Yas Banifatemi is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration group and leads the firm’s public international law practice. She is considered one of the leading specialists worldwide in the fields of public international law and international arbitration.
She acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration matters, with particular focus on international investment and oil and gas disputes. She is a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a member of the LCIA Court.
She regularly advises states, state-owned entities and companies on public international law matters involving state responsibility, law of treaties, state contracts, law of immunities, international boundaries and law of the sea.
Yas Banifatemi holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and a PhD in public international law (with highest honours) from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II). She lectures on investment arbitration at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I) and is a visiting lecturer of Law at Yale Law School. She has also lectured on public international law at The Hague Academy, where she was a director of studies in public international law in 2004. She has been invited by the Academy to teach a course on arbitration law in 2019.
She has authored, co-authored and edited numerous publications on public international law and international arbitration. She regularly appears as speaker and is a member of leading working groups on international arbitration. She also has participated as expert in the works of UNCITRAL. She is one of the founding members, and the former co-secretary general, of the International Academy for Arbitration Law.
She speaks French, English and Farsi.
WWL says: Yas Banifatemi "should be considered one of the very best in the business, she is quite brilliant".
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