Emma Lindsay

Partner | New York

Emma is a partner in the international arbitration and public international law teams.

Emma leads the firm’s international arbitration and public international law teams in the United States. Originally trained as a barrister in London, Emma has practiced international law in New York for more than fifteen years. She specializes in investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law. She represents corporations, governments, individuals and organizations around the world and across a wide range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, insurance, pharmaceuticals, technology, tourism, hospitality and financial services. She also appears in U.S. courts in international litigation matters involving the application of international law through the U.S. Constitution, the Alien Tort Claims Act, the Federal Arbitration Act and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, among other sources. In addition to her work as counsel, Emma sits as an arbitrator. She is a member of the Roster of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the Panel of International Arbitrators of the Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean and the List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Emma’s experience spans disputes throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She is ranked in Who’s Who Legal where she has been described as “a top advocate in international commercial and investment arbitration” and “a great public international lawyer” who “gives clients a great sense of security, that they are opting for the best available step as proceedings advance”. Clients praise her “practical and creative strategies and deep substantive expertise” and say she is “versatile, pragmatic, solution-oriented and when she takes the floor she commands attention”. She has been selected repeatedly as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers by Latinvex for her practice involving the region. She regularly advises clients in connection with transactional matters, including investment risk mitigation, treaty protection planning and the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international contracts.

As part of her international practice, Emma represents and advises states, corporations, individuals, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations on public international law matters including the negotiation, interpretation and application of treaties, sovereignty over territory, land and maritime boundaries, sanctions, state immunity, international investment law, international human rights law and the law of the sea. She has particular expertise in matters before the International Court of Justice.

Emma has an active pro bono practice encompassing representation and advice in matters at the state, federal, regional and international levels, including proceedings before the United States Supreme Court, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and various United Nations bodies.

Prior to entering private practice, Emma served as a researcher at the British Institute of International & Comparative Law and as a law clerk to the Presiding Judge at the International Court of Justice. She has taught international arbitration and public international law to students at New York University School of Law, Columbia Law School and the New School University, among others. She publishes and speaks widely in the fields of international arbitration and public international law.

Emma holds an honors degree in law from Balliol College, University of Oxford and an LLM in international law from New York University School of Law, where she served as a graduate editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics.

Secretary Laura Gosheff


“She gives clients a great sense of security, that they are opting for the best available step as proceedings advance.”

Who's Who Legal, 2020

“Emma has the ability and expertise to swiftly capture the full structure of the legal systems of different jurisdictions and promptly provide necessary advice.”

Who's Who Legal, 2020

“She’s versatile, pragmatic, solution-oriented and when she takes the floor she commands attention.”

Who's Who Legal, 2020

Track record





Advising State on treaty obligations, including State-to-State arbitration proceedings.

Advising State on proceedings before International Court of Justice concerning human rights treaty.

Representing Asian investor in UNCITRAL arbitration against Sub-Saharan African State involving bilateral investment treaty claims related to free trade zone.

New York, 2004

England & Wales, 2002

Seasteads: Self-Isolation For The Ultra Wealthy,’ Billionaire - July 16, 2020, featured

American Arbitration Association Roster of Arbitrators

Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean Panel of International Arbitrators

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre List of Arbitrators

Clooney Foundation for Justice Board of Directors

Synchronicity Earth USA Board of Directors

Speaker, The Fourteenth Annual Generations in Arbitration Conference Program, Welcoming Remarks - Hong Kong Week 2020, November 4, 2020

Panelist, The Duty of Good Faith in International Dispute Settlement, American Society of International Law Annual Meeting (2020)

Panelist, Discovery in aid of arbitration under 28 USC §1782, Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders Arbitration Conference, Washington DC (2019)



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