Professor Emmanuel Gaillard founded and heads Shearman & Sterling’s 100-lawyer International Arbitration practice. He is also Global Head of the Firm’s Disputes Unit.
He has advised and represented companies, States and State-owned entities in hundreds of international arbitrations. He also acts as arbitrator and expert witness.
Professor Emmanuel Gaillard is universally regarded as a leading authority in the fields of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration.
Over the course of his career, Professor Gaillard has acted on many international arbitration landmark cases. In addition to the $50 billion award secured for the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company, he acted on the ICC arbitration brought by The Dow Chemical Company against Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, which led to a $2.47 billion award in favor of Dow Chemical.
Professor Gaillard is widely regarded as one of the top practitioners worldwide. He is one of the only two lawyers to be recognized as a worldwide ‘star individual’ in international arbitration by Chambers. He is also distinguished as the number one thought leader worldwide in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2020. Professional directories and publications have noted Professor Gaillard’s “incredible wealth of knowledge and experience” and “fantastic record in the field”. He is praised for “his understanding of multiple perspectives to a case” and “universally recognised as one of the stars of international arbitration”. Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Arbitration 2018 comments that he is “absolutely outstanding” and “a real star in the field”. A previous edition of the same guide had stated that “there is no one in this profession better or even equally formidable.”
A Professor of Law in France and a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, he has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law, in French and in English. Co-author of a leading treatise in the field (Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration), he authored the first published essay on the legal theory of international arbitration. The volume, originally published in French (Aspects Philosophiques du droit de l’arbitrage international), was subsequently published in English (Legal Theory of International Arbitration), as well as in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and a number of other languages. He co-authored, as expert acting for UNCITRAL, the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the New York Convention, published in five official languages of the United Nations.
Professor Gaillard also served as member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, appointed by France (2006–2018). He chairs the International Arbitration Institute (IAI) and was the first President and one of the co-founders of the International Academy for Arbitration Law (AIDA).
Emmanuel Gaillard has acted as Chair, Sole arbitrator or member of the tribunal in arbitrations conducted in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of ICSID, ICC, LCIA, IACAC, AAA, CRCICA, the Franco-German and the Zagreb chambers of commerce, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as in ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) proceedings. Arbitrations in the public domain include:
Emmanuel Gaillard regularly appears as expert in international arbitration proceedings as well as in court proceedings, in particular with respect to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in a number of countries.
Involvements as expert include:
D.E.A. Criminal Law
D.E.A. Private Law