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Ian A. Laird


Partner, Cowell & Moring LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., McGill; LL.B.; Windsor, LL.M., Cantab

Ian A. Laird is co-chair of Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown...

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Ian A. Laird is co-chair of Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. For 20 years, Ian has counseled parties in investment arbitrations under the provisions of NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), and other international investment agreements, typically applying the arbitration rules of ICSID or UNCITRAL. Ian's experience includes working on the earliest NAFTA investor-state arbitrations involving each of the three NAFTA state parties, and most recently has handled high profile gold and uranium mining arbitrations under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He has been counsel on numerous investment treaty arbitrations and commercial disputes, most recently involving Egypt, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Turkey. Ian serves as co-director of the International Investment Law Center (International Law Institute) in Washington, D.C., and he is co-editor of the book series, Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law (now in its 11th edition). Ian is also the co-founder of a leading resource in the field of investment arbitration, www.InvestmentClaims.com (published by Oxford University Press). Ian is a D.C.-licensed Special Legal Consultant based in the Washington D.C. office of Crowell & Moring.

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"Time for the Three Amigos to make a bold statement on free trade," an opinion piece written by Adjunct Professor Ian Laird, in The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Can.), June 28, 2016.

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"Time for the Three Amigos to make a bold statement on free trade," an opinion piece written by Adjunct Professor Ian Laird, in The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Can.), June 28, 2016.

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