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Christopher M. Ryan

Partner
Christopher Ryan is a partner in the International Arbitration Group at Shearman & Sterling. He has extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation, and has represented private and governmental clients in disputes before ICC, AAA, ICSID, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitral tribunals, NAFTA Chapter 19 dispute resolution panels, and U.S. federal courts. He also has advised U.S. and foreign companies on various issues of public and private international law, investment and trade policy, and strategies for mitigating the risks associated with foreign investment.

Christopher Ryan is a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches a course on international investment law and investor-State disputes. He also teaches a course on international commercial arbitration at The George Washington University Law School. In 2005, he was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, where he researched and wrote on the calculation of damages in international arbitration.

Selected Experience

  • A State-owned Latin American oil and gas company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration against a contractor involving the expansion of a refinery. The seat of arbitration is The Hague.
  • An international joint venture as Respondent and Counterclaimant and in an ICDR arbitration in New York initiated by a North Asian company. The dispute arose from an agreement for the construction of a chemical plant in North America. Issues included delay and defective works. New York law applied.
  • A North American agro-sciences company as Claimant and counterclaim respondent in AAA arbitration in Illinois against a plant breeding company regarding the alleged breach of a collaborative research and development agreement.  Approximately USD 400 million was at stake. Illinois law applied.
  • An Asian engineering and construction contractor as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in New York against a North American owner. The dispute arises from an agreement for the  construction of a coal gasification facility in the United States.  New York law applies.
  • The Dow Chemical Company in an ICC arbitration in London against Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) arising out of the failure of the latter to close a large joint venture transaction. English law applied. Dow was awarded more than USD 2.47 billion. PIC's challenge to the award in the High Court in London, brought under the English Arbitration Act, was rejected, as was PIC's application for leave to appeal.

Selected Publications

  • "A Common Right to Arbitrate: Anti-Suit Injunctions in New York and England," N.Y.L.J., July 18, 2016 (co-author)
  • "Forum Non Conveniens Defeats Enforcement of International Arbitration Award: Figueiredo Ferraz E Engenharia de Projeto Ltda v. The Republic of Peru et al.," 665 F.3d 384 (2d Cir, 2011), 15(2) Int'l Arb. L. Rev. 56 (2012)
  • "U.S. Developments on the Enforcement of Awards Set Aside by the Courts of the Seat of Arbitration," in International Arbitration Court Decisions (S. Bond and F. Bachand eds., 3d. ed. 2011)
  • "New York Civil Practice Law and Rule 3102(s): A Potential Tool for Parties Seeking Discovery in Aid of Arbitration," Transnational Dispute Management (2011, Vol. 1)
  • "Discerning the Compliance Calculus: Why States Comply with International Investment Law," 38 Geo. J. Int’l & Comp. L 63 (2009)
  • "Managing the International Arbitral Process," in Proceedings of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association’s 2009 Short Course on International Mining Law (2009)
  • "Meeting Expectations: Assessing the Long-Term Legitimacy and Stability of International Investment Law," 29 U. Penn. J. Int’l L. 725 (2008)
  • "Hall Street Associates v. Mattel: The Supreme Court Eliminates 'Manifest Disregard' as a Ground for Vacating an Arbitral Award," National Law Journal, May 12, 2008
  • "Enforcement in the United States of an International Arbitration Award Set Aside in the Country of Origin," 2007(2) Stockholm Int’l Arb. Rev. 150 (2007)
  • "Means to be Made Whole: Damages in the Context of International Investment Arbitration," in Evaluation of Damages in International Arbitration 165 (Dossiers: ICC Institute of World Business Law 2006)
  • "The Interplay Between Treaty and Contract Claims in the Bayindar Decision," 17(11) World Med. & Arb. Rep. 361 (2006) (co-author)
  • "A New Framework for International Investment: Changes in the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty," 16(2) World Med. & Arb. Rep. (2005)

