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Jessica Beess und Chrostin represents clients in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, intra-State arbitration, and 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 forums, including the AAA, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, JAMS, and SCC as well as ad hoc arbitrations, such as under the UNCITRAL Rules. She is s experienced in all phases of international arbitration and handles disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties as well as 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.

Jessica was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, where she taught investment arbitration. She was a Program Committee Member and Special Aide of the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to international arbitration (for a representative list, please see below). 

Jessica received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A. cum laude from Columbia University. She has conducted legal studies at Cambridge University. 

Publications

  • "Due Diligence in International Law," in International Arbitration: The Asian Perspective (forthcoming 2020) (co-authored with Aloysius Llamzon)
  • "On Bear Creek v. Peru" in Quantum Quarterly: The Damages Newsletter Iss. X (Q2 2018)
  • “Arbitration Hearings in New York,” in International Commercial Arbitration in New York, eds. James H. Carter, John Fellas, Oxford University Press (2nd ed. 2016) (co-author with Edward G. Kehoe)
  • "On Hrvatska Elektroprivreda D.D. v. Republic of Slovenia" in Quantum Quarterly: The Damages Newsletter Iss. VIII (Q1 2016)
  • “Interim Measures in Response to the Criminal Prosecution of Corporations and their Employees by Host States in Parallel with Investment Arbitration Proceedings,” Maryland J. Int’l. L., Vol. 30 (Spring 2015) (co-author with H. Burnett)
  • “Avoiding Improper Proceedings Abroad: Anti-suit and Anti-arbitration Injunctions,” in Practising Law Institute: International Arbitration 2014, PIL (June 2014) (co-authored with H. Burnett)
  • “Energy Trading Disputes: Gas Price Reopeners,” in Energy Law Exchange: Energy Law and Policy Insights from a Global Perspective (Dec. 1, 2013)
  • “Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Mass Claims Arbitration before ICSID, the Abaclat Case,” in Harv. Int’l L.J., Vol. 53, No. 2 (Summer 2012)
  • “Collective Redress and Class Action Arbitration in Europe: Where We Are and How to Move Forward,” in Int’l Arb. L. Rev., Issue 4 (Sept. 2011)
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Credentials

J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude

Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

B.A., Columbia University, cum laude, with honors

New York

City Bar of New York, International Law Committee

English

French

German

Spanish

Matters

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) 

Representing 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 of damages)

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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) 

Representing 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 of damages)

Representing 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) 

Represented KBR, Inc. in a NAFTA arbitration against the United Mexican States (concerning annulment of commercial arbitral award, construction sector) 

Representing the Renco Group Inc. against Peru in a dispute under the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (mineral mining sector)

Representing Reficar in an ICC arbitration against Chicago Bridge & Iron (construction sector)

Represented Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Russian Federation (construction and real estate sectors) 

Representing international producer of household goods in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Latin American country under bilateral investment treaty (consumer goods) 

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; successfully settled claims)

Matters

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) 

Representing 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 of damages)

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Matters

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) 

Representing 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 of damages)

Representing 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) 

Represented KBR, Inc. in a NAFTA arbitration against the United Mexican States (concerning annulment of commercial arbitral award, construction sector) 

Representing the Renco Group Inc. against Peru in a dispute under the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (mineral mining sector)

Representing Reficar in an ICC arbitration against Chicago Bridge & Iron (construction sector)

Represented Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Russian Federation (construction and real estate sectors) 

Representing international producer of household goods in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Latin American country under bilateral investment treaty (consumer goods) 

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; successfully settled claims)

Credentials

J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude

Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

B.A., Columbia University, cum laude, with honors

New York

City Bar of New York, International Law Committee

English

French

German

Spanish