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Emilie Gonin

Year of call:
2015. Registered European Lawyer practising in England and Wales: 2011


Emilie specialises in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, public international law and extradition.

Emilie has represented corporations, states and sovereign entities in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. She has experience of arbitrations conducted under the major arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, HKIAC, UNCITRAL) across a range of sectors, including energy, financial and telecoms disputes. She also has expertise in proceedings related to arbitration disputes before English and other Commonwealth courts, including anti-suit injunctions and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Emilie accepts appointments as arbitrator.

Prior to transferring to the Bar, she practised as a solicitor working for four years in the international arbitration department of Allen & Overy LLP in London. 

Emilie is a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris where she teaches investment treaty arbitration. She regularly trains government lawyers, in particular in Africa, in the field of investment treaty arbitration and court proceedings in support of arbitration. She is an assistant editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

Emilie is also a qualified Paris Bar Avocate à la Cour. She speaks French, Italian and German. Emilie can be instructed directly in suitable cases under the Bar’s Direct Access scheme.


Speaking Engagements and Publications

“A paradigm shift in international investment law: Investor Obligations” (Africa International Legal Awareness, University of Geneva, Cairo, April 2017)

“The Universal Practice: Investment and Human Rights” (University of Geneva, Geneva Talks on Foreign Investment in Africa, March 2017)

“The future of investment treaty arbitration” (Ciarb YMG, Sciences Po, White & Case, March 2017)

“The politics of it all: enforcing arbitral awards in the OHADA zone” (Ciarb YMG Conference, November 2016). 

Emergency Arbitrations” (Indian Council of Arbitration, New Delhi, July 2016)

Spotlight on OHADA Arbitration following a Recent Decision of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration”, YAR, (April 2016), Ed. 21, (co-author)

GAR Knowhow: Investment Treaty Arbitration – Rwanda chapter (2015) (co-author)

Enforcement of arbitral award under the New York Convention:  practice and alternatives”   (Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce, London, 2014)

Intra-EU Investment-treaty arbitration: lessons from the Energy Charter Treaty” (UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills, London, 2013)

Interactions  between  domestic  courts  and  the  arbitration  process  in  commercial  arbitration”  (Judges  of  the Kigali Commercial Court, Kigali, 2012)

Barristers from the Same Chambers Appearing as Counsel and Arbitrator; Independence Revisited?” DRI, (November 2011) Volume 5, Issue 2 (co-author)

Regional expertise

Language skills

French (native), Italian and German


Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS