Harout Ekmanian

New York

I exclusively represent sovereign States and State-owned entities before the world's principal dispute resolution bodies.

As a member of the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration Department, Harout Ekmanian focuses his practice on public international law and international arbitration. Dual trained in the common law and civil law traditions, Harout also practices both investment and commercial arbitration before most major arbitral institutions. 

Harout is experienced in matters involving Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia in a diverse range of sectors such as energy, construction, technology, telecommunications, and supply chain. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Harout practiced international arbitration at a leading international law firm in New York. 

Harout has counseled, lectured and published in a wide array of topics of public international law including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international economic law. He previously served as an Advisor to the Permanent Mission of a UN member state to the United Nations in New York on various public international law issues. 


  • The Hague Academy of International Law, Directed Studies, 2022
  • Harvard Law School, Master of Laws, 2018
  • Harvard Business School, CORe, 2017
  • Aleppo University, Bachelor of Laws, 2010

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York


  • Armenian
  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • French
  • Spanish


  • Armenia v. Azerbaijan (Application of CERD): Representing Armenia in an ICJ litigation concerning international human rights law.
  • Azerbaijan v. Armenia (Application of CERD): Representing Armenia in an ICJ litigation concerning international human rights law.
  • Sanitek S.a.r.l.,Sanitek and others v. Armenia: Representing Armenia in an ICSID arbitration concerning the waste management industry
  • 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

  • Legal Fellow Independent International Legal Advocates, 2019
  • Research Associate 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

Honors & Involvement

  • Editor of Harvard International Law Journal, 2018
  • Editor of Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 2018
  • Luys Foundation Scholarship, 2017
  • European Society of International Law: Member
  • New York City Bar: Member
  • Association of Young International Criminal Lawyers: Member
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court: Judge
  • Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association: International Arbitration Workshop 

Speaking Engagements

  • "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 Public International Law 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 (Krak√≥w, 2018).