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Vasilis Pappas, FCIArb is the head of international arbitration at Bennett Jones LLP. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and investorstate arbitration, with a particular emphasis on construction disputes.
Vasilis represents multinational companies all over the world in complex commercial disputes in a diverse range of sectors, including, oil and gas, mining, banking, insurance, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. He has acted as arbitration counsel under the world’s leading international arbitration rule systems including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR and AAA, and as litigation counsel before the courts of the United States and Canada. Vasilis also represents sovereign states and multinational companies worldwide in investor-state disputes under NAFTA Chapter 11, the ICSID Convention and other bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Vasilis practised for eight years in New York City with a leading international law firm. He also practised with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada), representing Canada in investor-state arbitrations and investment treaty negotiations.
Vasilis now works out of Bennett Jones’ Vancouver and Calgary offices. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in the field of international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the Canadian roster of arbitrators of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He also publishes and speaks regularly on topics pertaining to international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration.
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