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Iris Sauvagnac focuses her practice on commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, and complex disputes. She has experience advising private companies, states, and state-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under major institutional rules.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Iris was an intern in the international arbitration departments at several leading law firms in Paris and Barcelona.

During her time at the Paris Bar School, Iris successfully completed the advanced program in investment arbitration and with her team won the First Highest Ranked Claimant Memorial in the 2017 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot.


  • Telecommunications company defends ICC and LAMC arbitrations relating to Middle Eastern shareholder disputesJones Day is representing a telecommunications company in several parallel ICC and LAMC arbitration proceedings relating to shareholder disputes connected with the ownership of an affiliated company in the Middle East.
  • Additional Publications

    • February 2021
      Investment Arbitration Counsel’s Role in the Progressive Development of International Law, co-authored with Elie Kleiman and Charles T. Kotuby, book chapter in Katia Fach Goméz (ed.), Private Actors in International Investment Law, European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Springer
    • 2020
      American Bar Association’s The Year in Review, International Arbitration, co-authored with Elie Kleiman the French and African sections (2020 edition, forthcoming publication) and authored the African section (2019 edition, published)

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    FDI Moot 2017: First Highest Ranked Claimant Memorial, Paris Bar School Team, TDM 5 (2017)

    The international character of arbitration under French law: a single criterion?, Business & Law Review (RD&A), peer-reviewed, 13th edition (2016), pp. 226-245

    Speaking Engagements

    • 2021
      Participant in the oral submissions course of the Delos ROAP LATAM 2021