Maxi Scherer is a Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration, where she holds the Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law. She is also a Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London, admitted to the bar in Paris (France) and as solicitor (England and Wales).
Maxi has extensive experience with arbitral practice both in civil and common law systems, with a particular focus in the energy sector. She has represented clients, provided expert opinions and sat as arbitrator in more than 100 commercial and investor-state arbitrations (ad hoc and DIS, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, PCA, SCAI, SCC, etc.) under a broad variety of governing laws and seats. She has been regularly ranked by Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500 etc. as leading arbitration practitioner: she was identified repeatedly amongst the top “Global Elite Thought Leaders” and in 2021 “Most In Demand Arbitrators – Europe”, described by peers and clients as “first-rate name” producing “stellar work and [..] very skilled in unpacking complex investment treaty issues”, “brilliant scholar and lawyer” “who “combines strong judgement with a calm and controlled manner,” and “one of the very best in both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.”
Maxi publishes extensively in the field of international arbitration, including: International Arbitration in the Energy Sector (OUP, 2018). She is the General Editor of the Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration. In 2018, she was awarded the GAR Award for Best Speech or Lecture. She also chaired the recent revision of the arbitral rules of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA). She holds many other public appointments and commissions of trust including being a member of the panel of arbitrators (ICSID); the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC); and Drafting Committee for new protocols to the Arbitration Rules of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
Current or past academic appointments include Global Professor of Law at NYU Law School, Visiting Professor at SciencesPo Law School Paris, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Centre of Transnational Legal Studies, as well as visiting positions or guest lecturers at The Hague Acadmy of International Law, UIBE Beijing, City University of Hong Kong, Bucerius Law School Hamburg, University of Melbourne, Freie Universität Berlin, Sorbonne Law School, Universität Wien, Université de Versailles, Université de Fribourg Switzerland, Universität Würzburg, Pepperdine Law School, Université de Bourgogne, Universität Basel and Université de Paris X Nanterre.