Elena Fontanelli


  • International arbitration, with particular focus on:
    • international commercial arbitration
    • investment arbitration in cross-jurisdictional matters for both sovereign entities and companies
    • international commercial contracts
  • Key sectors:
    • oil and gas
    • environmental damage liability
    • construction and infrastructures
    • international trade
  • Foreign languages: English and French


  • Joined the firm in 2022
  • Former Deputy Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, Swiss-Italian team (2019-2022)
  • Former Research Associate at the University of Miami International Arbitration Institute (2016-2021)
  • Former intern at leading firms in Italy and at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in France (2015-2016)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of AIA-ArbIt below 40


  • Lecturer at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Member of the Italian Bar
  • LL.M. in International Arbitration from University of Miami School of Law
  • Law degree from Roma Tre University

Knowledge Sharing

ICSID has amended its Rules

On 21 March 2022, the ICSID Member States approved wide-ranging amendments to the ICSID Institution Rules, Arbitration Rules and the Additional Facility Rules, which will come into effect on 1 July 2022. The new rules aim to streamline procedures improving efficiency, increasing transparency, a …

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