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

A New Code of Conduct for Arbitrators in Investor-State Disputes

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) adopted the Code of Conduct for Arbitrators in International Investment Disputes during its 56th annual session at the end of July. The code was drafted jointly with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disp …

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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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