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Aloysius (Louie) Llamzon is a senior associate at King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices and a member of its International Arbitration practice group. His practice centers on the representation of corporate and sovereign clients in commercial, investment, and public international arbitrations. He has appeared before tribunals under the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC, and CRCICA rules in cases seated throughout the world, involving natural resources, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, shareholder, and financial services disputes in Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. He has also sat as arbitrator.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Dr. Llamzon was Legal Counsel and then Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Peace Palace, The Hague. His duties included acting as Registrar and Tribunal Secretary in inter-State, investment, and commercial arbitrations involving States. He has considerable experience with cases in public international law, including the Abyei Arbitration (Gov’t of Sudan/Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army), the Indus Waters Kishenganga Arbitration (Pakistan v. India), and the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration (Bangladesh v. India). He has advised numerous States Parties to the 1899 and 1907 Hague Conventions on the procedural aspects of international dispute settlement, including under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, various bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, and the UNCITRAL and PCA Arbitration Rules. He also assisted the former Chief Justice of the Netherlands in his capacity as Appointing Authority to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

Louie was previously a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Hong Kong and at Romulo, Mabanta, Buenaventura, Sayoc & de los Angeles in Manila. He is admitted to practice in New York and the Philippines, giving him familiarity with civil and common law systems. Louie was named in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders – Arbitration 2017, a publication focused on outstanding practitioners aged 45 or under, which described him as a “star” and praised his “fantastic Asia practice.”

Dr. Llamzon holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University, and LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School. He has published widely on international law and arbitration, and is a former faculty member and adjunct lecturer at various law schools in Manila and The Hague. He has developed particular expertise on issues of corruption, fraud, and other forms of party wrongdoing in international arbitration.  His book “Corruption in International Investment Arbitration” is an update of his J.S.D. dissertation, which won Yale’s Ambrose Gherini Prize for best work in international law.  His article “Investor Wrongdoing in Investment Arbitration” (with Dr. Anthony Sinclar) won the 2017 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize as the best article in the field of international arbitration. Louie is a frequent speaker on international dispute settlement and public international law matters, and has addressed the biennial congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the annual meetings of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Institute of World Business Law. He co-chaired the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, and is a member of ASIL’s Nominating Committee.

Select publications

Book

  • Corruption in International Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2014)
    Reviews: (i) Judge Joan Donoghue, The Corruption Trump in Investment Arbitration, 30 ICSID Review 756-61 (2015); (ii) Stanimir Alexandrov, Review of “Corruption in International Investment Arbitration by Aloysius P. Llamzon”, 109 American Journal of International Law 702-07 (2015).

Articles and Book Chapters include:

  • Article 18: Influence Peddling, in M. Kubiciel, C. Rose, and O. Landwehr eds., Commentary on the U.N. Convention Against Corruption (Oxford University Press, 2018)(forthcoming)
  • The Due Diligence Expansion in International Investment Arbitration, in C. Brown and M. Mohan, Regulation & Investment Disputes: Asian Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2018)(forthcoming)(with Jessica Beess und Chrostin)
  • The Juridical Island: From the Island of Palmas to the South China Sea Arbitrations, in Legal status of islands and rocks in international law and practice in the South China Sea (2016)
  • Investor Wrongdoing in Investment Arbitration: Standards Governing Issues of Corruption, Fraud, Misrepresentation, and other Investor Misconduct, in Legitimacy: Myths, Realities, Challenges, ICCA Congress Series No. 18 (A.J. van den Berg ed., 2015) (with Dr. Anthony Sinclair)
  • The State of the Unclean Hands Doctrine in International Investment Law: Yukos as Omega and Alpha, 30 ICSID Review 315-25 (2015)
  • On Corruption’s Peremptory Treatment in International Investment Arbitration, in Addressing Issues of Corruption in Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Dossiers of the ICC Institute of World Business Law No. 13 32-50 (Domitile Baizeau and Richard Kreindler eds., 2015)
  • State Responsibility for Corruption: The Attribution Asymmetry in International Investment Arbitration, Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 10, No. 3, May 2013 (R. Kreindler & C. Lamm eds.)
  • The Final Award in Occidental v. Ecuador, in The Reasons Requirement in International Investment Arbitration 211-30 (G. Aguilar-Alvarez & W.M. Reisman eds., 2008)
  • Jurisdiction and Compliance in Recent Decisions of the International Court of Justice, 18 European Journal of International Law 815 (2007)
  • “The Generally Accepted Principles of International Law” as Philippine Law, 47 Ateneo Law Journal 243 (2002)

Select Speaking Engagements

  • FTI Consulting, King & Spalding, and RPA Inc., Toronto, March 5, 2018, Speaker, “Trends in Mining”
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2018, Panelist, “So You Want To Be an Arbitrator”
  • Freshfields/ASIL Debate Series, Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2017, Debater, “This House Believes that States May Not Rely on their Own Acts of Corruption to Object to the Jurisdiction of International Tribunals”
  • Georgetown International Arbitration Society, Washington, D.C., Apr. 5, 2017, Panelist, “Corruption in Investment Arbitration”
  • King & Spalding, Manila, Feb. 19, 2017, Speaker, “Arbitrating Mining Disputes”
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong, Oct 18, 2016, ADR in Asia Conference, Speaker, “Corruption: Arbitrators Beware”
  • International Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, Oct. 17, 2016, Speaker, “International Arbitration in Rising Asia: Philippines”
  • Pham Van Dong University and Nha Trang University, Vietnam, Aug. 17, 2016, Conference: “Legal status of islands and rocks in international law and practice in the South China Sea”, Speaker, “The Juridical Island”
  • American University Washington College of Law, 12th International Arbitration Summer Program, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2016, Speaker, “Corruption in International Investment Arbitration”
  • New York University Arbitration Lecture Series, New York City, Apr. 11, 2016, Speaker, “Investor Misconduct in International Investment Arbitration”
  • New York International Arbitration Center, Special Breakfast Seminar, New York City, Apr. 7, 2016, Speaker, “Corruption and International Arbitration: A 360 Degree View”
  • Institute of Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Americas Workshop, Mexico City, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2015, Speaker, "State Responsibility for Corruption: the Attribution Asymmetry"
  • Harvard Law School, Transnational Corruption Seminar (Fall 2015), Cambridge, MA, Oct. 23, 2015, Guest Lecturer, "International Arbitration as a tool for Combating Transnational Corruption"
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law, International Courts and Tribunals Seminar, Oct. 22, 2015, Guest Lecturer, "Inter-State Arbitration: Dipsutes under the UNCLOS and Other Treaties"
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, New York, Sept. 29, 2015, Speaker, "Addressing Corruption Issues in International Commercial Arbitration"
  • Young ICCA, Skills Training Workshop, New York, March 5, 2015, Speaker, "Practical Ethical Dilemmas in International Arbitration"
  • Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration, 9th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2015, Panelist, "Burdens and Standards of Proof for Corruption"
  • International Arbitration Club of New York, New York, Feb. 19, 2015, Main Speaker, "Investor Wrongdoing in International Investment Arbitration"
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 34th Annual Meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, Paris, Nov. 24, 2014, Speaker, “The Impact of Corruption on Gateway Issues of Arbitrability, Jurisdiction, Admissibility and Procedural Issues”
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) 22nd Congress, Biennial meeting, Miami, April 6-9, 2014, Speaker, “Treaty Arbitration: Pleading and Proof of Fraud and Comparable Forms of Abuse”
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrator’s Forum, Paris, Jan. 20, 2014, Speaker, “Standards for Disqualifying Arbitrators in Commercial and Investment Arbitration: Convergence or Divergence?”
  • Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Dec 5, 2013, Speaker, Public Forum on International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague
  • International Human Rights Day, Erasmus House, Jakarta Dec. 2, 2013, Panelist, “Challenges facing the ASEAN Charter on Human Rights”
  • Water Diplomacy Consortium, Water Security and Peace Conference, The Hague, Nov 14-15, 2013, Speaker, “Water and Peace from the Perspective of the Permanent Court of Arbitration: The Indus, The Rhine, and Beyond”
  • Viet Nam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1st Annual Inter-Ministry Seminar on International Law and Dispute Settlement, Ha Long, Vietnam, Sept 10-12, 2013, Lecturer, “Inter-State Arbitration”
  • National University of Singapore, International Law Week, Singapore, Aug 27, 2013, Singapore, Speaker, “International Dispute Settlement and the Permanent Court of Arbitration”
  • United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, The Hague, June 26-27, 2013, Lecturer, “Inter-State Arbitration: Past and Present”
  • UNCTAD-City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Nov. 21-22, 2011, Speaker, “Revision of Arbitration Rules and Procedural Issues Arising in Investor-State Disputes”, Conference on “Contemporary Issues in Investment Arbitration”
  • APEC-UNCTAD, Workshop on Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Manila, June 22-24, 2011, Speaker, “Investment Arbitration Procedure under the UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules”
  • Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Judicial Academy, and the University of the Philippines Law Center, Manila, March 2, 2011, Speaker, Forum on Philippine Membership to the PCA, Manila (with Justice F.P. Feliciano and Dean M. Magallona)
  • Society of International Economic Law, 2nd Biennial Global Conference, Barcelona, July 8-10, 2010, Panelist, “Contemporary Jurisdictional Problems in Investor-State Arbitration”
  • American Society of International Law, 102nd Annual Meeting Washington, D.C., April 9-12, 2008, Panelist, “International Law and the Fight Against Corruption”
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Credentials

