Emma Lindsay leads the international arbitration team in New York. She represents corporate, sovereign and individual clients in numerous jurisdictions, under various applicable laws and across a wide range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, insurance, pharmaceuticals, tourism, hospitality and financial services. Ms. Lindsay acts as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major arbitration rules and ad hoc. She also appears in U.S. federal and state courts in international litigation matters. Her experience spans disputes involving the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She regularly advises clients in connection with transactional matters, including risk mitigation in investment strategies and the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts. In addition to her work as counsel, Ms. Lindsay sits as an arbitrator.
Her engagements have included representing a former officer of a leading German car manufacturer in U.S. federal court litigation and appellate proceedings; defending a Latin American state in two international investment treaty arbitrations and a companion ICC arbitration stemming from privatization of the country’s electricity sector; and advising an Asian state on territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea. As part of her international practice, Ms. Lindsay represents and advises states, corporations, individuals, international organizations and non-governmental organizations on public international law matters including the negotiation, interpretation and application of treaties, sovereignty over territory, land and maritime boundaries, state immunity, international investment law and international human rights law.
Ms. Lindsay has an active pro bono practice spanning representation and advice in matters at the state, federal, regional and international levels, including proceedings before the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and various United Nations bodies, as well as at Guantánamo Bay. She also represents refugees from conflict-torn regions seeking asylum in the United States.
Ms. Lindsay received her B.A. Jurisprudence with honors from Oxford University, where she was awarded Balliol College’s Paton Prize. She received her LL.M. in international legal studies from New York University School of Law, where she was a graduate editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. Ms. Lindsay served as a law clerk at the International Court of Justice to former President of the Court Judge Shi Jiuyong of China and to Judge Pieter H. Kooijmans of The Netherlands. She taught international law at The New School University from 2011 to 2014 and is a frequent speaker and author on international arbitration and litigation issues.