Anticipating and managing investment arbitration claims: Tips and recommendations for an efficient defence

Date & time

11.30am–1pm Friday 13 October 2017


Treaties Room

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton


Patrick W Pearsall, Former Chief of Investment Arbitration for the United States


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Nicole Harman

Presented by DFAT Diplomatic Academy, Legal Faculty, in association with the Attorney-General’s Department and the ANU School of Regulation & Global Governance and Centre for International & Public Law.

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Investment arbitration

Patrick W Pearsall, the former Chief of Investment Arbitration for the United States, will present his recommendations on how to run an efficient and successful defence when confronted with an investment arbitration claim. Patrick will touch upon several topics, including: how to best structure the office meant to handle the claim, what to have in place before a claim is brought, what to look for in outside consultants and experts, and how to educate the agencies most likely to get into trouble in an effort to avoid future problems.


  • Patrick W Pearsall »

    Patrick W Pearsall is the Chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s Public International Law practice. He has extensive experience representing sovereigns and investors in multi-billion dollar international disputes. Patrick was in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department from January 2009 to June 2017 and served as the Chief of Investment Arbitration from 2015 to his departure. He litigated claims on behalf of the United States when disputes were brought under treaties and free trade agreements, such as bilateral investment treaties and FTAs (including the NAFTA and the CAFTA-DR).

    Mr Pearsall has taught at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and Yale Law School and currently is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center.


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