Holder of a law degree from the University of Geneva since 1983 and of a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ) from New York University (NYU) School of Law awarded in 1987, Christophe Imhoos specialised from early on in alternative and amicable methods for managing conflict resolution (ADR).
Counsel to the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris from 1987 to 1991, he has been practising at Geneva since 1992 as counselor but primarily as arbitrator (sole, co-arbitrator or chairman to arbitral tribunals) in civil and commercial matters as well as in disputes involving internet domain names.
Since 2005, having become increasingly aware of the limits of arbitration within the sphere of conflict resolution due to the ever increasing costs and the delays of these procedures, not to mention the 'judicialisation' of the procedures, he has become increasingly interested in other forms of conflict resolution that offer more latitude to the protagonists.
This inspired him to undertake a mediation course at the Institut Universitaire Kurt Boesch (IUKB) at Sion, where he was awarded a European Master in Mediation (MAS) in 2009. This course complemented the studies that he undertook in 2006 and 2007 at the Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Paris (CMAP) and at the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London and the Institut de formation à la médiation et négociation de l'Institut catholique de Paris (IFOMENE), as well as the Summer Learning Forum at Harvard Law School in the United States.
From 2008, Christophe Imhoos has been engaged as a trainer at Groupement Pro-Médiation (GPM) where he has been in charge of and coordinator for awareness courses and in-depth training in mediation (FAM). He was also involved in the pilot programme for the teaching of the management of conflict resolution for trainee lawyers in Geneva under the auspices of the European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME) from 2008 to 2010. Since then he has been teaching on the conflict management module at the Ecole d'avocature (ECAV) which is part of the Faculty of Law at the University of Geneva. He also works on an ad hoc basis in these subject areas for the University of Lausanne at the Centre du droit de l'entreprise (CEDIDAC).
French and English, passive knowledge of German and basic knowledge of Italian and Spanish.