Harout Ekmanian

Associate - New York

Harout Ekmainian
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Harout Ekmanian is an associate in Foley Hoag's International Litigation & Arbitration Department. He focuses his practice on public international law, investment treaty arbitration, and cross-border commercial disputes. Harout has experience counseling European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African clients in matters involving a diverse range of industries such as energy, construction, technology, telecommunications, and supply chain.

Previously Harout was an advisor to the Permanent Mission of a UN member state to the United Nations in New York on a wide range of public international law issues.


  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2018
  • Harvard Business School, CORe, 2017
  • Aleppo University, LL.B., 2010


English, Armenian, Arabic, Turkish, French, Spanish

Representative Experience

  • A European investor in an ICSID arbitration under ECT in a dispute arising out of the biggest onshore oilfield investment in a former Soviet State. 
  • A North African company in UNCITRAL and ICC parallel arbitration proceedings in an infrastructure dispute.
  • A Chinese company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a supply and distribution dispute in the high-tech manufacturing sector.
  • A North African company in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of a supply and distribution dispute in the manufacturing sector.
  • A Middle Eastern corporation in relation to an UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in a dispute arising out of a major investment in the telecommunication sector in Iraq. 
  • An African state in an ICSID arbitration arising out of an alleged investment in the banking industry.

* - Mr. Ekmanian handled some of the above representations prior to joining Foley Hoag, LLP.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant with the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, 2017
  • Associate at Human Rights Watch, 2016
  • Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights of Columbia University, 2015
  • O'Donnell Global Studies Visiting Educator at Whitman College, 2014


  • Editor of Harvard International Law Journal
  • Editor of Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
  • “Luys” Foundation Scholarship, 2017


  • Independent International Legal Advocates: Legal Fellow
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court: Judge
  • Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association: International Arbitration Workshop 
  • "Roads to Recovery Under International Law After the Armed Conflict in Nagorno Karabakh," Armenian Bar Association Panel Series (Virtual, 2020).
  • "Remedial Secession and Nagorno Karabakh," University of Barcelona Law Faculty Seminar (Virtual, 2020).
  • "The Case for the Self-Determination of Nagorno Karabakh” Jagellonian University Law Faculty Seminar (Virtual, 2020).
  • "International Justice and International Tribunals," The New School Seminar for the University in Exile Consortium (New York, 2020).
  • "The Missing Pages" Book Launch and Panel on Art and Cultural Heritage Properties in International Disputes, Panel Chair, NAASR (New Jersey, 2019).
  • "Can Universal Jurisdiction Complement International Justice Mechanisms?" Jagellonian University Conference on Genocide Commemorating Raphael Lemkin (Kraków, 2018).
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