Caline Mouawad


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Caline Mouawad

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Caline Mouawad is a Partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group, residing in the New York office.  Ms. Mouawad represents clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional global disputes and international arbitration matters in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, in a variety of sectors, including consumer goods, telecommunications, oil and gas, and mining.  She has acted for clients in cases conducted in English and French under the arbitration rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Chamber of Commerce (ICAC), as well as in ad hoc cases under the UNCITRAL Rules. 

In addition to serving as counsel, she serves as an arbitrator and is listed on the Panel of Neutrals for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.  She currently chairs the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Ms. Mouawad was “recommended” by Legal 500:  Latin America (2012 and 2013) and Legal 500: US (2013, 2014, and 2015).  She is listed in the 2014, and 2015, and 2016 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law for Commercial Arbitration (U.S.) as well as in Who’s Who Legal:  Arbitration (2015, and 2016, and 2017). 

Selected Publications

  • “A Case for Dispositive Motions in International Commercial Arbitration,” BCDR International Arbitration Review Vol. 2 No. 1 (June 2015), 77-98 (Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution) (co-author)

  • United States Chapter in Julien Fouret (ed.), Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards, 495-512 (2015) (co-author)

  • “Structuring Your Investment to Protect IP Rights – the Case of Compulsory Licensing,” The Pharma Letter (Mar. 21, 2014) (co-author)

  • “Resource Nationalism and Mining Reforms:  An Increased Potential for International Disputes,” The Northern Miner (Sept. 26, 2013) (co-author)

  • “A Guide to Interim Measures in Investor-State Arbitration,” Arbitration International Vol. 29 No. 3 (2013), 381-434 (co-author)

  • “Who Decides?  The Tug-Of-War Between U.S. Courts and Arbitrators:  A Commentary On Republic of Iraq v. BNP Paribas USA,” in Jalal El Ahdab (ed.), International Journal of Arab Arbitration Vol. 4 No. 3 (2012), 112-28 (co-author)

  • “The DynCorp Case:  The Journey of an International Arbitration Award,” in Jalal El Ahdab (ed.), International Journal of Arab Arbitration Vol. 3 No. 3 (2011), 25-54 (co-author)

  • “Modern and Competitive:  The New CRCICA Rules,” in Jalal El Ahdab (ed.), International Journal of Arab Arbitration Vol. 3 No. 1 (2011), 17-24 (co-author)

  •  “Issue Conflicts in Investment Treaty Arbitration,” 5 Transnat’l Disp. Mgmt. 4 (July 2008)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • “Is there a U.S. Culture of International Arbitration?” Panel, The Grand Central Forum (New York International Arbitration Center), New York (May 2016)

  • “International Investment Arbitration:  Friend or Foe?” Panel, 2015 International Law Weekend, New York (November 2015)

  • “The influence of international arbitration on domestic litigation and vice versa,” Panel, IBA Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria (October 2015)

  • “Recent Developments in International Arbitration,” Panel, The Grand Central Forum (New York International Arbitration Center), New York (April 2015)

  • “How ‘International’ Is International Arbitration?” Keynote address at ICC YAF event of Second Annual ICC Houston Conference on International Arbitration:  Energy, Ethics and the Effective Management of Arbitration, Houston (October 2014)

  • “Is Investment Treaty Arbitration a Mechanism to Second-Guess Governments’ Exercise of Administrative Discretion:  Public Law or Lex Investoria?” Panel, Eighth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington D.C. (March 2014)

  • “Energy Disputes In Times Of Civil Unrest,” Eighth Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, New York (April 2013)

  • “Latin America - Enforcement of Awards” Panel,First Annual ICC Houston Conference on International Arbitration:  Houston as the Crossroads between the Middle East and the Americas, Houston (April 2013)

  • “Privatizing Justice:  Shifting Adjudication Out of the Judiciary” Panel, Randolph W. Thrower Symposium (Emory Law School):  Privatization:  Managing Liability and Reassessing Practices in Local & International Contexts, Atlanta (February 2013)

  • Women in International Law:  Transforming the Legal Landscape, New York City Bar Association, New York (May 2012)

  • “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns” Panel, Columbia Arbitration Day 2012:  Arbitrating with a Sovereign:  Issues in Commercial and Investment Arbitration, New York (March 2012)

  • “The Impact of Technology and the Internet on the Content of Advocacy in Arbitration,” World Arbitration Forum on Intellectual Property (WAFIP), Dead Sea, Jordan (November 2010)
Arabic (speaking)

J.D., Harvard University
B.A., summa cum laude, Rice University

New York
Paris (inactive)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York