1972, Zurich lawyer, philosopher and psychologist Prof.Dr.Dr.
Hans Giger founded an
which he called SGO Swiss Permanent
Organisation of Arbitration ("SGO") to
act as a forum for national and international arbitration
proceedings. Its strength lies in combining
the traditional benefits of arbitration with a
method for appointing the arbitrators that corresponds to
that of the public judiciary system. It is this combination
that guarantees the highest level of
objectivity and inde- pendence to every SGO arbitration
Success was not long in coming: In the course of a few
years, the SGO became a model of sorts
for safeguarding peaceful relationships, providing
an attractive alternative to the traditional methods of
dispute resolution (such as more time-consuming ordinary
In 2004/05, after having operated for 30 years, the SGO
was given a comprehensive overhaul which will ensure that
the high quality standard of the SGO
will be main- tained in the future.
The Advisory Board,
established to support the goals of the SGO and serve as
its legal conscience, was joined by several well-known public
figures in the world of academia, business and public life.
The SGO also sought to add new, qualified arbitrators to
the permanent pool of arbitrators,
another of its primary concerns, inviting law professors,
practising lawyers and judges to join them. In particular,
however, it also recruited experts from a wide range of
different fields: building physicists, architects and business
economists, among others.
Thanks to these measures, the SGO is today in a position
to supply, on demand, arbitral tribunals consisting of highly
qualified experts able to settle disputes quickly, in a
legally irreproachable manner and, most important- ly, permanently.
Finally, based on its development and experience, small
and medium-sized companies in Switzerland and abroad
have come to value the SGO as an ideal partner to help resolve
disputable legal issues.