Christian Leathley is co-head of the Latin America group and specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. He is New York and English law qualified (based full time in New York). He has acted for and advised individuals, corporations and sovereign states in cases arising from all major industry sectors, including under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), CAS and UNCITRAL, as well as having litigation experience in the U.K., U.S. and overseas.
Christian regularly appears as an advocate before arbitral tribunals in many different jurisdictions in both English and Spanish. He also frequently lectures on international arbitration, is currently adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and was formerly a visiting professor at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law.
Christian was recently recognized by peers as being in the Global Top 10 of "Future Leaders in Arbitration" by Who's Who Legal (2017) survey.
He has a particular focus on disputes relating to Latin America, and has authored a number of books, articles and other legal publications including International Dispute Resolution in Latin America: An Institutional Overview (published by Kluwer Law International in 2007, new edition forthcoming in 2017). His sectoral experience includes the energy sector (oil and gas as well as renewables), mining, banking, infrastructure and telecommunications.
Christian has extensive experience in the practice of public international law and has appeared before a number of different international courts and tribunals. He also has experience of working at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., where he worked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
He is fluent in both English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese