patent disputes, breach of contract and tortious liability.

    Claus is very committed to pro bono work. He has been a leading voice in Latin America in pro bono for the last thirty years, and together with four other lawyers drafted the Probono Standards for the American Continent. Those Standards served as a basis for the Mexican Probono Network and later were adopted by the IBA globally.

    In 2017, Claus won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chambers and Partners for his contribution to the legal profession. He has also been recognized by Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Global Arbitration Review 100, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Latin Lawyer National, Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, Who’s Who Legal Global Elite, Who’s Who Thought Leaders, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal Mexico, Benchmark Litigation, among other publications.