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Janet M. Whittaker

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Counsel, Washington, D.C.

Janet Whittaker is Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Whittaker’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation, and advice on international law issues. She has represented clients in several jurisdictions and across a wide range of industries, including in the energy, infrastructure, insurance and water sectors. Ms. Whittaker has acted as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major arbitration rules and ad hoc. Her engagements have included representing Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A. in U.S. federal court litigation, defending the Dominican Republic in ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations and representing General Electric and Bechtel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in connection with the multi-billion dollar Dabhol Power Project in Maharashtra, India. Ms. Whittaker also sits as arbitrator.

Ms. Whittaker previously served as Legal Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank. In her role at ICSID, Ms. Whittaker was responsible for cases brought under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and national investment laws in Asia, Latin America and North America. She served as counsel and as secretary to tribunals in cases in the oil and gas, mining, construction and telecommunication industries. Ms. Whittaker has also practiced in litigation and international arbitration in the United Kingdom and has experience of proceedings under European, U.K. and U.S. antitrust laws.

Ms. Whittaker received an LL.B. in Law and Italian Law from University College London in 1995, an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges in 1996, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2001, where she was a James Kent and Fulbright Scholar. She taught International Arbitration at Stanford Law School from 2006 to 2007 and European Law at University College London from 1996 to 1997. She is a frequent speaker and author on international arbitration, international litigation and international law issues.


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