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Janet M. Whittaker

1155 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Phone:  (202) 636-5541
Fax:  (202) 636-5502
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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.  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 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 and litigation issues. 

•  Member, Drafting Committee of the IBA Rules for Investor-State Mediation, 2012
•  Secretary to the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2007–10
•  Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member of the Faculty of the Diploma Course in International Arbitration, 2007, 2009
•  Delegate of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to the 48th Session of the UNCITRAL Working Group II (International Arbitration), 2008
•  Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration Task Force on the New York Convention, 2007–08
•  Lecturer in International Arbitration, Stanford Law School, 2006–07
•  Secretary to the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution 2005–06
•  Commended in Global Arbitration Review’s “Leading Lights in International Arbitration 45 Under 45,” 2006
•  Tutor in European Law, University College London, 1996–97
The Supreme Court Holds That Arbitrators Have Authority to Determine the Meaning and Application of a Local Litigation Requirement in a Bilateral Investment Treaty
The Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Courts or Arbitrators Should Decide if a Precondition to Arbitration Has Been Satisfied in the Context of Investment Treaty Arbitrations

Comparison of International Arbitration Rules, 2008 (with John J. Kerr, Jr., Tyler B. Robinson, Robert H. Smit and Peter C. Thomas)

Investor-State Arbitration: An Overview on ICSID, New York State Bar Association’s New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, 2008
Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration, United States, 2006 (with John J. Kerr, Jr., Robert H. Smit and Alexander Uff)

Dabhol Dispute: Legal Questions Remain Unresolved, Construction Law International, 2006 (with John J. Kerr, Jr)

Introduction to EU Legislation, A Practitioner’s Guide to EU Financial Services Directives, 2003 (with David Ashton)
Speaking Engagements
•  Janet Whittaker Spoke at the Juris Eighth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference
March 28, 2014
•  Janet Whittaker Moderated Panel and Spoke at the 2013 International Bar Association Annual Conference in Boston
October 10, 2013
•  Janet Whittaker to Moderate Panel at the 2013 Harvard International Law Journal Symposium
March 5, 2013
•  New York, 2005
•  England and Wales 1999
•  Columbia Law School, 2001 LL.M.
James Kent Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law
•  University of Bristol School of Law, 2000 Post-Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice
•  The College of Law London, 1997 Legal Practice Course
•  College of Europe, 1996 LL.M
European Law
•  University College London, 1995 LL.B. Law and Italian Law
Silvia Anselmino Prize
•  University of Florence, 1994 Diploma in Italian Law

•  International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
•  Litigation
•  Antitrust
•  Asia Litigation
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