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James Egerton-Vernon has more than 11 years of experience as counsel focused on investor-state and international commercial arbitration and on international litigation. Dual-qualified as an English solicitor and New York attorney 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, mining, gas, telecommunications, and construction projects.

James is currently advising multiple investors with high-value investment claims against CIS and Latin American states. 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. Other representative highlights include advising: 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 Arbitration Center of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, serves as the North America Regional Chair for Young ITA, is a member of many other international arbitration associations, and an assistant editor of ICSID Review. He is a frequent speaker and author on commercial and investor-state arbitration and is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration at the University of Maryland School of Law.


World Wide Minerals achieves right to arbitrate its expropriation and international law claims against Republic of Kazakhstan
An arbitral tribunal convened under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules has held that Kazakhstan is a legal successor to the 1989 Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (the "Canada/USSR BIT").

Global City Holdings launches $265 million stock repurchase
Jones Day advised Global City Holdings N.V. ("GCH"), a public limited liability company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, on the launch of its PLN 990,698,853 (approximately €237.7 million/ US$265.4 million) buy back offer to repurchase the GCH shares held by minority shareholders.

Major U.S. oil company seeks advice following adverse conduct by state-owned entity and local government in connection to its investment
Jones Day is advising a major U.S. oil company on its rights and potential remedies under a bilateral investment treaty and several production sharing contracts with a Southeast Asian State.

Federal Elektrik Yatirim ve Ticaret arbitrates issues against Uzbekistan under Energy Charter Treaty
Jones Day represents Federal Elektrik Yatirim ve Ticaret A.S. and three other claimants in an ICSID arbitration against Uzbekistan seeking millions of dollars of compensation under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty.

Singaporean company pursues deep sea mineral exploration license
Jones Day represented a Singaporean company on its application to the International Seabed Authority for a deep sea mineral exploration license and associated joint venture arrangements.

Kazakh investors initiate ICSID arbitration against Uzbekistan
Jones Day represents Vladislav Kim and 11 other citizens of Kazakhstan in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Uzbekistan instituted pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments.

Additional Publications

  • June 2017Cyclical Criticisms - A Report from the 2017 ITA Workshop, Global Arbitration Review
  • April 2017Taming the "Mercantile Adventurers": Third Party Funding and Investment Arbitration – A Report from the 14th Annual ITA-ASIL Conference, Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • 2015The Adoption by International Tribunals of a Substantive/Transactional Approach to Res Judicata--A New Paradigm in International Dispute Resolution? Charles T Kotuby Jr; James A Egerton-Vernon ICSID Review (doi: 10.1093/icsidreview/siv021)
  • 2015Is Investment Treaty Arbitration a Mechanism to Second-guess Governments' Exercise of Administrative Discretion: Public Law or Lex Mercatoria, in 8 Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law 271, panelist, Kabir Duggal et al. eds., 2015
  • 2015Is Investment Treaty Arbitration a Mechanism to Second-guess Governments' Exercise of Administrative Discretion: Public Law or Lex Mercatoria, in 8 Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law 201, Kabir Duggal et al. eds., 2015
  • January 9, 2015Apotex Inc. v. The Government of the United States of America: Will barriers to Jurisdiction Inhibit an Emerging Trend?, 30(1) ICSID Review (doi:10.1093/icsidreview/siu031)
  • 2014The Year in Review, ABA Section of International Law, Disputes, International Arbitration, Vol. No. 48 ABA/SIL YIR (n.s.) page nos. 119-134
  • 2014, 2013ICSID Review: Editorial Assistant
  • July 25, 2013Ecuador and the anti-investment arbitration movement, Global Arbitration Review

Speaking Engagements

  • October 3, 2018Panel moderator, "The United States and Investment Treaties: The Next Ten Years", #YoungITATalks Event
  • June 20, 2018Moderator and panelist, "A Tour Around the Arbitration World," 30th Annual ITA Workshop and Annual Meeting
  • March 15, 2018ASIL 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, 2017Panelist, "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, 201643rd 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, 2016India's Model Bilateral Investment Treaty - A Critical Analysis, Panel Chair, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre, Annual International Conference: Emerging Frontiers of Arbitration Law
  • October 9, 2015Is 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, 2014Oil and Gas Investment Arbitrations, panelist, Structuring Against the Risk of Adverse Continental Shelf Decisions
  • March 28. 2014Is 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, 2014Current Issues in Investor-State Arbitration, panelist, Georgetown University Law Center, International Arbitration Month
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