Selected Presentations and Conferences

  • The Presentation of Evidence in International Arbitration – Rules and Practice, Presentation at the International Law Institute Program on International Commercial Arbitration, Washington, D.C. May 2012
  • Member of the faculty for a three-day program entitled “Advanced Techniques for Handling an International Arbitration Case,” sponsored by the Federacao das Industrias do Estado de São Paolo and the Center on International Commercial Arbitration. São Paulo, Brazil. April 2012
  • Has Authoritative Interpretation Perverted the Treatment Standard in NAFTA? Presentation at the Sixth Annual Juris Conference entitled “NAFTA, CAFTA and Beyond? Investment Protection in the Americas.” Washington, D.C. March 2012
  • Avoiding Parallel Proceedings Under International Investment Law. Presentation at the International Law Institute’s Annual Course on Investment Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration. Washington, D.C. November 2011
  • International Commercial Arbitration and International Investment Law. Presentations at the Institute for U.S. Law, 2011 Summer Course series on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Washington, D.C. August 2011
  • The Intersection Between International Investment and International Trade Law: An Overview of Dispute Resolution Processes. Presentation at the International Law Institute. Washington, D.C. January 2011
  • The Evolution of the American Judicial Perspective on International Arbitration. Presentation at the University of Virginia School of Law, J.B. Moore International Law Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Charlottesville, VA. October 2010
  • Handling Competition Issues in International Arbitration. Presentation at the American University Washington College of Law’s Seventh Annual Conference on International Commercial Arbitration. Washington, D.C. October 2010
  • When do Arbitrators Become Functus Officio and Lose their Authority to Decide? Presentation at a conference entitled “International Arbitration and the Finality of Awards – A Tour d’ Horizon,” hosted by the Thomson/Reuters and the Georgetown University School of Law. Washington, D.C. September 2010
  • International Commercial Arbitration: Presentation at the Institute for U.S. Law, 2010 Summer Course series on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Washington, D.C. August 2010
  • Dispute Resolution under NAFTA Chapters 11 and 19. Presentation at the International Law Institute’s course entitled “Dispute Mechanism of the WTO.” Washington, D.C. December 2009
  • The Growing Interplay between International Arbitration and U.S. Litigation: The State of the Federal Policy Favoring Arbitration. Presentation at the University of Virginia School of Law, J.B. Moore International Law Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Charlottesville, VA. November 2009
  • The Necessity Defense in International Investment Law: Predictors for State Decision-Making in the Current Global Economic Crisis. Presentation on a panel entitled “State of Necessity and Force Majeure in an Age of Global Economic Crisis” at the American Bar Association International Law Section’s Annual Meeting. Miami, FL. October 2009
  • The Future of International Investment Law – Responding to Current Challenges. Presentation at an International Law Institute program entitled “Foreign Investment Agreements and International Investment Disputes.” (October 2009)
  • Managing the International Arbitral Process. Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association’s Short Course on International Mining Law. (May 2009)
  • Substantive Protections Available to Foreign Investors under International Investment Law. Presentation at a seminar entitled “International Trade and Arbitration: Emerging Issues in an Interconnected World,” hosted by the Duke University School of Law and the Duke Center for Comparative Law. (February 2009)
  • The Current State of International Investment Law. Presentation at conference entitled “International Commercial Arbitration: 50 Years After the New York Convention,” University of Georgia School of Law/Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law (January 2009)
  • Assessing the Cost of Compliance: A Critical Assessment of Why States Adhere to International Investment Law. Presentation at a conference entitled “Politics in International Law” sponsored by the American Society of International Law (November 2008)
  • Meeting Expectations: Assessing the Long-Term Legitimacy of International Investment Law. Presentation at a symposium entitled “International Investment and Transnational Litigation: Challenges of Expanding Investor-State Disputes,” presented by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law (February 2007)
  • Potential Systemic Challenges to the International Investment Law Regime. Presentation at The George Washington University Law School (February 2006)
  • Discussant on a panel entitled, International Dispute Resolution, at the Southern Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting (January 2006)
  • The Role of State Consent in the Development and Enforcement of International Investment Law. Presentation at the Southern Political Association’s Annual Meeting (January 2006)
  • The Convergence of International Trade and Investment Issues. Presentation at Howard University Law School (November 2005)
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Education

  • Yale Law School, Visiting Scholar, 2005
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2000, with honors
  • Villanova University, M.A., 1993
  • Temple University, B.A., 1992, Honors Program 

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