Lecturer in Law
Christian Leathley is Of Counsel at the international law firm, Herbert Smith LLP. He is based in London and Madrid (having previously worked in New York for five years).
Christian specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration. He is New York and English law qualified and has acted for individuals, corporations and sovereign states in cases arising from all major industry sectors, under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), and UNCITRAL. Christian also has experience of working at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
Christian regularly appears as an advocate before arbitral tribunals in many different jurisdictions in both English and Spanish. He also has experience in the practice of public international law, and has a particular focus on energy related disputes.
His particular specialization is Latin American disputes. Christian is author of International Dispute Resolution in Latin America: An Institutional Overview (Kluwer Law International, 2007) and a member of Kluwer Arbitration's editorial advisory board. Christian is recognized in Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America for international arbitration, as "an experienced international arbitration lawyer, especially in handling Latin American disputes." Christian is fluent in Spanish and can read and understand Brazilian Portuguese.
Christian is co-chair of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Dispute Resolution Interest Group, the IBA’s delegate at the UNCITRAL Working Group II negotiations at the United Nations regarding transparency in treaty-based investor-State arbitration. He is also a member of the ICC (UK), LCIA, and Chairman of the Association of International Arbitration (AIA) Investment Arbitration Working Group.
Christian has taught international arbitration in the United States and Europe, including the University of Pennsylvania Law School.