Elise Edson is counsel in the International Arbitration and Public International Law practices. She is also a member of the Firm’s Energy Innovation, Global Sanctions, and Environmental, Governance & Social (ESG) teams.
Elise represents and advises companies and States in international investment treaty and commercial arbitrations conducted under a variety of rules, including the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL, and in cases arising under the Energy Charter Treaty. Her experience covers a wide range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on energy-related (oil & gas, power, nuclear, and renewables) disputes. Elise has notably participated in some of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration, securing historic victories for the Firm’s clients.
Elise is a member of the Shearman & Sterling team collaborating with UK charity Human Rights at Sea on the innovative Human Rights at Sea Arbitration, which seeks to develop a system for the arbitration of complaints concerning human rights abuses at sea. She has also advised on applications for refugee status and resettlement under the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Elise is qualified in New York and Australia.
Elise Edson’s representative experience includes advising and representing:
LL.M., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
LL.B., First Class Hons, Diploma in Language, French
Diploma in Hispanic Studies
Bachelor of International Studies, Diploma in Language, Spanish
Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level 2
“Enforcement of arbitral awards in the time of sanctions,” ICCYAF: Arbitrating East-West Disputes in the Time of Sanctions, Helsinki, 7 April 2016
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Elise practiced as an associate in the litigation group of an Australian firm, representing parties in complex commercial, corporate governance and national and cross-border bankruptcy disputes. She also clerked for the Hon. Anthony Besanko, Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kathmandu, Nepal, and was a research assistant to a member of the International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.