March 27, 2012 - Press release

Kaj Hobér appointed Professor of International Investment and Trade Law at Uppsala University; unique interdisciplinary and jurisprudential research programme launched

Mannheimer Swartling partner and internationally acclaimed arbitration practitioner, Kaj Hobér, has been appointed Professor of International Investment and Trade Law at Uppsala University. His appointment is part of the launch of a unique interdisciplinary and jurisprudential research programme formed by Uppsala University’s Department of Law and Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian Studies.

From the fall of 2013, this programme will be the first in Europe to offer a Master’s Degree in Investment Treaty Arbitration. Kaj Hobér will focus on international disputes with an emphasis on investment arbitrations, but also including international commercial arbitration and WTO disputes. Other focus areas include legal issues relating to energy and natural resources particularly in relation to the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. 

The initiative by Uppsala University to establish this new programme reflects the growing importance of international investment and trade law and the need for interdisciplinary studies and research on the nature of international agreements and disputes, particularly with regard to investments in energy and natural resources.

Kaj Hobér will continue as a partner of Mannheimer Swartling and member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution group, adding a valued combination of practical expertise and theoretical knowledge of international arbitration to the firm and the academic community. He is a prolific author on international arbitration, Russian and East European law, and international investment and trade law. Kaj Hobér has been an adjunct professor at Uppsala University from 1997-2009 and was Professor of International Law at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy in 2010. His being called to this new professorship is only the second time that Uppsala University, the oldest university in the Nordic countries, has made such an appointment.

Kaj Hobér welcomes this appointment,

“I look forward to participating in this exciting interdisciplinary initiative. Establishing such a programme at Uppsala University now is extremely relevant in many ways: levels of foreign investment in general, and in energy and natural resources in particular, continue to increase around the world, and Russia is about to enter the WTO.  The programme will reinforce Sweden’s and the  Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s position at the forefront of these issues.”

For Mannheimer Swartling, this appointment strengthens the firm’s ties with the academic community. Mannheimer Swartling’s Managing Partner, Jan Dernestam, explains,

“As a leading business law firm working in an increasingly international business environment, we value our close co-operation with the international academic community. Kaj has been instrumental in building our dispute resolution practice over decades and our broad international experience, particularly within investment treaty arbitration, is very much based on his efforts and the fact that, historically, Sweden has been an important international centre for the resolution of commercial disputes, often those with an “east-west” dimension.”

For further information:
Jan Dernestam, Managing Partner, 0709-777 348,
Hanna Laurentz, Press Officer, 0709- 777 487,

Mannheimer Swartling is the leading business law firm in the Nordic region. The firm works with many of Sweden’s, and the world’s, leading major and mid-sized companies and organisations. A common feature for the firm’s clients is that law plays a vital role in their business success. Mannheimer Swartling is a full service firm with an extensive international practice. The firm has twelve offices in six countries and regularly is ranked highest among clients and students. The firm had a  turnover in 2011 of approximately SEK 1,3 billion and has approximately 600 employees.