Ina C. Popova is a Partner in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group who focuses on international arbitration and litigation and public international law. Ms. Popova is admitted to practice in Paris and New York and holds advanced degrees in English law. Fluent in several languages, Ms. Popova leads matters in French and Spanish and regularly handles disputes arising out of Africa and Latin America. She has particular expertise in matters in the mining, energy and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. She sits as arbitrator and serves as counsel in a broad range of international matters.
Ms. Popova is recognized within the legal community as one of the top international lawyers of her generation. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (main edition), was named one of the top 40 up-and-coming lawyers nationwide by the American Bar Association, is recognized as a “Future Star” and member of the “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation, and one of only six international arbitration Next Generation Lawyers by Legal 500. Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders describes Ms. Popova as “very bright, impressively efficient and extremely well liked in the community.”
She represents individuals, corporations and States and has broad experience under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and several regional institutions. She also advises parties in international litigations involving proceedings in foreign and domestic courts, and has represented parties before the federal and state courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Popova serves in a number of leadership positions, including on the Court of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Center (CIMAC), on the 2018 ICCA Program Committee, as past Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Advisory Board member of the Institute for Energy Law, and rapporteur for the ASIL-ICCA Joint Task Force on Issue Conflicts in Investor-State Arbitration. She has taught law at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Fellow of the Société de Législation Comparée. She speaks and writes regularly on arbitration-related issues.
Ms. Popova also maintains an active pro bono practice, most recently involving clemency, consular rights, asylum, and the rights of human rights defenders. She was recognized by the New York State Bar Association’s “The Good We Do” campaign for her pro bono representation of a family facing eviction.
In addition to graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and from the University of Cambridge, Ms. Popova received her B.A. (Hons.)(Cantab.) with First Class Honours in Law (Double Maîtrise) from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, and her Maîtrise en droit comparé, mention droits anglais et français with high honors from the Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She is a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and was a Hollond Fund Scholar at Harvard Law School.
Ms. Popova speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Bulgarian. She is a member of the Bar in Paris and in New York and is admitted to appear before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.