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Paul Barker

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Paul is a barrister specialising in International Arbitration and Public International Law. 


Paul has acted as counsel for governments and corporations in bilateral investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations under all the major rules (including ICSID, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL).  Paul’s general public international law experience includes an externship assisting the FCO legal advisors to the UK Mission to the United Nations.  Paul has also acted as tribunal assistant/secretary to Michael Moser (20 Essex Street) in several commercial and treaty arbitrations.  He is accredited as a tribunal secretary by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).   


Paul’s cases and advisory work have involved a range of subject matters and sectors, including: foreign investment, commercial fraud, energy and natural resources, finance and banking, intellectual property, international trade, international human rights, joint ventures, law of the sea, sovereign immunity, sovereign debt, private international law and public international law.   


Prior to being called to the Bar, Paul practised international arbitration and public international law for over five years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, the international law firm, where he acted in over a dozen investment treaty and commercial arbitrations and was a member of the counsel team for Greece that secured a landmark ICSID arbitration award on jurisdiction dismissing all claims arising out of Greece's 2012 sovereign debt restructuring (Poštová banka, a.s. and ISTROKAPITAL SE v Hellenic Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/8)).  Paul also acted in proceedings relating to the sovereign immunity of State property.  


Paul has lectured on international investment law and arbitration at Stanford Law School in California and at City University of Hong Kong Law School, and has presented papers at arbitration conferences in the United States and Europe.  He was formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University.


Paul holds law degrees from Columbia University Law School in New York and Cambridge University.  He is a member of the Bars in England and New York.


Click here to view Paul Barker's article 'Investor-State Dispute Settlement under Investment Treaties and Free Trade Agreements: ad hoc Arbitration or Investment Court System?'.


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International Institute of Strategic Studies, Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX


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