Emmanuel Gaillard is one of the world's foremost arbitration specialists. Peers describe him as "the name in arbitration in France" and "a very sharp practitioner".
Emmanuel Gaillard heads Shearman & Sterling’s 100-lawyer international arbitration practice.
Emmanuel acts as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is universally regarded as a leading authority and a star practitioner in both fields worldwide. He is also an arbitrator and expert witness.
Emmanuel has acted on many of the cases that have marked the history of international arbitration notably in the energy, investment, M&A and construction sectors. In addition to the US$50 billion award secured for the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company, he acted on the ICC arbitration brought by The Dow Chemical Company against Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, which led to a US$2.47 billion award in favour of Dow Chemical. He has also represented the Arab Republic of Egypt and its national energy companies following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution in numerous matters.
A professor of law in France and a visiting professor of law at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, he has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law. His publications include a seminal treatise (Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration); The Legal Theory of International Arbitration (the first publication to directly address this topic), available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and other languages; and the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, available in all UN languages.
Emmanuel served as a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators, appointed by France. He chairs the International Arbitration Institute and was the first President and one of the co-founders of the International Academy for Arbitration Law.