Profile of Dr Dorothee Schramm FCIArb

Key steps of a professional path.

Dorothee Schramm got her passion for technology and engineering from her German upbringing, her deep analytical skills from her education in Germany and Switzerland, and her international outlook from her work for leading US and Swiss law firms.

  • Switzerland

  • Germany

  • English

  • German

  • French

  • 2023    CEDR Accredited Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, London, England
  • 2007    Swiss bar admission, Zurich (summa cum laude – “Teilerlass”)
  • 2004    Doctor of law (Dr. iur.), Lucerne, Switzerland (summa cum laude)
  • 2001    First German State Exam, University of Göttingen (summa cum laude – first in state)
Professional History
  • Since 2022  Independent arbitrator
  • 2020-2022   Head of Europe and member of global leadership of Sidley’s Global Life Sciences industry group
  • 2015-2022   Arbitration partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva
  • 2011-2014   Arbitration associate, Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva
  • 2007-2011   Arbitration associate, Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva and Zurich
  • 2004-2008   Part-time lecturer, University of Lucerne
  • 2004-2006   Legal intern (avocat-stagiaire), Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich and Geneva
  • 2001-2004   Research and teaching assistant, University of Lucerne
Arbitrator Panels
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission / Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC)
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) 
  • eBRAM 
  • German Arbitration Institute (DIS)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) (Panel of Arbitrators and Panel for IP Disputes)
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Swiss Arbitration Centre
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)
  • WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre 
  • Included on the List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals (the Tech List®) of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC)
Membership in Professional Bodies
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) – Member of the Executive Committee and the Board
  • Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) – Vice-President and Board Member
  • Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (GEF) – member of the Disciplinary Commission
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) – former alternate member of the Appointment Committee
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – former member of the International Advisory Board
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ciarb) – Fellow (FCIArb)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Switzerland
  • International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut)
  • ArbitralWomen
Having worked with Dorothee on two complex US-based arbitrations, I value her excellent international expertise and advocacy skills.

(Stanimir Alexandrov, independent arbitrator and President of ICCA)


Recognitions of
Dr Dorothee Schramm FCIArb

Dorothee Schramm has been recognized by several legal directories. The list of her recognitions include the following:

Chambers Global and Europe

Dorothee Schramm has been ranked by Chambers Global as well as Chambers Europe as Arbitrator (since 2024) and for Arbitration (International) and Arbitration Counsel (Switzerland) (2021-2023). She has been praised, for example, for her “huge experience” and her “great legal skills and business acumen”.

Best Lawyers in Switzerland

Dorothee Schramm has been ranked for Arbitration and Mediation and International Arbitration in Best Lawyers in Switzerland (since 2022).

SVAMC Tech List® 

Dorothee Schramm has been included in the List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals (the Tech List®) of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC) (since 2023).

Who’s Who Legal

Amongst her continuous WWL rankings since 2017, Dorothee Schramm has been ranked as Thought Leader – Arbitration (Global) and Thought Leader – Arbitration (Switzerland).  WWL says that she “receives worldwide endorsements for her first-rate arbitration practice” and quotes one peer as saying “Her briefs are the best ones I’ve ever read.”

Global Arbitration Review

Dorothee Schramm received individual shoutouts in the GAR 100 of 2019 and 2020 where sources described her as “especially impressive” and as “the most proactive and responsive outside counsel I have worked with in my long career as in-house counsel.”


Dorothee Schramm was recognized as a role model by Breaking.Through.

Dorothee is a well-respected member of the Swiss and international arbitration communities with a stellar reputation. I am delighted to have her as a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Arbitration Association where she proved her excellent judgment and her dedication to promote arbitration in the interest of all of us.

(Felix Dasser, President of the Swiss Arbitration Association and partner at Homburger AG)