James Egerton-Vernon has more than 12 years of experience focused on investor-state and international commercial arbitration and on international litigation. Dual-qualified as an English solicitor and New York lawyer and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, James has acted in multiple arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SCC, and SIAC rules across a range of sectors and industries, including oil, uranium and gold mining, gas, telecommunications, and construction projects.
James is currently advising multiple investors with high-value investment claims against Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin American states and played a key role on a recent case setting important legal precedents on the rules of treaty succession. His prior representations include advising: clients with investments in the Venezuelan oil sector, in both English and Spanish, on their claims arising out of unilateral changes to the hydrocarbon regime in that country; a Brazilian energy company on a construction dispute with its Italian joint venture partner; a Kuwaiti fertilizer company in ICSID proceedings against Egypt; a Romanian energy company in ICC proceedings against a Russian oligarch; a U.S. energy company in ICC proceedings against its Indian co-contractor; and a Spanish entertainment company involved in Madrid-based LCIA dispute proceedings.
James is included on the roster of arbitrators of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, served as North America Regional Chair for Young ITA, is a member of many other international arbitration associations, and was previously an assistant editor of ICSID Review. He is a frequent speaker and author on commercial and investor-state arbitration and an adjunct professor of International Arbitration at the University of Maryland.
Protecting Foreign Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Southern African Development Community and its Protocol on Finance and Investment
- October 3, 2018
Panel moderator, "The United States and Investment Treaties: The Next Ten Years", #YoungITATalks Event
- September 25, 2018
US Law and International Commercial Arbitration: A Changing Landscape
- June 20, 2018
Moderator and panelist, "A Tour Around the Arbitration World," 30th Annual ITA Workshop and Annual Meeting
- March 15, 2018
ASIL Young Arbitrator Debate Series, Debater of the Motion: "This house believes that no conflict arises when an arbitrator is appointed to decide a case that raises an issue on which that arbitrator has already issued an opinion or a decision."
- November 29, 2017
Arbitral Parents: Managing Parenthood in the Context of an International Practice
- November 29, 2017
Panelist, "Managing Parenthood in the Context of an International Practice", ArbitralWomen / Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners (YAWP), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I).
- April 23, 2016
43rd Annual Advanced Business Law Conference: Back to the Future - Business Lawyering for All Stages of the Company Life Cycle, Virginia CLE, Panelist, Taking Your Products and Services to Market: Evolving Distribution Models and Issues in Domestic and Foreign Markets
- February 13, 2016
India's Model Bilateral Investment Treaty - A Critical Analysis, Panel Chair, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre, Annual International Conference: Emerging Frontiers of Arbitration Law
- October 9, 2015
Is the Definitive Arbitral Award No Longer What it Used to Be? Arbitral Appeals, Annulment or Quality Control of Arbitral Awards, Panelist - speaking in Portuguese, V Encontro Internacional De Arbitragem De Coimbra
- October 31, 2014
Oil and Gas Investment Arbitrations, panelist, Structuring Against the Risk of Adverse Continental Shelf Decisions
- March 28. 2014
Is Investment Treaty Arbitration a Mechanism to Second-guess Governments’ Exercise of Administrative Discretion: Public Law or Lex Investoria?, Eigth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference
- February 11, 2014
Current Issues in Investor-State Arbitration, panelist, Georgetown University Law Center, International Arbitration Month
- Georgetown University (LL.M. in International Legal Studies with honors 2010); BPP Law School, London (Legal Practice Course 2004; Postgraduate Diploma in Law 2003); St Peter's College, University of Oxford (B.A. in Modern Languages [French and Portuguese] 2002)
- District of Columbia, New York, and solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- Member of the International Arbitration team ranked Band 1 in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
- Spanish, Portuguese, French