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Jessica Beess und Chrostin represents clients in administered and ad hoc international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, and intra-State arbitration, as well as international disputes before U.S. courts. She has represented and counseled clients in disputes involving numerous industries, including mining, oil and gas, electric power, renewable energy, real estate development, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, and telecommunications.

Ms. Beess und Chrostin represents clients in arbitrations before all major arbitral institutions, including the AAA, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, JAMS, LCIA, and SCC as well as ad hoc arbitrations, such as under the UNCITRAL Rules. She is experienced in all phases of international arbitration and handles disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties and multilateral treaties, such as the Energy Charter Treaty and the NAFTA. She also represents clients in international disputes before U.S. courts, and has substantial experience in award enforcement and recognition proceedings under the New York Convention and the Federal Arbitration Act.

  • Representing numerous investors in disputes against Spain and Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty regarding changes to the regulatory regime applicable to certain renewable energy producers in the wind and solar sectors (renewable energy).
  • Represented Dutch investor in UNCITRAL arbitration against the Government of Vietnam under the Netherlands-Vietnam Bilateral Investment Treaty (real estate and human rights; obtained favorable award, including largest moral damages award in favor of an individual in investment arbitration).
  • Represented Bear Creek Mining Corporation in an ICSID Arbitration against the Republic of Peru under the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (mining sector; obtained favorable award).
  • Represented Chevron Corporation (U.S.A.) and Texaco Petroleum Company (U.S.A.) in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty (concerning scope of environmental release agreements and due process violations by a court of Ecuador that had issued a multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron; obtained favorable award declaring, inter alia, that the Ecuadorian judgment was the product of fraud; obtained favorable award) .
  • Represented Indian oil and gas company in dispute with co-venturer under concession agreement (oil & gas; dispute ongoing).
  • Represented KBR, Inc. in a NAFTA arbitration against the United Mexican States (concerning annulment of commercial arbitral award, construction sector).
  • Represented Reficar in an ICC arbitration against Chicago Bridge & Iron (construction sector; dispute ongoing).
  • Represented Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Russian Federation (construction and real estate sectors).
  • Represented international producer of household goods in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Latin American country under bilateral investment treaty (consumer goods; dispute ongoing).
  • Represented major telecommunications company in ad hoc arbitration against another telecommunications company regarding fraudulently originated telephone traffic and resulting disputed charges under global hubbing agreement (telecommunications sector; obtained favorable award).
  • Represented Indian pharmaceuticals manufacturer in contract dispute against U.S. pharmaceutical company (pharmaceuticals sector; obtained favorable settlement).

Pro Bono

  • On behalf of an international human rights watchdog, draft report on work of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.
  • Successful representation of domestic violence survivor to obtain TRO against spouse.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Secretary of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association
  • Member of the ICDR Y&I’s Global Advisory Board

Previous Experience

  • Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School; taught course on investor-state arbitration (2017)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group, Commercial Arbitration "Rising Star" (2021)