Gisela Paris

Associate - Washington, D.C.

Gisela Paris
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Education:

  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Master in International Legal Studies, Hugo Grotius Scholar, 2007
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Abogada (J.D. equivalent), Honors Diploma, 2004
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Specialization in International Law, 2004

Languages:

English, Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese

Representative Experience

Investor-State Arbitration

  • Chevron Corp. and Texaco Petroleum Corp. v. Republic of Ecuador. Representing Ecuador in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules regarding a $ 9.5 billion ruling issued by an Ecuadorian court against Chevron for pollution and damage to human health in the Ecuadorian Amazon. 
  • Consorcio GLP Ecuador v. Republic of Ecuador (UNCITRAL case). Representing Ecuador in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. 
  • Highbury International AVV and Ramstein Trading Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/1). Represented Venezuela in the annulment proceedings initiated by claimants. 
  • Agroinsumos Ibero-Americanos, S.L., Inica Latinoamericana, S.L., Proyefa Internacional, S.L., Verica Atlántica, S.L. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/23). Represented Venezuela in an arbitration in the food industry. 
  • Valores Mundiales, S.L. and Consorcio Andino, S.L. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/11). Represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration concerning regulations in the food production sector and in the annulment proceedings.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/23). Represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in ICSID arbitration brought by Luxembourg and Portuguese companies under bilateral investment treaties regarding seamless steel tubes and in the annulment proceedings.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/26). Represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in ICSID arbitration brought by Luxembourg and Portuguese companies under bilateral investment treaties regarding the steel industry.
  • Enel Green Power S.p.A. v. Republic of El Salvador (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/18) Counsel to a sovereign state in ICSID proceedings under CAFTA in connection with a claim for economic losses arising out of an electricity company’s investment in an electricity distribution company.
  • Pac Rim Cayman v. Republic of El Salvador (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/12). Represented El Salvador in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Salvadoran Investment Law in relation to a gold mining project.
  • Represented a sovereign state in ICSID proceedings brought by two different multinational oil companies in connection with breach of investment guarantees under a BIT and the domestic investment law of the state, related to heavy oil projects.
  • Represented a state-owned petroleum company in ICC proceedings due to contract claims, related to heavy oil projects. 
  • Represented Mauritius in an ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL rules brought by two Indian companies related to the termination of a land development agreement (Confidential).
  • ConocoPhillips Petrozuata B.V., ConocoPhillips Hamaca B.V. and Conoco Phillips Gulf of Paria B.V. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB / 07/30). Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration initiated by the oil company regarding the violation of investment guarantees in accordance with a bilateral investment treaty and the local investment law of that State, in relation to heavy crude projects.
  • Venezuela Holdings, B.V., et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB / 07/27). Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration initiated by an oil company regarding the violation of investment guarantees in accordance with a bilateral investment treaty and the local investment law of that State, in relation to heavy crude projects.
  • TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC c. República de Guatemala (Caso CIADI No. ARB/10/23). Represented the Republic of Guatemala in an ICSID arbitration which arose under the CAFTA-DR treaty in relation to investments in the electricity sector.

International Commercial Arbitration 

  • Representing Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) in a dispute related to the construction of a US $ 2 billion power plant in the Dominican Republic.
  • Representing a Nicaraguan company in a dispute and in the upcoming arbitration before the ICC against a Colombian company related to corporate matters in the energy sector.

Foreign Sovereign Representation in U.S. Courts

  • Morales v. Nicaragua and INISER. Represent Nicaragua and national insurance company before U.S. Courts.

International Advisory Matters

  • Advising States on the renegotiation of its bilateral investment treaties.

Pro-Bono Work

  • Represents clients in front of immigration and family relations tribunals in the State of Virginia; work jointly with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense).
  • Represents clients who request protection under the VAWA Law (Violence against Women).
  • Represents clients before the the District of Columbia Courts regarding eviction cases.

Professional Experience

  • Previously worked in the International Arbitration department of major international law firms in New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Argentina.

Honors

  • Hugo Grotius Scholar, New York University, School of Law, 2006-2007
  • Fundación Carolina de Argentina Scholar, 2005

Involvement

  • City of Buenos Aires Bar Association (C.P.A.C.F., Argentina)
  • International Bar Association
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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Argentina