Jean PierreHarb


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Jean Pierre Harb has been practicing for more than 20 years in the areas of international commercial arbitration and construction law. He routinely represents clients in pre-arbitration phases (including Dispute Adjudication Boards [DABs] and mediations) and acts as lead counsel or co-counsel in ad hoc and institutional international arbitration proceedings (International Chamber of Commerce [ICC], United Nations Commission on International Trade [UNCITRAL], London Court of International Arbitration [LCIA], International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes [ICSID], American Arbitration Association [AAA], Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce [SCC], Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa [OHADA], Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration [CRCICA], Dubai International Arbitration Centre [DIAC], and Swiss Chambers). He also regularly acts as chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator in such proceedings.

Jean Pierre has been nominated to the panels of several arbitration institutions and has significant experience working in jurisdictions beyond France, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

Jean Pierre conducts arbitration in the fields of civil construction, engineering, procurement, oil and gas projects, aviation, hotel management, development projects, shareholders and joint venture disputes, distribution, and service agreements.

Jean Pierre is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and of various arbitration institutions.

He has been recognized by Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, and Who's Who Legal: Construction.


  • Emirati contractor disputes termination of contract in Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised an Emirati contractor in a dispute before the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) and the Saudi Courts arising out of an alleged wrongful termination of certain design and build works for the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.
  • 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, as well as ICSID arbitration related to the expropriation of an investment.
  • Major middle-eastern construction company successfully settles construction dispute related to significant refinery project in Saudi ArabiaJones Day has advised and successfully settled on behalf of a major middle-eastern construction company a significant dispute against the main contractor for prolongation costs, disruption, and other claims arising out of the performance of subcontracting work on a significant refinery project in Saudi Arabia.
  • Global construction company seeks counsel in US$400 million ICC arbitration arising out of oil refinery project in Middle EastJones Day is advising a global construction company in relation to Swiss law, Swiss seated arbitrations against international oil companies arising out of the construction of an oil refinery in the Middle East.
  • Construction company arbitrates dispute relating to construction of petrochemical plantJones Day is representing a construction company in an arbitration proceeding relating to additional work resulting from a force majeure event and changes in the scope of the construction of a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia, under the law of England.
  • North African state arbitrates dispute in PCA relating to destruction of an aircraftJones Day is representing a North African state in PCA arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules brought by two foreign investors seeking compensation of damages resulting from the destruction of an aircraft, under bilateral investment treaties.
  • Telecommunications company arbitrates shareholder disputes relating to ownership of affiliated companyJones Day is representing a telecommunications company in five parallel arbitration proceedings relating to shareholder disputes connected with the ownership of an affiliated company in the Middle East.
  • Investor arbitrates breach of contract claim against Middle Eastern state-owned entity before ICCJones Day represented an investor in an ICC arbitration involving breach of contract claims against a Middle Eastern state-owned entity in relation to the development of a hotel project.
  • Oil company arbitrates dispute related to LNG plantJones Day is representing a major European oil company in a USD 1.5 billion ICC arbitration with an EPC contractor concerning delays and additional work in the turnkey construction of an oil and gas extraction and processing plant in North Africa.
  • Construction company arbitrates dispute relating to hook-up and commissioning contract for Kashagan offshore oil fieldsA construction company represented by Jones Day successfully settled a dispute over claims for payment of variation orders and escalation rates in connection with commissioning and procurement work on the Kashagan offshore oil field in the North Caspian sea.
  • Investor resolves shareholder dispute over funding of power project in AfricaJones Day represented an investor in an ICC arbitration brought by Swedish and Mauritian investors in connection with the funding and construction of a coal power plant in Senegal.
  • Chemical company resolve BIT dispute with South Asia stateJones Day advised a chemical company and successfully settled a dispute with a South Asia state relating to claims under a bilateral investment treaty.
  • EPC Korean contractor disputes contract in Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised a Korean EPC contractor and successfully settled the dispute relating to two major polypropylene projects in Saudi Arabia.
  • Consortium of construction companies in CRCICA arbitration in Egypt involving landmark projectJones Day is representing a consortium of construction companies in CRCICA arbitration in Egypt, governed by Egyptian law, in relation to claims for variation and extension of time on a landmark project in Egypt.
  • Real estate developer and contractor defends against ICC arbitration in GenevaJones Day is acting for a real estate developer and a contractor in ICC arbitration in Geneva, governed by Qatari law, brought by an investor in relation to the construction and delivery of real estate properties in the Pearl Project in Doha, Qatar.
  • Major construction company defends against ICC arbitration concerning gas pipeline in QatarJones Day is acting for a major construction company in an ICC arbitration brought by a subcontractor in relation to additional works performed on a gas pipeline in Qatar.
  • South African packaged goods company disputes merger in ICC arbitrationJones Day is representing a major fast-moving consumer packaged goods company from South Africa in an ICC arbitration in a post merger dispute with a French food company.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Acted for a construction company in various arbitrations relating to infrastructure projects in the Gulf and in Central Asia.

