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Marinn Carlson

Marinn Carlson
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Marinn Carlson focuses her practice in international dispute settlement, with an emphasis on investor-state arbitration. She has represented foreign investors as well as respondent governments in ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations under investment treaties and trade agreements, including NAFTA. She counsels clients in sectors ranging from financial services to energy to infrastructure development on the implications of international trade and investment rules for their global operations. She has also represented corporate clients in a wide range of institutional and ad hoc international commercial arbitrations and in US litigation with international ramifications. 

Ms Carlson has spoken at conferences and taught classes, workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics in international arbitration, including investor-state arbitration case law and practice, as well as international arbitration advocacy skills. She is an adjunct professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law teaching investment treaty arbitration, a member of the executive committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), the budget and finance chair (and previously an executive council member) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and she serves on the board of directors of the CAIR Coalition, a Washington, DC legal services organisation focused on immigrants’ rights.

Before entering private practice, Ms Carlson clerked for Judge José A Cabranes of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked in several organisations with a focus on trade and its intersection with environmental policy, including the Environmental Defense Fund and the White House Office on Environmental Policy.

WWL says: Marinn Carlson is a leader in the investor-state field. Says one source, “She was exceptional – very efficient, procedurally practical and a constructive opposing counsel to work against."

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