Emily Alban joined Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office in 2007, where she practices in the International Dispute Resolution Group. Emily's international arbitration practice involves participation in arbitrations before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and litigation before United States federal courts. She also is active in counseling clients regarding various Internet governance and domain name issues.
Emily's recent arbitration and litigation experience includes:
- Representing an Internet registry services company in a dispute under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration rules against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), arising out of a claim of breach of contract involving the operation of the top level domain (TLD).
- Representing an Internet registry services company in a dispute under the ICDR International Arbitration Rules against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), arising out of ICANN’s improper refusal to award the sTLD <.xxx> (ICM Registry, LLC v. ICANN)
- Representing an American-owned Kazakh investor in connection with ICSID arbitration proceedings against Kazakhstan under the U.S.-Kazakhstan BIT, relating to the government's expropriation of the investor's oil production concession. (Caratube International Oil Company v. Kazakhstan)
- Representing an American investor in connection with ICSID arbitration proceedings against Egypt under the U.S.-Egypt BIT, relating to the government's expropriation of an investment in its hotel and tourism sector. (H&H Enterprises Investments Inc. v. Egypt)
- Representing a U.S. energy services company in annulment proceedings at ICSID against the Republic of Peru. The annulment relates to a successful final ICSID award of approximately US$ 20 million received by the company in 2008. (Duke Energy Peru Investments No. 1, Ltd. v. Peru)
Emily's recent counseling experience includes:
- Advising corporations and organizations in efforts to object to or otherwise challenge pending TLD applications.
- Advising corporations and organizations in efforts to respond to objections to pending TLD applications.
- Advising parties in efforts to apply for, secure, and operate top level domains.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Emily clerked for Justice Nathan Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas.
Emily received a B.A., summa cum laude, in international relations from the College of William & Mary in 2003. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 2006 from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she was a member of the Harvard International Law Journal, participated in national mock trial competitions, and was a semi-finalist in Harvard's Ames Moot Court competition.
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Texas (inactive)
Professional Activities & Memberships
- LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
ICDR Young & International
"Application for New gTLDs and Domain Names," Domains & Domain Names 2015, Getting the Deal Through
(contributing editor: Flip Petillion). Authors: John L. Murino and Emily Alban.
"Congressional Discussions on the Transition of Internet Domain Name Functions from the U.S. Department of Commerce to ICANN," Crowell & Moring's Public Policy Bulletin
(April 3, 2015).
Author: Emily Alban.
"Application of Domain Names in Existing or New gTLDs," Domains & Domain Names 2014, Getting the Deal Through
(contributing editor: Flip Petillion). Authors: John Murino and Emily Alban.
"Lessons from the Cases Against ICANN," Managing Intellectual Property
Authors: Flip Petillion, John L. Murino, Emily Alban, and Jan Janssen.
"The Sun Never Sets: Provisional Application and The Energy Charter Treaty," Energy Dispute Resolution: Investment Protection, Transit and the Energy Charter Treaty
(Graham Coop, ed., June 2011).
Co-Authors: Alexandre de Gramont and Emily M. Alban.
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