A UK-qualified lawyer, Juliya Arbisman has a broad international law practice with a focus on complex jurisdictions (Middle East and Africa, and CIS), complex industries (mining), and complex claims (parallel criminal-civil proceedings). Juliya is experienced in serving as lead counsel in international arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC, ICDR, SCC, SIAC, Swiss Chamber, PCA, ICSID and ad hoc rules. She represents clients in a number of court-based applications regarding arbitration (in the UK and elsewhere), including injunctions, set-aside claims, and enforcement proceedings.
Juliya has particular experience in mining sector cases involving both public and private projects that ranged in value from $100m to $7bn in many EMEA locations. Juliya holds a Non-Executive Director position in a mining advisory firm in London.
Juliya also has substantial experience on protection of property and fair process cases in international and regional courts in Africa and Americas. She acts as overseas counsel to support legal claims from Commonwealth jurisdictions, including at the Privy Council. These claims have ranged from judicial review over energy regulation, judicial review over declaration of marine protection area that had excluded an aboriginal population in the Indian Ocean, habeas corpus and other submissions invoking diplomatic and consular law.
Peer recognized in the field of business and human rights, having led the executive committee of the Law Society of England and Wales on developing professional guidance on this subject and is a ranked individual in this area in Chambers and Partners.
- Solicitor, England & Wales
- Solicitor Advocate - Civil, England & Wales
- Solicitor Advocate - Criminal, England & Wales
- Foreign Legal Consultant - District of Columbia
- LL.B., London College of Law
- Certificate in International Public Law, Oxford University
- B.A., Wesleyan University, (with honors)
- Represented investors in several ICSID and ad hoc arbitration claims regarding expropriation of post-discovery mining concessions in Central and Eastern Africa, including pursuit of enforcement and recognition proceedings in Africa, Europe, and the US.
- Represented a west African sovereign in an ICC proceeding concerning a substantial infrastructure project.
- Represented an investor of a Canadian gold mine, at the center of a high-stakes corporate shake-down of a Russian company, with litigation in multiple jurisdictions.
- Represented a Copperbelt mine in an ICSID claim arising under a stabilisation agreement.
- Represented a mine in a London and a Johannesburg arbitration regarding tariff schemes under the South African Power Pool.
- Represented a shareholder in a derivative action brought by a sub-Saharan Government shareholder, held in a London-seated UNCITRAL arbitration, and acted as coordinating counsel in related proceedings in local courts, invoking issues of res judicata.
- Represented a Canadian investor in a London-seated ICC arbitration against an oil and gas consortium concerning an oil lease in Nigeria, including coordination with Nigerian lawyers in anti-suit injunction.
- Represented a financial institution in an LCIA London-seated arbitration concerning related group companies.
- Represented an investment fund and its manager as defendants to a London High Court case concerning breach of fiduciary duties including conflict of interest.
- Represented various clients in multiple proceedings concerning restitution and property claims under international BIT instruments, the Energy Charter Treaty, and of the European Convention on Human Rights.
- Represented various clients and provided advice on international fair process rights associated with politically-motivated prosecutions.
News & Publications
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June 7, 2021
- Chambers Global, Business & Human Rights Law (2019)
- Women In Mining
- Pro Bono Legal Panel for Africa and CIS, UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (UK - FCO)
- American Society of International Law
- British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
- Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association