Arif H. Ali serves as lead attorney or trial counsel in international commercial and investment arbitrations under the procedural rules of all major arbitral institutions including the CRCICA, DIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, ICDR, DIAC, and the UNCITRAL. Mr. Ali has litigated a broad spectrum of disputes across a wide range of industries including oil and gas, mining, infrastructure development, hospitality, and technology. Mr. Ali has particular experience advising on issues involving foreign direct investments, privatization, oil and gas pipeline construction, mining concessions, natural resource exploitation projects and contracts, the development and operation of tourism and hospitality projects, domain names, and patents and trademarks.
Recognized as a leader in investor-state dispute resolution cases, Mr. Ali has also appeared before the International Court of Justice in addition to intergovernmental claims tribunals including the U.S.-Iran Claims Tribunal and the United Nations Compensation Commission. He represents parties from the United States, Asia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Mr. Ali has served as an advisor to several arbitral institutions and currently is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He has spoken at numerous conferences around the globe on a wide range of topics including international arbitration, energy, life sciences, information technology, and internet dispute resolution.
Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Ali served as co-chair of the international arbitration practice at another international law firm. His previous experience also includes working as the UN Compensation Commission section chief and as senior counsel at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center.
Columbia University, B.A., 1986, summa cum laude, Phi
Beta Kappa Honors Society
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990, Vanderbilt Medal, member of the Annual Review of American Law, President of the International Law Students Association
- District of Columbia
- Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
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