Dr. Derek Smith practices in the areas of international dispute resolution, international boundaries, public international law and petroleum law. He represents governments and state entities in international arbitration and litigation, including cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as well as arbitration proceedings under the ICSID Convention, the ICC Rules, the UNCITRAL rules, and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Dr. Smith represents government clients with regard to the settlement of international boundary disputes through litigation, mediation and negotiation. In addition to advising clients on boundary delimitation, he assists them in establishing unitization agreements and other legal mechanisms for handling trans-boundary resources.
He also works with governments of petroleum producing countries and national oil companies in the full range of matters related to oil and gas exploration, production and monetization, including the resolution of disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Smith was chair of the Investment Arbitration and Public International Law Practice Group of Dewey & LeBoeuf where he was also a member of the international oil and gas practice group. Before entering private practice, Dr. Smith was Associate General Counsel at the United States Department of Justice.