Baiju Vasani is an international arbitration lawyer and arbitrator based in London and Washington DC with over 16 years of experience. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations across a range of sectors and industries involving ICSID, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, SIAC, UNCITRAL Rules, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), the Energy Charter Treaty, NAFTA, DR-CAFTA, and public international law. He has also advised States on the negotiation and drafting of treaties.
Baiju currently serves as lead counsel on several investor-state arbitrations, as well as on various complex international commercial arbitrations. He is Co-Head of the Legal Task Force set up to create an international arbitration center for the Horn of Africa under the auspices of the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce and Intergovernmental Development Authority. He is also working with the Government of Somalia to assist it in acceding to the New York Convention and in drafting a new arbitration law.
Baiju is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and on the arbitrator panels of various institutions worldwide, including an appointment to the ICSID Arbitrator Roster by the Republic of Somalia. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University and also has given visiting lectures at, among other universities, Harvard, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Columbia and SOAS. He has regularly been ranked by his peers for expertise in international arbitration by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Chambers UK, Who's Who of International Commercial Arbitration, Guide to the World's Experts in Commercial Arbitration, and Reuters' Super Lawyers, and in 2011 he was named at the age of 36 to Global Arbitration Review's list of leading arbitration practitioners worldwide under the age of 45.