M. Arsalan Suleman

Counsel - Washington, D.C.

Arsalan Suleman
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M. Arsalan Suleman is a counsel in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Practice. His practice focuses on representing sovereign States in international disputes, including before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, UN treaty bodies, U.S. courts, and other tribunals and dispute resolution forums. He primarily advises sovereign States and State-owned companies in Africa, the Middle East, and Central, South and Southeast Asia.

Arsalan is the U.S. Department of State's former Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the world's second largest international organization after the United Nations. He engaged with the OIC and its member states on bilateral and multilateral foreign policy issues, including via remarks before and participation in Heads-of-State Summits and Ministerial Level Meetings. Arsalan launched the first-ever U.S.-OIC annual bilateral consultations, institutionalizing the U.S.-OIC relationship via an annual dialogue process. He engaged with the OIC, OIC member countries, and relevant civil society on a broad range of foreign policy issues, establishing partnerships in areas of mutual interest such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology.

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Education:

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
  • Trinity College, University of Dublin, M.Ph., first honors, 2004
  • Georgetown University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2003

Languages:

English, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish

Representative Experience

Inter-State Dispute Resolution (Public International Law)

  • Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar). Counsel to the Republic of The Gambia before the International Court of Justice in a lawsuit under the Genocide Convention seeking to hold Myanmar accountable under international law for genocide against the Rohingya. Secured unanimous provisional measures order against Myanmar.
  • Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar). Counsel to the State of Qatar in proceedings before the International Court of Justice arising under the Convention on International Civil Aviation, or the Chicago Convention, constituting appeals against decisions as to the jurisdiction and competence of the ICAO Council.
  • Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar). Counsel to the State of Qatar in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, arising under the International Air Services Transit Agreement, constituting appeals against decisions as to the jurisdiction and competence of the ICAO Council. 
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. UAE). Counsel to the State of Qatar before the International Court of Justice with respect to claims arising from breaches of the ICERD by the UAE.
  • Switzerland v. Nigeria (M/T San Padre Pio). Counsel to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea against Switzerland under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea concerning the detention of a Swiss-flagged shipping vessel and Nigeria’s enforcement of criminal laws regarding bunkering of fuel oil in its Exclusive Economic Zone. 
  • Qatar v. UAE. Advising the State of Qatar in a CERD Committee proceeding and an ad hoc conciliation concerning international human rights law.
  • Qatar v. Saudi Arabia. Advising the State of Qatar in a CERD Committee proceeding and an ad hoc conciliation concerning international human rights law.
  • Qatar v. UAE. Advising the State of Qatar in a dispute concerning international trade law before the World Trade Organization.
  • Qatar v. Saudi Arabia. Advising the State of Qatar in a dispute concerning international trade law before the World Trade Organization.
  • Qatar v. Bahrain. Representing the State of Qatar in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union.
  • Qatar v. Egypt. Representing the State of Qatar in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union.
  • Qatar v. Saudi Arabia. Representing the State of Qatar in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union.
  • Qatar v. UAE. Representing the State of Qatar in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union.

Foreign Sovereign Litigation Before United States Courts

  • Isegohi Edwards v. Federal Republic of Nigeria et. al. Represented the Federal Republic of Nigeria and nine other Nigerian state entities and officials in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to successfully defend against an action seeking over $657 million related to the enforcement of a foreign court judgment.
  • Jennifer Edward v. Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations et al. Represent the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in a lawsuit seeking damages.

Other Professional Experience

  • Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Nonresident Fellow
  • Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Acting, U.S. Department of State
  • Counselor for Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • Deputy Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), U.S. Department of State
  • Law Clerk, Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • “The Trump Effect: International Negotiation and Dispute Resolution,” G.W. INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2020) 
  • “Religious Intolerance and America’s Image and Policies Abroad”, INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF DIPLOMACY, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, 2018.  
  • “Return of the Clash: Operationalizing a Tainted Worldview,” 40:4 The Washington Quarterly 49 (2017)
  • “‘Trumping’ Jerusalem is fraught with dangerous implications,” THE HILL (December 18, 2017)
  • “Why the U.S. Needs Its Envoys,” Foreign Affairs, (Aug. 24, 2017)
  • “A Necessary Conversation: Debunking Religious Justifications for FGM/C,” BERKLEY FORUM, Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, (July 11, 2017)
  • "Trump’s Farcical New Beginning with Muslims," FOREIGN POLICY (May 18, 2017)
  • “Surging Hate Crimes: A Concern for All Americans,” in WISE UP: KNOWLEDGE ENDS EXTREMISM (2017)
  • “Why the United States Cannot Agree on Blasphemy Laws,” 32 Boston Univ. Int’l L. J. 119 (2014)
  • “Bargaining in the Shadow of Violence: The NPT, IAEA, and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Negotiations,” 26 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 206 (2008)
  • “Strategic Planning for Combatting Terrorism – A Critical Examination,” 5 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol’y & Ethics J. 567 (2007)
  • "Recent Development, Military Commissions Act of 2006,” 20 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 325 (2007)
  • "Recent Development, Detainee Treatment Act of 2005,” 19 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 257 (2006)

Honors

  • Advocate of the Year, 2019, Justice for All
  • Awarded numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards by the U.S. Department of State
  • Franklin Fellow, U.S. Department of State, 2010-2011
  • Heyman Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2010-2013
  • Empire State Counsel Pro Bono Honors, 2009-2010
  • Harvard Negotiation Research Project Fellow, 2006-2007
  • George Mitchell Scholar, 2003-2004
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation Americorps Fellow, 2001-2002

Involvement

  • America Indivisible, Board Chair 
  • Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, Member
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Harvard Human Rights Journal, Submissions and Solicitations Editor
  • Harvard International Law Journal, Editor
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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York