J.S.D., Yale Law School

LL.M., Yale Law School

J.D., Ateneo de Manila University

District of Columbia

Hong Kong Registered Foreign Lawyer

New York

Phillippines

American Society of International Law

Integrated Bar of the Philippines

International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF)

International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Young ICCA

Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best International Arbitration Article (2017)

Yale Law School: Ambrose Gherini Prize (“best paper upon a subject of international law, either public or private”); Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in International Dispute Settlement; John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy

Ateneo de Manila Law School: St. Thomas More Award, Dean’s Award for Best Thesis

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Recognition

Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best International Arbitration Article (2017)

Yale Law School: Ambrose Gherini Prize (“best paper upon a subject of international law, either public or private”); Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in International Dispute Settlement; John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy

Ateneo de Manila Law School: St. Thomas More Award, Dean’s Award for Best Thesis

Matters

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in a multi-billion dollar inter-State ICC arbitration initiated by the Republic of Iraq in relation to a crude oil pipeline system between Iraq and Turkey

Representation of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines under the Netherlands-Philippines bilateral investment treaty in relation to the Malampaya gas-to-power project, the largest foreign investment in Philippine history

Representation of a major Spanish energy company in multi-billion dollar commercial and treaty arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt and its State-owned company

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Representation of the Republic of Turkey in a multi-billion dollar inter-State ICC arbitration initiated by the Republic of Iraq in relation to a crude oil pipeline system between Iraq and Turkey

Representation of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines under the Netherlands-Philippines bilateral investment treaty in relation to the Malampaya gas-to-power project, the largest foreign investment in Philippine history

Representation of a major Spanish energy company in multi-billion dollar commercial and treaty arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt and its State-owned company

Representation of claimant in an UNCITRAL/PCA-administered Arbitration against a South American state brought under a bilateral investment treaty in relation to a consumer goods manufacturing enterprise

Representation of two oil majors in a USD3 billion ICC arbitration against an Asian State

Representation of a major Southeast Asian conglomerate in a SIAC contract arbitration involving a USD500 million shareholders dispute over infrastructure projects

Representation of Claimant in an UNCITRAL Arbitration against Peru brought under the U.S. - Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, concerning a copper mining project and poly-metallic smelting operation

Representation of respondent in an ICC arbitration by a multinational technology provider against a Philippine telecom company, including related Philippine court litigation

Representation of a multinational infrastructure company in relation to the recognition and enforcement of an ICC arbitration agreement and eventual award against a Philippine energy company before Philippine courts

Matters

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in a multi-billion dollar inter-State ICC arbitration initiated by the Republic of Iraq in relation to a crude oil pipeline system between Iraq and Turkey

Representation of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines under the Netherlands-Philippines bilateral investment treaty in relation to the Malampaya gas-to-power project, the largest foreign investment in Philippine history

Representation of a major Spanish energy company in multi-billion dollar commercial and treaty arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt and its State-owned company

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Matters

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in a multi-billion dollar inter-State ICC arbitration initiated by the Republic of Iraq in relation to a crude oil pipeline system between Iraq and Turkey

Representation of Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines under the Netherlands-Philippines bilateral investment treaty in relation to the Malampaya gas-to-power project, the largest foreign investment in Philippine history

Representation of a major Spanish energy company in multi-billion dollar commercial and treaty arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt and its State-owned company

Representation of claimant in an UNCITRAL/PCA-administered Arbitration against a South American state brought under a bilateral investment treaty in relation to a consumer goods manufacturing enterprise

Representation of two oil majors in a USD3 billion ICC arbitration against an Asian State

Representation of a major Southeast Asian conglomerate in a SIAC contract arbitration involving a USD500 million shareholders dispute over infrastructure projects

Representation of Claimant in an UNCITRAL Arbitration against Peru brought under the U.S. - Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, concerning a copper mining project and poly-metallic smelting operation

Representation of respondent in an ICC arbitration by a multinational technology provider against a Philippine telecom company, including related Philippine court litigation

Representation of a multinational infrastructure company in relation to the recognition and enforcement of an ICC arbitration agreement and eventual award against a Philippine energy company before Philippine courts

Credentials

J.S.D., Yale Law School

LL.M., Yale Law School

J.D., Ateneo de Manila University

District of Columbia

Hong Kong Registered Foreign Lawyer

New York

Phillippines

American Society of International Law

Integrated Bar of the Philippines

International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF)

International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Young ICCA

Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best International Arbitration Article (2017)

Yale Law School: Ambrose Gherini Prize (“best paper upon a subject of international law, either public or private”); Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in International Dispute Settlement; John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy

Ateneo de Manila Law School: St. Thomas More Award, Dean’s Award for Best Thesis

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Recognition

Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best International Arbitration Article (2017)

Yale Law School: Ambrose Gherini Prize (“best paper upon a subject of international law, either public or private”); Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in International Dispute Settlement; John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy

Ateneo de Manila Law School: St. Thomas More Award, Dean’s Award for Best Thesis