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Emma is an associate in King & Spalding's New York office and a member of the International Arbitration practice group. Her global practice focuses on high-stakes international investment and commercial arbitration and award enforcement. She also maintains a commercial and business litigation practice, mostly focusing on complex cross-border disputes.

Emma graduated from NYU Law in 2020 and from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2016. She has lived and worked previously in France, the People's Republic of China, and the Netherlands and she is bilingual in English and French. Emma also maintains a moderate level of fluency in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and Italian. 

At NYU Law, Emma was Commentary Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law & Politics and a fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute. She also participated in the 2018 FDI Moot and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2020, where she was a quarterfinalist. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Emma worked as a legal intern both at P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation in The Hague and at the Permanent Mission of Antigua & Barbuda to the United Nations, where she focused respectively on arbitration involving complex financial transactions and international environmental law and human rights. 

Publications & Presentations:

Danila Mera v. S.A. Hospitality Group et al., United States District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 1:23-cv-03492 (PGG) (SDA), 3 June 2023, A contribution by the ITA Board of Reporters, Kluwer Law International

Euroscepticism: A Driver of the EU’s Clash with ISDS and Public International Law?, EFILA Blog, 7 Jan. 2023

Report on the 7th Annual EFILA Conference 2022 on Whether the EU is Still an Attractive FDI Destination Post-Achmea and Komstroy, 7 Eur. Invest. L & Arb. Rev. 188 (2022)

Brass City Local, CACP v. City of Waterbury, No. CV 21-6063548, 2022 WL 6405236 (Conn. Super Ct. Aug. 15, 2022), A contribution by the ITA Board of Reporters, Kluwer Law International

William Attix v. Carrington Mortgage Services LLC, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, No. 20-13575, 26 May 2022, A contribution by the ITA Board of Reporters, Kluwer Law International

Young EFILA Submission to the OECD Consultation on Investment Treaties & Climate Change, 25 March 2022 (co-authored with Agata Daszko, Isabel San Martin, Ozge Varis, and Guofang Xue) 

Dr. Joseph Ciccio et al. v. SmileDirectClub LLC, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, No. 20-5833, 25 June 2021, A contribution by the ITA Board of Reporters, Kluwer Law International

Darrelle Revis, et al. v. Neil Schwartz, et al., Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, 2017-07940, 30 December 2020, A contribution by the ITA Board of Reporters, Kluwer Law International  

Cultivating Civilization: The Confucian Principles Behind the Chinese Communist Party’s Mass Imprisonment of Ethnic Minorities in Xinjiang and What Human Rights Advocates Can Do to Stop It, 53 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 189 (2020).

Institute for International Law and Justice & Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, 17th Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, "Cultivating Civilization: The Confucian Principles Behind the CCP's Mass Imprisonment of Uighurs and What Human Rights Advocates Can Do to Stop It," April 2020

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Credentials

J.D., New York University School of Law, cum laude

B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

NYU Law William C. Vis Moot Team Co-Assistant Coach

Young European Federation for Investment Law & Arbitration (EFILA), Vice Chair

English

French

Italian

Mandarin Chinese

Matters

Representing an Italian company in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Italy-North Macedonia BIT for expropriation and other treaty violations against its waste disposal and biogas production concession in North Macedonia. Alleged damages exceed € 200 million.

Defending an American cancer screening device producer in an ICDR arbitration against fraud and other breaches of contract claims alleged by its Chinese distributor.

Defending a French company and its U.S. subsidiary in a litigation in the Southern District of New York involving alleged breach of a supply and manufacturing agreement for beauty and make-up products. Alleged damages exceed US$ 200 million.

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Representing an Italian company in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Italy-North Macedonia BIT for expropriation and other treaty violations against its waste disposal and biogas production concession in North Macedonia. Alleged damages exceed € 200 million.

Defending an American cancer screening device producer in an ICDR arbitration against fraud and other breaches of contract claims alleged by its Chinese distributor.

Defending a French company and its U.S. subsidiary in a litigation in the Southern District of New York involving alleged breach of a supply and manufacturing agreement for beauty and make-up products. Alleged damages exceed US$ 200 million.

Represents and advises dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania and also in enforcement proceedings in U.S. court.

Defended a Middle Eastern State in an ICC-administered arbitration brought by another Middle Eastern State over alleged breaches (of claimed value of US$ 30 billion) under a bilateral treaty concerning administration and maintenance of petroleum pipelines.

Represented Emirati investors in an ICSID arbitration against a North African State over a mixed commercial real-estate urban development project seeking contractual and treaty-based damages of US$ 2 billion

Representing a Russian-born LGBT man seeking asylum in the United States on account of past and continuing fear of persecution due to status as a member of a particular social group.

Representing a Cameroonian LGBT man seeking asylum in the United States on account of past and continuing fear of persecution due to status as a member of a particular social group

Defended a Middle Eastern State in an ICSID arbitration concerning a uranium mine owned by an American company.

Advised the Permanent Mission of Antigua & Barbuda to the United Nations on drafting comments to the International Law Commission on effects of sea-level rise on Small Island Developing States.

Matters

Representing an Italian company in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Italy-North Macedonia BIT for expropriation and other treaty violations against its waste disposal and biogas production concession in North Macedonia. Alleged damages exceed € 200 million.

Defending an American cancer screening device producer in an ICDR arbitration against fraud and other breaches of contract claims alleged by its Chinese distributor.

Defending a French company and its U.S. subsidiary in a litigation in the Southern District of New York involving alleged breach of a supply and manufacturing agreement for beauty and make-up products. Alleged damages exceed US$ 200 million.

See more

Close

Matters

Representing an Italian company in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Italy-North Macedonia BIT for expropriation and other treaty violations against its waste disposal and biogas production concession in North Macedonia. Alleged damages exceed € 200 million.

Defending an American cancer screening device producer in an ICDR arbitration against fraud and other breaches of contract claims alleged by its Chinese distributor.

Defending a French company and its U.S. subsidiary in a litigation in the Southern District of New York involving alleged breach of a supply and manufacturing agreement for beauty and make-up products. Alleged damages exceed US$ 200 million.

Represents and advises dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania and also in enforcement proceedings in U.S. court.

Defended a Middle Eastern State in an ICC-administered arbitration brought by another Middle Eastern State over alleged breaches (of claimed value of US$ 30 billion) under a bilateral treaty concerning administration and maintenance of petroleum pipelines.

Represented Emirati investors in an ICSID arbitration against a North African State over a mixed commercial real-estate urban development project seeking contractual and treaty-based damages of US$ 2 billion

Representing a Russian-born LGBT man seeking asylum in the United States on account of past and continuing fear of persecution due to status as a member of a particular social group.

Representing a Cameroonian LGBT man seeking asylum in the United States on account of past and continuing fear of persecution due to status as a member of a particular social group

Defended a Middle Eastern State in an ICSID arbitration concerning a uranium mine owned by an American company.

Advised the Permanent Mission of Antigua & Barbuda to the United Nations on drafting comments to the International Law Commission on effects of sea-level rise on Small Island Developing States.

Credentials

J.D., New York University School of Law, cum laude

B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

NYU Law William C. Vis Moot Team Co-Assistant Coach

Young European Federation for Investment Law & Arbitration (EFILA), Vice Chair

English

French

Italian

Mandarin Chinese