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Alexander J. Marcopoulos


Alexander Marcopoulos is counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group.  He represents companies and States in commercial, investor/State and maritime arbitrations carried out under the auspices of a variety of institutional rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC and the LMAA.  His practice focuses particularly on disputes in the energy, shipping and maritime sectors.

Alexander has also worked with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, assisting in the prosecution of those accused of participating in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

Selected Experience

Recent or pending matters on which Alexander Marcopoulos has worked include the representation of:

  • Five gas importers as Respondents in SCC and UNCITRAL arbitrations in Stockholm initiated by an upstream supplier. The disputes arise from a gas price review clause in long-term supply contracts. Swedish law applies.
  • A French-German consortium in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against a Finnish utility company.  The dispute arises from an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.  Finnish law governs and the language of the proceedings is English.  EUR 6.1 billion is at stake.

  • A US investment bank in relation to the assignment of bills of lading and issues concerning vessel arrest and cargo seizure in international waters.


  • Co-Author, Planning for the Worst to Manage the Best : A Proactive Approach to Managing Construction Disputes, Magazine des Affaires – Special Infrastructure (2015) (with Alex Bevan)
  • Author, Flags of Terror: An Argument for Rethinking Maritime Security Policy Regarding Flags of Convenience, 32 Tul. Mar. L. J. 277 (2008)
  • Author, Ferrostaal v. M/V Sea Phoenix: The Third Circuit’s Sinking of the Fair Opportunity Doctrine, 31 Tul. Mar. L. J. 679 (2007)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “International Arbitration: An Unavoidable Yet Advantageous Dispute Resolution System,” 1st Greek Law Digest Conference, February 2017
  • “Building blocks of a successful International Arbitration Career,” ICC YAF Conference, London, April 2013


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
    • Managing Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • New York University, B.A. Economics and Philosophy



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