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Carla Gharibian represents clients in complex investor-state and commercial arbitrations, with a particular focus on public international law and treaty-based claims. She also advises clients on international trade issues, including compliance counseling. Carla is currently counseling clients on compliance with state and local regulations in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Carla has represented clients in international arbitrations under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rules. Her experience spans a wide range of disputes, including contract and treaty-based claims as well as claims under foreign laws.

In addition, Carla has advised clients on economic sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. Her experience in this area includes providing guidance on a variety of export and sanctions-related risks in proposed transactions.

While in law school, Carla served in the East Bay Community Law Center and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, which provide pro bono legal services to the Bay Area. During this time she worked on a variety of matters, including asylum proceedings and criminal records remedies.


  • U.S. construction company arbitrates dispute with Panama for violation of applicable treaties between U.S. and PanamaJones Day is representing a U.S. construction company in an international arbitration conducted under the Rules of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes against the Republic of Panama.
  • Kazakh investors initiate ICSID arbitration against UzbekistanJones 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.
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