International Dispute Resolution

Global business has been a key source of success for companies of all sizes in the 21st century. With that success, commercial and investment disputes that span cultural, political and jurisdictional borders are also more common.  Organizations with cross-border interests require legal counsel to resolve these disputes who have experience in the international market, firsthand knowledge of local business and legal customs, and the ability to synthesize complex information into clear, convincing arguments.

The International Dispute Resolution (IDR) practice at Crowell & Moring delivers end-to-end advice on the full range of business and governmental disputes worldwide. Together with our affiliate firm, C&M International (CMI) – an international policy and regulatory affairs consulting firm – and our International Trade Group, we provide pre-dispute counseling on investment decisions and dispute resolution clauses, pre-arbitration assistance on potential geopolitical approaches to resolving disputes, representation in international arbitrations, and litigation to enforce arbitral awards. In addition to our extensive knowledge of and background in trade and investment issues and international arbitration, we offer clients CMI's ability to help shape trade policy in the United States and abroad, as well as its experience in interfacing with sovereigns around the globe.

We have particular experience helping clients address issues that arise in conjunction with major infrastructure and other projects that involve government and private-sector joint ventures. Through close cooperation with the firm's Environment & Natural Resources and Energy groups, we regularly augment our international dispute services with the firm's considerable experience in oil, gas, and extracted minerals, and have significant depth resolving issues that arise in the construction and related industries.

We have handled commercial and geopolitical disputes involving business operations, transactions, projects and strategic alliances across the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Asia. We regularly represent private parties, publicly held companies, sovereign governments and state-owned enterprises.

Crowell & Moring is ranked among the top arbitration practices in the world by Global Arbitration Review's GAR 100, a well-respected guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms. With dozens of lawyers practicing from our offices in Washington, D.C., New York, London, and Brussels, we represent clients from a wide range of industries and geographic regions in disputes under international and bilateral trade agreements and treaties, including arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). We have also successfully handled commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL and other rules. Lawyers in our IDR practice work in a diverse range of languages such as Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Hebrew, Turkish and Arabic.