James Egerton-Vernon

Jones Day


United States and England & Wales

Washington, D.C.

Oil & Gas
Uranium mining
Gold mining


Bachelor of Arts: Oxford University, St. Peter's College (French & Portuguese)
BPP Law School: Postgraduate Diploma in Law
BPP Law School: Legal Practice Course
Georgetown University Law Center: LLM (International Legal Studies)


“The United States and Investment Treaties: The Next Ten Years”, Young ITA Talks, Washington, D.C. (October 3, 2018)
“US Law and International Commercial Arbitration: A Changing Landscape”, Young ITA Talks, New York (September 25, 2018)
“A Tour Around the Arbitration World”, 30th Annual ITA Workshop, Dallas, Texas (June 20, 2018)
American Society of International Law, Young Arbitrator Debate Series, Debater of the Motion: “This house believes that no conflict arises when an arbitrator is appointed to decide a case that raises an issue on which that arbitrator has already issued an opinion or a decision”, Washington D.C. (March 15, 2018)
“Business Lawyering for All Stages of the Company Life Cycle”, 43rd Annual Advanced Business Law Conference, Virginia (April 23, 2016)
“India’s Model Bilateral Investment Treaty – A Critical Analysis”, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre, Annual International Conference: Emerging Frontiers of Arbitration Law, Mumbai, India (February 13, 2016)
“Is the Definitive Arbitral Award No Longer What it Used to Be? Arbitral Appeals, Annulment or Quality Control of Arbitral Awards”, V Encontro Internacional de Arbitragem de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal (October 9, 2015) [Presenting in Portuguese]
“Oil and Gas Investment Arbitrations, Structuring Against the Risk of Adverse Continental Shelf Decisions”, Houston Oil & Gas Investment Arbitration Conference, Houston, Texas (October 31, 2014)
“Is Investment Treaty Arbitration a Mechanism to Second-guess Governments’ Exercise of Administrative Discretion: Public Law or Lex Investoria?”, Eighth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2014) [Defending my paper of the same title before a panel of three well-known practitioners.]
“Current Issues in Investor-State Arbitration”, Georgetown University Law Center, International Arbitration Month. (February 11, 2014)

“The Year in Review”, ABA Section of International Law, Disputes, International Arbitration, Brazil (Forthcoming)
“Is Denial of Justice the Only Substantive Standard Theory of Liability for Judicial Measures?”, Judicial Measures and Investment Treaty Law, TDM 2 (2019)
“Cyclical Criticisms – A Report from the 2017 ITA Workshop”, Global Arbitration Review (June 22, 2017)
“Taming the ‘Mercantile Adventurers’: Third Party Funding and Investment Arbitration – A Report from the 14th Annual ITA-ASIL Conference”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (April 21, 2017)
“Apotex Holdings Inc and Apotex Inc v The Government of the United States of America: The Adoption by International Tribunals of a Substantive/Transactional Approach to Res Judicata – A New Paradigm in International Dispute Resolution?”, 30(3) ICSID Review (2015)
“Is Investment Treaty Arbitration a Mechanism to Second-guess Governments’ Exercise of Administrative Discretion: Public Law or Lex Mercatoria”, 8 Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law 271 (2015)
“Apotex Inc. v. The Government of the United States of America: Will Barriers to Jurisdiction Inhibit an Emerging Trend?”, 30(1) ICSID Review (2015)
“The Year in Review”, ABA Section of International Law, Disputes, International Arbitration, Vol. No. 48 ABA/ISIL YIR (n.s.) page nos. 119-134 (2014)
“Steps in the Right Direction”, Latin Lawyer (January 22, 2014)
“Ecuador and the anti-investment arbitration movement”, Global Arbitration Review (July 25, 2013)

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Adjunct Professor of Law (International Arbitration), 2015-present
Included on the roster of arbitrators of the Arbitration Center of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (2016-present)

Assistant Editor, ICSID Review, (2013-2016)
North America Representative for “Young ITA”, (2018-2019), Institute of Transnational Arbitration
Assistant Reporter to the Institute of Transnational Arbitration on English arbitration-related court rulings (2007-2011)
Member: Young ITA; ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum; LCIA Young International Arbitration Group; ICDR Young and International

James Egerton-Vernon has more than 12 years of experience focused on investor-state and international commercial arbitration and on international litigation. Dual-qualified as an English solicitor and New York lawyer and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, James has acted in multiple arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SCC, and SIAC rules across a range of sectors and industries, including oil, uranium and gold mining, gas, telecommunications, and construction projects.

James is currently advising multiple investors with high-value investment claims against Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin American states and played a key role on a recent case setting important legal precedents on the rules of treaty succession. His prior representations include advising: clients with investments in the Venezuelan oil sector, in both English and Spanish, on their claims arising out of unilateral changes to the hydrocarbon regime in that country; a Brazilian energy company on a construction dispute with its Italian joint venture partner; a Kuwaiti fertilizer company in ICSID proceedings against Egypt; a Romanian energy company in ICC proceedings against a Russian oligarch; a U.S. energy company in ICC proceedings against its Indian co-contractor; and a Spanish entertainment company involved in Madrid-based LCIA dispute proceedings.

James is included on the roster of arbitrators of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, served as North America Regional Chair for Young ITA, is a member of many other international arbitration associations, and was previously an assistant editor of ICSID Review. He is a frequent speaker and author on commercial and investor-state arbitration and an adjunct professor of International Arbitration at the University of Maryland.

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