Emmanuel Gaillard is Global Head of Disputes Group and Head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice.
He advises and represents companies, States and State-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and is universally regarded as a leading authority and a star practitioner in both these fields. He also acts as arbitrator and expert witness.
Over the course of his career, Emmanuel Gaillard has acted on many of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration. 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, previously distinguished as the largest arbitral award rendered in the history of international arbitration.
A Professor of Law in France currently acting as a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, Emmanuel Gaillard 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 also 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 other languages. He also co-authored the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the New York Convention.
Emmanuel Gaillard served as member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, appointed by France. He regularly acts as expert for the OECD, UNCTAD, and UNCITRAL. 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 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