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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say

“Ema is brilliant, insightful and knowledgeable beyond her years"
"She brought tremendous clarity to very complicated issues and showed deep understanding of client needs"
"She quickly identifies the crucial facts and legal arguments and came up with a winning strategy"
“Ema is one of the best arbitration lawyers of her generation"
"She combines an impeccable knowledge of arbitration law and legal cultures with passion and ethics”


Ema Vidak Gojković is a multi-lingual independent international counsel and arbitrator, focusing on international arbitration and public international law. She is qualified in Croatia, New York, and England & Wales, and has ten years of experience as counsel in leading international firms in both civil and common law jurisdictions. Ema has been recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader – Arbitration in 2019, 2020 and 2021, as “a true star” and “a brilliant lawyer” who is “capable of transforming complicated issues into simple and straightforward points”.

Ema handles complex, high-stakes commercial and investment disputes.  She arbitrates under all major rules, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SCC, and AAA, and is a skilled negotiator. She has advised a wide range of clients, including individuals, corporations, States and State entities, and multilateral organizations. Ema’s experience spans many sectors, including energy, mining, banking, gaming, food services, luxury products, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, automotive, shipping, information technology and construction.

As an independent counsel Ema brings high-impact, high-value capacity to law firms and to clients.  Colleagues and clients value her exceptional combination of intellect and pragmatism, energy and efficiency, and candor and humor. Ema also sits as arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations.

Ema holds international arbitration leadership positions, has taught university courses, and regularly speaks and publishes on arbitration topics. She was shortlisted for the GAR Best Innovation Award (2017) for her article on how to match arbitrators with party expectations. She is a co-founder of the women’s networking and leadership forum Mute Off Thursdays, which gathers over 500 senior arbitration women from around the globe.

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