Background - Practices (Details)

International Dispute Resolution


We resolve commercial and governmental disputes anywhere in the world.

Organizations with cross-border interests turn to the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) practice at Crowell for end-to-end advice on the full range of business and governmental disputes worldwide. From commercial and investor state arbitration to litigation and beyond, our team has the legal skills and firsthand knowledge of international markets, local business and legal customs, venues, cultures, and languages necessary to resolve complex and high-stakes disputes across the globe.

Crowell’s team has been consistently recognized by publications such as Global Arbitration Review, Chambers, and Latinvex as a leader in international disputes.

A truly international practice

Crowell & Moring’s IDR group has a global footprint, offering unparalleled skills and subject-matter expertise to clients with cross-border interests. We offer:

  • Offices in Washington, D.C., New York, London, Doha, and Brussels
  • Matters in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North Africa
  • Fluency in languages including Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Hebrew, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, and Arabic
  • Disputes under international and bilateral trade agreements and treaties, including arbitrations before:
    • The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
    • The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
    • 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)
    • Ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL and other rules

Tackling every stage of commercial and geopolitical disputes across sectors

Partnering with other Crowell & Moring practice groups and with C&M International — our affiliate international policy and regulatory affairs consulting firm — the IDR group advises clients in sectors including infrastructure, construction, aviation, technology, finance, and energy regarding:

  • Pre-dispute counseling on investment decisions and dispute-resolution clauses
  • Pre-arbitration support on potential geopolitical approaches
  • Representation in international arbitrations
  • Litigation to enforce arbitral awards
  • Consulting to shape trade policy in the U.S. and abroad
  • Interfacing with sovereigns around the globe


The disputes we resolve for our clients require the coordination of skills and experience across practice areas including international trade, energy, environment and natural resources, financial services, infrastructure, and more. We also draw on the expertise of our affiliate C&M International to help clients shape the legal, regulatory, and commercial landscape in key international markets. We customize each legal team for every matter because collaboration leads to success for our clients.