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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Emma Lindsay is “a great public international lawyer” who possesses deep expertise in investor-state and commercial proceedings.


Emma is a partner at Withers and leads the firm’s international arbitration team in the United States. 

She specialises in investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law. She represents corporations, governments, individuals and organisations around the world and across a wide range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, insurance, pharmaceuticals, technology, tourism, hospitality and financial services. She also appears in US federal and state courts in international litigation matters. In addition to her work as counsel, Emma sits as an arbitrator.

Emma’s experience spans disputes involving the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She regularly advises clients in connection with transactional matters, including risk mitigation in investment strategies and the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts.

As part of her international practice, Emma represents and advises states, corporations, individuals, international organisations and non-governmental organisations on public international law matters including the negotiation, interpretation and application of treaties, sovereignty over territory, land and maritime boundaries, state immunity, international investment law and international human rights law. She has particular expertise in matters before the International Court of Justice.

Emma also has an active pro bono practice spanning representation and advice in matters at the state, federal, regional and international levels, including proceedings before the United States Supreme Court, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and various United Nations bodies.

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