    Acted for an Arab state-owned company in relation to post-award dispute in France.

    Acted for a Central Asian bank in ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute over a demand guarantee and the sale of a factory.

    Acted for a subcontractor in ad hoc arbitration against the main contractor in relation to caliper and cleaning issues of some sections of the "BTC pipeline."

    Represented a French manufacturer of aircraft components in ICC arbitration against a major aircraft company.

    Represented an oil & gas company in a dispute with an operator under a share production agreement in the Gulf.

    Acted for the designer of a shipyard crane against a Chinese state-owned company in relation to breach of cooperation and confidentiality agreements and ownership of patent.

    Acted for a Central Asian state in ad hoc (UNCITRAL) arbitration brought by a Swiss company pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty.

    Represented a U.S. franchisor of a coaching program in ICC arbitration brought by a French franchisee.

    Represented a major contractor in UNCITRAL arbitration against a Middle Eastern state in relation to the performance of an EPC contract.

    Acted for two major airline companies in ICC arbitration involving European competition law issues.

    Acted for a major French pharmaceutical company in ICC arbitration related to the termination of a license/distribution agreement.

    Represented a major construction company in ICC arbitration brought by a subcontractor in relation to marine infrastructure works in the Gulf.

    Acted for a major tobacco company in ad hoc arbitration brought by a licensee.

    Acted for a French manufacturer of luxurious perfumes and cosmetics in ICC arbitration against a European distributor.

    Acted in ICC proceedings for a Japanese manufacturer of baby car seats against a French supplier in relation to a dispute over defective products.

    Represented a U.S. major cocoa company in ICC arbitration brought by a consultant.

    • 30 November 2023
      Construction and Infrastructure disputes in the MENA Region, Science Po
    • 8 November 2023
      L’arbitrage d’investissement au service du Made in Morocco – Made in Morocco Days
    • 31 October 2023
      European perspective of the UK Reforms in commercial arbitration – ARBITRA
    • October 19, 2018
      Independence and Impartiality of Party Appointed Expert - PMG Seminar
    • September 20, 2017
      From Construction Claims to Arbitration: lessons learned - CIArb/CRCICA Joint Conference
    • February 29, 2016
      Arbitrators’ Responsibilities to Avoid Conflicts of Interest, 31st Annual Joint Symposium of Arbitrators, Queen Mary SIA / ICC Institute
    • February 11, 2016
      Arbitrators and Specialized Knowledge - GAR Live
    • October 28-November 1, 2015
      Emergency Arbitrator: An Arbitrator’s Perspective, UIA 59th Congress
    • October 25-26, 2015
      Effective Management of Construction Arbitration, ICC - Society of Construction Law Annual Conference
    • May 27, 2015
      Emergency Arbitration, ICC Asia Regional Conference
    • May 25-27, 2015
      ICC Asia Regional Conference on International Arbitration - The Role of In-house Counsel in Arbitration Proceedings
    • February 12, 2015
      Emergency Arbitration and Interim Measures, ICC YAF
    • December 5, 2014
      Dispute Resolution in Aeronautics, ICC Conference
    • October 20-22, 2014
      ICC PIDA: Selection and Appointment of Arbitrators
    • June 27, 2014
      Ethics for counsel and parties in international arbitration, Chambre de Commerce franco-arabe
    • March 10-12, 2014
      ICC 2nd annual MENA Conference
    • December 5, 2013
      ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
    • June 11, 2013
      ICC PIDA Training on International Commercial Arbitration
    • November 19-23, 2011
      Claim Procedure under FIDIC Contracts
    • October 6, 2011
      The New ICC Rules
    • June 9-11, 2011
      ICC arbitration rules, ICC Workshop
    • May 12, 2011
      The new IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration
    • April 4, 2011
      The Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, MACI, Versailles University
    • March 30, 2011
      New arbitration rules in France
    • May 10, 2010
      Confidentiality in Arbitration, Petrobras seminar
    • April 20, 2010
      Arbitration in the Gulf, Siemens seminar
    • June 30, 2009
      Privilege and Arbitration
    • March 26, 2009
      Reducing the Costs of Arbitration Proceedings
    • February 6, 2009
      Enforcement of Arbitration Award, Barcelona Bar
    • January 22, 2007
      Take the Witness, Juris Conference