Areas of Practice
- Yale Law School, J.D., 1991, Yale Law Journal
- Cambridge University, M. Phil, International Relations, 1986, Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Cambridge Review of International Affairs
- Wesleyan University, B.A., Philosophy, 1982
- Justice Byron R. White, US Supreme Court, 1991-1993
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- US District Court of the District of Columbia
- US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- US Supreme Court
Jeffrey F. Pryce
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8121
FAX: +1 202 429 3902
Jeffrey F. Pryce, vice-chair of Steptoe's international arbitration practice, counsels clients on international legal issues and represents them in proceedings to resolve international disputes. He brings an extensive background in arbitration, litigation, government, and diplomacy to a practice focused on successfully resolving complex and multi-jurisdictional legal problems.
International Law and Litigation
International Arbitration. Mr. Pryce has represented clients involved in arbitration before ICSID, the ICSID Additional Facility, the ICC, and other international arbitral fora, as well as cases under UNCITRAL and other ad hoc procedures. He has particular experience in investor-State arbitration, having represented major US corporations in successful nine- and ten-figure arbitrations against foreign governments under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. He also has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, particularly in disputes arising out of energy, infrastructure, and telecommunications contracts. His practice includes arbitration conducted entirely in Spanish.
Jeffrey Pryce is Professorial Lecturer in International Law at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he teaches “The Role of International Tribunals in Dispute Resolution: Investment Arbitration, War Time Damages, Territorial Claims, and the Maritime Boundaries of Fish, Gas and Oil.” Mr. Pryce is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches International Investment Law.
Cross-Border Litigation. Mr. Pryce has extensive experience in cross-border litigation, particularly representing US companies operating internationally. His practice includes US-court litigation implicating issues of international jurisdiction, conflicts of law and foreign law, and the simultaneous management of parallel proceedings in foreign courts or international arbitration. He has represented high-technology clients involved in major litigation in the Bombay High Court and the courts of Geneva. He is experienced in cross-border service of process, international evidence-taking, and the enforcement of foreign judgments.
Public International Law and International Criminal Law. Mr. Pryce advises clients on public international law, including issues of sovereign immunity, diplomatic immunity, treaty law, and the law of war. He also counsels clients on international criminal law.
International Law and Regulation Affecting High Technology. Mr. Pryce has significant experience in international treaties and foreign law affecting electronic communications and e-commerce, and has appeared in hearings on international regulation of electronic networks at the invitation of the EU and the CoE.
Mr. Pryce also is an experienced appellate litigator, appearing before the US Supreme Court in certiorari proceedings, amicus filings, and argued cases, as well as before the federal Courts of Appeal and State Supreme Courts.
Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Pryce served for five years in the House and Senate as a staffer responsible for foreign policy, defense, and judiciary issues.
From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Pryce served as a senior official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As Special Counsel for International Affairs, he was the lead negotiator or a member of the negotiating team for the successful conclusion of nuclear disarmament agreements with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. As Special Assistant and Counselor to the Under Secretary for Policy he had responsibility within the Department for the interagency policymaking process, congressional hearings, and public statements of US international security policy. He participated broadly in bilateral diplomatic discussions, particularly on European security matters, and in internal management of the Department. As Counselor, Mr. Pryce assumed additional lead responsibility for important cross-cutting international issues, including those arising in multilateral diplomacy. He was assigned to be the senior Defense representative on the US delegation to the Rome Conference on the ICC, and led the US delegation to NATO EAPC talks on controlling the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
Recommended, Legal 500 US 2012; Investment Treaty Arbitration
Select News & Events
- Jeff Pryce Quoted by Canadian Media on Syrian Chemical Weapons Negotiations
- Media Interview Jeff Pryce on Potential Syria Strike
- Emerging Issues in Investor-State Arbitration, 2013 Latin America/US M&A Trends, Trade, and Regulation Forum, June 21, 2013
- Jeff Pryce Appears on Spanish Language TV to Discuss Syria Conflict, Delivery of Russian Missiles
- Radio Univision Interviews Steptoe's Pryce Regarding Crisis in North Korea
- Jefferson Public Radio Interviews Jeff Pryce on Iran’s Nuclear Program
- Steptoe Receives 17 Practice, 47 Individual Mentions in Legal 500 US 2012
- "Provisional Measures and Set-Aside – National Courts in the International Arbitration Ecosystem," Georgetown University International Arbitration Society Spring Conference, April 13, 2012
- Ethical Issues in Commercial and Investment Arbitration, March 8, 2012
- The Rise of General Exceptions in Bilateral Investment Treaties, Georgetown International Arbitration Society Fall Conference, November 4, 2011
- Investment Arbitration Forum, Mexico City, September 3, 2011
- Jeff Pryce Chairs Roundtable Discussion at American Society of International Law, March 26, 2011
- Consolidation of Proceedings in Investor-State Arbitration: From the Iran-US Claims Tribunal to the NAFTAThe Iran-US Claims Tribunal at 25: The Cases Everyone Needs to Know (co-author with Lucinda Low)
2007, Gibson and Drahozal, eds. (Oxford)
- Secretary, Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs
- Council on Foreign Relations
- American Society of International Law (Program Committee, 2011 Annual Meeting)
- Vice Chair, DC Bar Committee on Public International and International Criminal Law, 2003-2005
- Washington Steering Committee, USCIB International Arbitration Committee
- Peer Review Board, ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal