Ronald E.M. Goodman, Ph.D.

Retired Partner - Washington, D.C.

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Ronald Goodman, a retired partner in the firm’s Washington office, concentrated his practice in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on commercial, investor-state, project, energy, and construction matters. Ron represented foreign government and corporate clients in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings before international tribunals, courts, and commissions. He also advised governments with respect to law reform, restructuring, treaties, privatization and project finance matters.

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Education:

  • Princeton University, Ph.D.
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.A., cum laude

Languages:

English, French, Dutch, Spanish

Representative Experience

Investor-State Arbitration

  • FTR Holdings and Philip Morris Products, S.A., v. Uruguay. International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Counsel to Uruguay (2010-present) in case challenging Uruguay's requirements concerning health warnings on cigarette packaging.
  • Anglo American v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in ICSID Additional Facility case regarding nickel mines, under UK-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty.
  • Highbury International AVV and Ramstein Trading Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in this arbitration, brought by a Netherlands Antilles company under the Netherlands-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty, alleging the expropriation of mining concessions. Following victory in this case, counsel to Venezuela in the annulment case brought by claimant and in new ICSID case involving same matter.
  • Crystallex v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in an ICSID Additional Facility case related to a treaty dispute arising out of a mine operating contract between a Canadian mining concern and a Venezuelan state-owned entity.
  • M.C.I. Power Group L.C. v. Republic of Ecuador. Counsel to Ecuador in an ICSID annulment proceeding brought by Canadian investor in electric power sector seeking to annul arbitral award in favor of Ecuador.
  • Skye Ventures v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in Ohio U.S Federal Court case regarding forged bank promissory notes.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in ICSID arbitration brought by Luxembourg and Portuguese companies regarding steel pellets and in a related ICSID arbitration regarding seamless steel tubes.
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. Republic of Ecuador. Counsel to Ecuador in ICSID proceeding for provisional measures sought by U.S. oil company based on allegation that its investment in an Ecuadorian oil field was expropriated.
  • Vannessa Ventures Ltd. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in proceeding under the ICSID Additional Facility, based on a claim of expropriation brought by a Canadian mining company under the bilateral investment treaty between Canada and Venezuela.
  • Valores Mundiales v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in ICSID case involving agricultural products.
  • Gold Reserve v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in this ICSID Additional Facility case brought by a Canadian gold mining company over Venezuela's cancellation of gold concessions and the revocation of related environmental permits. Gold Reserve alleges violations of the Canada-Venezuela BIT. Also represent Venezuela in annulment and attachment proceedings.
  • Nova Scotia Power Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in an arbitral proceeding under the UNCITRAL Rules, arising from a coal supply contract, brought by a Canadian company under the Canada-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty. Also, represented Venezuela in the same case subsequently brought under ICSID Additional Facility.
  • I&I Beheer B.V. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitral proceeding based upon a dispute over promissory notes, brought by a Netherlands investor under the bilateral investment treaty between Holland and Venezuela.
  • Victor Pey Casado and Fundación Presidente Allende v. Republic of Chile. Represented Chile in its defense of a claim in an ICSID arbitration under the bilateral investment treaty between the Kingdom of Spain and Chile.
  • MTD Equity Sdn. Bhd. and MTD Chile S.A. v. Republic of Chile. Represented Chile in an ICSID annulment proceeding, based upon an arbitral award issued under the bilateral investment treaty between Malaysia and Chile. The proceeding concerned a housing construction project.
  • Sociedad Anónima Eduardo Vieira v. Republic of Chile. Advised Chile in an ICSID arbitration brought against it by a Spanish fishing company under the bilateral investment treaty between Chile and the Kingdom of Spain.
  • Noble Ventures v. Romania. Represented the Government of Romania in an ICSID arbitration concerning a steel mill under the bilateral investment treaty between the United States and Romania.
  • Delaney v. Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures. Defended a Cameroon state-owned company in an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration in Paris against a Bermuda oil company over the sale of oil.

Commercial and Construction Arbitration

  • Raytheon Anschütz v. National Drydocks and Shipyards (DIANCA). Represented DIANCA in an ICC arbitration brought by Raytheon.
  • Simco and Wood Group v. PDVSA Petróleo, S.A (PPSA). Counsel to PPSA in an ICC arbitration regarding oil fields water injection and treatment plants.
  • A.E.I Luxembourg Holdings S.ar.L. v. Republic of Bolivia. Counsel to Bolivia in Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration under an investment treaty between Luxembourg and Bolivia based on Bolivia's nationalization of a gas pipeline company.
  • Represented a European/Latin American construction consortium in a Spanish language ICC arbitration in Bolivia related to the construction of a water transfer tunnel.
  • Defended a Japanese trading company in an ICC arbitration brought by a Turkish construction company related to the construction of a hydroelectric facility in Turkey.
  • Represented a French construction company in an arbitration against an African state owned entity in an ad hoc proceeding in another African country regarding the construction of a dam construction site access road.
  • Represented a French construction company in arbitration, pre-arbitration, and conciliation proceedings in Singapore against an Asian government under European Development Fund Rules in relation to the construction of a highway.
  • Represented the owner of a large entertainment facility in an ICC arbitration in Paris related to construction at the facility.
  • Defended an African state entity in an ICC arbitration brought by a foreign construction consortium related to the construction of a dam.
  • Represented an Asian company with respect to an ICC arbitration brought against it by a Government-controlled company in relation to the construction of an LPG plant in the Middle East.
  • Represented construction companies of Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bahamas with respect to their claims submitted to the U.N. Compensation Commission regarding the construction of a dam in northern Iraq.
  • Represented a French construction company in an ad hoc arbitration against an Indian state-owned entity over the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Kashmir.
  • Represented a Japanese company in an ICC arbitration brought by a English reinsurance company over a chemical plant fire.
  • Advised a U.S. bank with respect to a claim to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) regarding expropriation of a power plant in Latin America.
  • Advised the South African Law Commission with respect to South Africa’s new draft bill on international arbitration.

Project Finance/ Privatization / Other Advisory

  • Advised the City of Johannesburg with respect to the sale of its power generation plant to a private sector purchaser, including negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement, the power purchase agreement, advice on competition and other regulatory issues.
  • Advised the City of Pretoria with respect to the sale of one of its power generation plants to a private sector purchaser.
  • Advised the Government of Mozambique on the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Project, including negotiations with the Government of Portugal on debt refinancing and restructuring of the project company, and power purchase negotiations with Eskom, the South African electric utility.
  • Advised the South African Government and the Mozambique Government with respect to the project financing of the Maputo Development Corridor Toll Highway Project, a toll road between the two countries, the first limited recourse project financing in Southern Africa, including advice on the treaty between the countries enabling the project.
  • Advised the three arrangers and underwriters, including the Development Bank of Southern Africa, with respect to the project financing of the water and sanitation services of a municipality in South Africa.
  • Advised the South African Government with respect to the project financing of the N3 toll road project from Johannesburg to Durban (“African Project Finance Deal of the Year”.)
  • Advised, as Regional Counsel, the International Finance Corporation and the Government of Botswana in the partial privatization of Air Botswana.
  • Advised the Province of KwaZulu Natal in its public-private partnership project for the equipping, maintenance and operation of Durban’s new Central Hospital.
  • Advised the Governments of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa on the establishment of a statutory and regulatory framework for various conservation areas, the drafting of treaties for the coordinated and effective control of malaria (the first such treaty in the world) and for the management and coordination of transfrontier areas and the concessioning of various tourism facilities.
  • Advised the South African Government in defense procurement, including advice on procurement contracts and countertrade requirements.
  • Advised the South African Government in its $500 million project to transform and recapitalize the South African taxi fleet.
  • Advised the South African Government in the restructuring of the South African statutory framework for the regulation of the airports sector and partial privatization of Airports Company of South Africa Limited by the sale of a strategic minority interest.
  • Advised the South African Government in the US$1.26 billion sale of a strategic minority interest in Telkom SA Limited.
  • Co-Author (with Y. Parkhomenko), “Does the Chorzów Factory Standard Apply in Investment Arbitration? Contextual
    Reappraisal,” THE ICSID REVIEW – FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAW JOURNAL (2017).
  • Author (with Rodrigo Novoa), “Inversiones con China: Cómo protegerlas mejor,” Revista del Abogado, Santiago de Chile, April, 2007.
  • Author, "South Africa: New Draft International Arbitration Act," 1 INT. A.L.R.(1997). 
  • Author, “Conciliation, Mediation and Dispute Resolution,” Proceedings of the 90th Annual Meeting, ASIL, March, 1996 (1997). 
  • Author, "Provisional Measures and the Protection of ICSID Jurisdictional Exclusivity Against Municipal Proceedings" (with Charles N. Brower), 6 ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal 431 (1991). 
  • Author, "UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration: Divergent Approaches in England and Scotland - A Question of Appeal?”, International Business Lawyer 250 (1990). 
  • Author, “Arbitrability and Antitrust: Mitsubishi Motors Corp. v. Soler Chrysler-Plymouth” in 23 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 655 (1985).

