In recognition of her contributions to the global legal profession, Shearman & Sterling International Arbitration partner Yas Banifatemi was honored by Harvard Law School as part of its International Women’s Day celebrations.
To commemorate International Women’s Day, the school presented a photography exhibition, “Inspiring Change, Inspiring Us,” that featured portraits of Banifatemi and other women lawyers and policymakers who are making meaningful and inspirational contributions in their fields.
Noted for her “sharp intellect” and as “an important person in the world of international arbitration,” Banifatemi, who heads Shearman & Sterling’s highly regarded global Public International Law practice, advises and represents states, state-owned entities, and companies on both public international law and international arbitration issues. She earned her Ph.D. in International Law from Panthéon-Assas University and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Nominated by Harvard law students, faculty, and staff, the honorees included notable political figures such as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission Chair Asma Jahangir, US Ambassador Samantha Power, and US Senators Kelly Ayotte, Wendy Davis, Elizabeth Dole, and Elizabeth Warren; judges such as Justice Louise Arbour, Judge Unity Dow, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Elena Kagan, Judge Judith Kaye, retired Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and many other leading advocates, lecturers, and lawyers.
Emmanuel Gaillard, head of Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice, said, “Yas has been most instrumental in the development of our practice and I feel most fortunate that we have her in our ranks. I am happy that she is getting the recognition that she deserves.”
“It is a great honor for me to be featured in this exhibition,” Banifatemi said. “The time I spent at Harvard Law School was a life-changing experience. I am grateful for all that I have learned and for this recognition.”
The exhibit took place through March 14 at Harvard Law School.