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Younan Jennifer

Jennifer Younan

Jennifer Younan is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group.  She has extensive experience advising and representing States, State-owned entities and companies in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations conducted under most major institutional rules, including the ICSID, ICC, LCIA and Swiss Rules, and in ad hoc arbitrations, with a particular focus on investment and energy disputes.  Jennifer Younan has notably participated in several of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration.  Her experience covers a wide range of sectors, including energy (oil and gas, power, nuclear), business combinations (mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures), banking and finance, infrastructure/transportation, construction and general commercial matters. 

Jennifer Younan is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICC Task Force on maximizing the probative value of witness evidence and an Australian Government Delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation.

Jennifer Younan was recently featured in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide, profiles the foremost practitioners in the global arbitration community aged 45 and under and notes that Jennifer Younan is a “delightful individual, very talented and wonderful to work with”. Jennifer Younan is also featured in the edition of Who’s Who Legal: France 2017, where she is described as “an up-and-coming partner who is ‘capable of great things’, according to peers”.

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling in 2003, Jennifer Younan clerked for the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG at the High Court of Australia.

Jennifer Younan is admitted to practice in New South Wales (Australia), England and Wales and Paris (as a foreign qualified lawyer).

Selected Experience

  • Ukraine as Respondent in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin B.V. and Velbay Holdings Ltd. under the Netherlands-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/35). The dispute relates to an aluminium and alumina production company.
  • Two international construction contractors as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in London initiated by a Middle Eastern State-owned company. The dispute concerns the development of a world-class medical facility in the Middle East. The law of the Claimant's State applies.

Selected Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Speaker, “New US Foreign Trade and Investment Policy under Trump”, Kiev Arbitration Days 2017, Kiyv, Ukraine, November 3, 2017
  • Speaker, “Women in arbitration and international law: Tales from the front line”, Equal Representation in Arbitration/Arbitral Women, Vienna, Austria, October 21, 2017
  • Speaker, “The Proposed EU Investment Court”, ABA Section of International Law 2017 Europe Forum, Barcelona, Spain, June 12, 2017
  • Speaker, “Attachment of assets of State-owned entities: piercing the corporate veil in proceedings against a State”, 6th DIS Baltic Arbitration Days, Riga, Latvia, June 2, 2017
  • Speaker, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against States”, Dispute Resolution Training, Kyiv, Ukraine, February 3, 2017
  • Speaker, “Emergency Arbitrators and Interim Relief”, Eastern European Dispute Resolution Forum, Minsk, Belarus, September 23, 2016
  • Speaker, “The Future of International Arbitration after Yukos”, 5th ICC YAF Global Conference, London, June 25-27, 2015
  • Speaker, Dispute Resolution Panel, 10th ECA (Europe-Caucasus-Asia) Legal Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia, June 17-20, 2015
  • Moderator, Workshop “A New Model? The ‘Partnering’ of NGOs and Law Firms in Support of Human Rights”, 61st Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, Paris, September 3-5, 2008
  • State Entities in International Arbitration, IAI Series on International Arbitration No. 4 (Co-editor, Juris Publishing, New York, 2008)
  • Collaboration with Emmanuel Gaillard on his International Arbitration column in the New York Law Journal


  • University of Oxford, Magdalen College, M.Phil.
  • University of Oxford, Magdalen College, B.C.L.
  • University of New South Wales, LL.B.
  • University of New South Wales, B.Com.




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