Honors

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers USA
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

Involvement

  • International Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • International Law Association (American branch)
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Association of Arbitrators, Southern Africa (Fellow)
  • Panel of Arbitrators of the Korean Arbitration Association
  • United States Council for International Business, Arbitration Committee
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • New York State Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice
  • Co-chair, "Remedies Against States Under Public International Law," State Chancellery, Republic of Latvia, International Conference on Public International Law Treaties: Theory and Practice, Riga, October 30-31, 2008.
  • Co-chair, "Investment Arbitration and Natural Resources", New York State Bar Association, International Law and Practice Section Fall Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, September, 2008.
  • Faculty Expert, American University, International Arbitration Summer Session course, "Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration," May 2008.
  • Panelist, "Annulment and Judicial Review-How 'Final' Is an Award," Juris Second Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C., April 25, 2008.
  • Speaker, "Investment Arbitration at a Crossroads: Latin American States Reject ICSID," ABA, International Section Spring Meeting, New York, April 3, 2008.
  • Speaker, "The Initiation of an Investment Arbitration," Cameron May Conference on Commercial and Investment Arbitration in Latin America, Quito, Ecuador, November 30, 2007.
  • Moderator, "Current Legal Issues in Latin American BIT Arbitration," American University Conference on Investment Arbitration in Latin America, Washington, D.C., October 24, 2007.
  • Co-chair, "Fair and Equitable and Most Favored Nation Treatment: New Liability for States," New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section Fall Meeting, Lima, Peru, September, 2007.
  • Faculty Expert, American University, International Arbitration Summer Session course, "Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration," May 2007.
  • Speaker, "The Conditions for Negotiating Recourse to Arbitration When Sovereign States are Involved," 6th Conference of Brazilian Committee of Arbitration and the 2nd ICC Arbitration Day," Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, October 30, 2006.
  • Faculty Member and Speaker, "Presentation and Discussion on the Selection of Arbitrators -- From the Parties' Point of View," American University's Third Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration ("How to Handle a Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration"), co-sponsored by the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington, D.C., October 9-12, 2006.
  • Speaker, "The Fair and Equitable Standard: The Continuing Development of New Liability for States," State Chancellery, Republic of Latvia, International Conference on "Topics in International Commercial Arbitration," Riga, September 4-5, 2006.
  • Faculty Expert, American University, International Arbitration Summer Session course "Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration," May 30-31, 2006.
  • Moderator, Roundtable panel entitled "The Corporate Counsel Perspective on International Law and Dispute Resolution: Are Improvements Needed in Laws, Rules and Services?", International Law Section of the American Bar Association, Spring Conference, New York, April 7, 2006.
  • Co-Moderator, Roundtable panel entitled, "May It Please the Court: A Forum With Some of the World's Leading Arbitral Institutions," International Law Section of the American Bar Association, Spring Conference, New York, April 6, 2006.
  • Co-Moderator, Roundtable panel entitled, "Transatlantic Arbitration Choice of Forum -London or New York," New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section 2005, Fall Meeting, ("Cross-Atlantic Legal Practice in a Time of Global Change") in cooperation with the Law Society of England and Wales, London, October 18-23, 2005.
  • Speaker, "Overlapping Jurisdictions in International Commerce," 2005 Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law, The Hague, June 30 - July 2, 2005.
  • Speaker, "Choice of Forum: Jurisdictional and Other Considerations," on the panel "Investing in Latin America: coping with the political risk," International Bar Association Conference 2003, San Francisco, September 16, 2003.
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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
  • Barreau de Paris (not currently enrolled)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit