Members of Doughty Street Chambers have acted – as counsel, arbitrators and experts – on contractual and investment treaty arbitrations across the world. 

We have conducted arbitrations in the leading arbitral seats under all the major arbitral rules, including the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (PCA). 

We have represented and advised both public and private sector clients on arbitrations, including governments, trade unions, NGOs, charities and corporations. 

We also represent clients in the courts of various jurisdictions in arbitration-related proceedings, at both interim and enforcement stages, including before the English courts, national courts in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Our arbitration team is experienced across a range of sectors and subject matters, including:

  • Commercial fraud
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Appeals and enforcement of awards
  • Finance and banking
  • Foreign investment and investor protections (BITs, FTAs)
  • General commercial disputes
  • International human rights
  • International trade
  • Joint ventures
  • Law of the Sea
  • Manufacturing
  • Private international law
  • Public international law
  • Regulatory and financial crime
  • Sovereign debt restructuring and sovereign finance
  • Sovereign immunity
  • Telecommunications and IT
Investment Treaty Arbitrations

Several members of our team specialise in investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) under bilateral investment treaties (BITs), free trade agreements (FTAs) and other international agreements for the protection and promotion of foreign investment.

We have represented investors and states in dozens of arbitrations brought under investment treaties for alleged expropriation, unfair treatment and other breaches of international law.  We have also represented parties in ICSID Annulment proceedings. 

Our experience covers a broad range of industries, including the energy, financial, manufacturing, and telecommunications sectors.  We presently act in several high profile and politically significant arbitrations, including two investor-state disputes arising out of the Eurozone financial crisis in Greece and Cyprus.  Our experience also covers most regions of the world, including Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.    

Members work closely with many of the leading specialist international arbitration law firms, including Three Crowns, Fietta and Omnia Strategy.  Our team is also uniquely positioned to draw on Doughty Street Chambers’ complementary expertise in regulatory and financial crime, and international human rights law.

Members of Doughty Street Chambers have sat as arbitrators in investment treaty arbitrations conducted under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.

In addition, members of the team also lecture on investment treaty arbitration at some of the world’s leading law schools, including Sciences Po Paris, Stanford Law School, and City University of Hong Kong. 

Representative cases include:

  • Marfin Investment Group v. The Republic of Cyprus (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/27)
  • Champion Holding Company and others v. Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/2)
  • Poštová banka, a.s. and ISTROKAPITAL SE v Hellenic Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/8)
  • Representing the State of Pakistan in two UNCITRAL arbitrations.
  • Advising Sudan on two ICSID cases.
  • World Duty Free Company v Republic of Kenya (ICSID Case No. Arb/00/7)
Contractual Arbitrations

We have acted as counsel for governments, trade unions and companies in complex, cross-border arbitrations arising from contracts.

Members of our team have advised, for example, on the potential for bringing conceptually ground-breaking arbitrations by trade union federations against large corporations to enforce previously agreed standards of treatment in relation to employees in the supply chain operating in the developing world.

Our experience covers a broad range of industries, including the financial, manufacturing, telecommunication, media, mining, oil and gas, and shipbuilding sectors.

Team members have also sat as arbitrators and acted as arbitration secretaries in commercial arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules.

Other representative cases include:

  • LCIA commercial arbitration seated in London between Russian and Ukrainian parties relating to a shareholder dispute arising from a series of English-law governed contracts.
  • ICC commercial arbitration seated in Paris between an African state and European company relating to a contractual dispute.
  • LCIA commercial arbitration seated in London between joint venture partners concerning allegations of fraud and corruption in the mining sector.
  • UNCITRAL commercial arbitration seated in London between an international oil and gas fund and a North Sea-based company for amounts owed pursuant to a contract.
Arbitration Related Court Proceedings

Members of DSI have represented clients in the courts of various jurisdictions in arbitration-related proceedings, including before the English courts, national Caribbean Court and the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Edward Fitzgerald QC and Emilie Gonin recently represented The Belize Bank Limited and BCB Holdings in proceedings before the Caribbean Court of Justice related to the enforcement of an international arbitral award against the Government of Belize.  And another member recently successfully resisted an application to set aside an arbitral award in the English High Court on behalf of Gemini Oil & Gas Fund II LP and was separately instructed to bring enforcement proceedings in England and Wales on behalf of a foreign client.

Our Arbitrators

Members of the DSI arbitration team have sat as arbitrator in international arbitrations and as judge in the resolution of international disputes. The following members are available for appointment:

Judge Awn Al-Khasawneh – Judge Al-Khasawneh was a judge and Vice President of the International Court of Justice between 2000 and 2011. He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 1999 and was an arbitrator in The Government of Sudan/The Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (Abyei Arbitration).

Judge Ann Power-Forde SC – Judge Ann Power-Forde SC has a distinguished career as an international lawyer and judge. She served as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights from 2008 to 2015, where she sat in some of the Court’s most seminal cases and made a significant contribution to the case law of the Court both as Judge Rapporteur in Chamber and Grand Chamber cases and through the writing of separate opinions.

Geoffrey Robertson QC – Geoffrey Robertson QC is the joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. He was judge and President of the War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone between 2002 and 2007. Mr Robertson QC has acted in a number of leading investment treaty arbitrations, including World Duty Free v. Kenyaand Fuchs v. Georgia. He has also argued many landmark cases in international human rights, media, constitutional and criminal law.