Emmanuel Gaillard founded and heads Shearman & Sterling’s 100-lawyer international arbitration practice. He is universally regarded as a leading authority and a star practitioner in the fields of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration.
Over the course of his career, Emmanuel Gaillard has acted on many of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration. In addition to the US$50 billion award secured for the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company, he acted on the ICC arbitration brought by the Dow Chemical Company against Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, which led to a US$2.47 billion award in favour of Dow, previously distinguished as the largest arbitral award rendered in the history of international arbitration.
A Professor of Law in France currently acting as a visiting professor of law at Yale Law School, Emmanuel Gaillard has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law, in French and in English. Co-author of a leading treatise in the field (Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration), he also authored the first published essay on the legal theory of international arbitration, an essay published in French, English and in a number of translations.
Emmanuel Gaillard has been appointed by France on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. In 2010, he was appointed as expert by UNCITRAL for the drafting of the forthcoming UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the New York Convention.
Emmanuel Gaillard chairs the International Arbitration Institute (IAI).