Sylvie Cécile Cavaleri

Sylvie Cécile Cavaleri

Associate Professor

Business experience: Born and educated in Geneva, Sylvie Cavaleri passed her Swiss bar exam in 2002 and was admitted to the Danish bar in 2008.  Sylvie worked for two Swiss business law firms for a total of six years before joining a bank in Denmark in 2006 where she worked for two and a half years. After the completion of her PhD thesis in 2013 and in parallel with her academic activities, Sylvie worked as a lawyer for a Danish contractor between October 2013 and June 2014.


Academic experience: From March 2009 to July 2013, Sylvie worked on her Phd thesis titled "Concurrent Delay in Construction Disputes", which she defended on November 1st, 2013. During her time as a PhD fellow, Sylvie taught European private international law and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and occasionnally international commercial arbitration. After the completion of her PhD, Sylvie was awarded two post-doctoral grants for a project entitled "The interpretation and application of international standard contracts under different legal systems". In June 2014, Sylvie was offered a 4-year position as Assistant Professor during which she did focus on the above-mentioned postdoctoral research project and teach in areas related to her research. Sylvie became Associate Professor in private law with special focus on international contracts and dispute resolution in March 2018.



2009-2013                      University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

11 November 2013          PhD

2010                              Studieprøve (Higher Education Examination – Danish language exam)

2008                              Admission to the Danish Bar

2007                              Settlement Certificate (now renamed "Operations Certificate") from the ACI (Association Cambiste Internationale - the Financial Market Association)

2002                              Admission to the Geneva Bar

1995-1999                     Universities of Geneva and Bern

26 October 1999             Licence en Droit (law degree)

1999                              Duke – Geneva Institute in Transnational Law, Geneva

                                     Certificate in Transnational Law (international IP law, international banking law and introduction to the US legal system)


Positions held 

August 2014-current             Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

August 2013-June 2014        Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law (part time)

October 2013-June 2014       Lawyer, MT Højgård, Søborg (part time)

March 2009- March 2013       PhD Fellow, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

April 2006-December 2008    Senior Legal Consultant, Saxo Bank A/S, Hellerup

April 2003-February 2006      Associate, Lalive, Geneva

September 2000-September 2002   Assistant Attorney, Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva and Zurich

January - June 2000              Assistant Attorney, Geneva Public Prosecutor's Office



  • French (mother tongue) 
  • English (fluent)
  • Danish (read, spoken and advanced writing)
  • German and Italian (read, understood and basic writing)
  • Spanish (basic knowledge)




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