Rumbidzai Maweni

Associate - Washington, D.C.

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Rumbidzai Maweni is an associate in Foley Hoag’s Washington D.C. office and a member of the International Litigation and Arbitration Department. She focuses her practice on representing sovereign States in investor-State and State-to-State disputes. She is also a member of the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility practice and maintains an active pro bono practice representing clients in civil rights and domestic violence matters, and advising international NGOs. 

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  • Universiteit van Amsterdam, LL.M., 2014
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Oxford University, M.Phil., 2010
  • University of Durham, B.A., 2008


English, Shona, French

Representative Experience

  • Niko Resources v. Bangladesh, Bapex and Petrobangla. Representing Bangladesh, and its state entities, in a dispute before ICSID concerning the causes, impacts, and damages related to two gas blowouts. 
  • Chevron Corp. & Texaco Petroleum Corp. v. Republic of Ecuador. Representing Ecuador in an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration under the Ecuador-United States bilateral investment treaty regarding a $9.5 billion judgment issued by an Ecuadorian court against Chevron for environmental damages in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • Sacyr S.A. v. The Republic of Panama. Representing Panama in an UNCITRAL Rules arbitration under the Spain-Panama bilateral investment treaty regarding the expansion of the Panama canal.
  • Legal Frameworks and Foreign Investment: A Primer on Governments’ Obligations, co-authored with Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Lise Johnson, and Sam Szoke-Burke (November 2019). 


  • American Society of International Law, Member
  • Oxford University Press, Investment Claims: Contributor


  • Panelist, “TRIPS Compliant Compulsory Licenses for the Promotion of Public Health as a Breach of the FET Standard in ISDS Disputes,” Joint ASIL-CCIL North American Conference on International Economic Law, Montreal, QC (September 2018). 
  • Panelist, “Expropriation, Land Rights, and Sustainable Agricultural Investment,” 20th Annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, Washington D.C. (March 2019). 
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Bar Admissions

  • Admitted only in New York; practicing under the supervision of active members of the D.C. bar