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Donald Francis Donovan

From: CICC         Updated: 2018-08-26


Mr.Donald Francis Donovan is Co-Chair of Debevoise’s International Disputes and Public International Law Groups. He serves as counsel in international disputes before international courts, international arbitration tribunals, and courts in the United States. Mr. Donovan has argued international law, arbitration law, commercial law, and other issues before the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals; arbitration tribunals sitting around the world, constituted under the auspices of the world’s leading arbitration institutions, in a wide range of economic sectors, in disputes arising under both contracts and treaties; and the US Supreme Court and other federal and state courts throughout the United States. His practice includes the representation of states, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational companies. He also serves as an arbitrator in both commercial and investor-state cases.

Mr. Donovan is widely regarded as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners, international lawyers, and international advocates in the world. Chambers Global 2017 placed him in the top rank globally in both international arbitration and public international law, and he has been described in that and similar publications as “a dominant figure in the international arbitration scene,” as “a recognized leader in commercial, investment, and international law cases,” as “one of the world’s leading practitioners in both investment treaty and commercial arbitration,” as “obviously a brilliant public international law specialist,” as “one of the best advocates that you will ever see,” and as a “visionary,” an “absolute star,” an “arbitration superstar,” a “tremendous intellect,” a “truly amazing lawyer,” a“towering figure,” a “brilliant” and “superb” oral advocate.

Mr. Donovan recently completed a term as President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the leading global organization of international arbitrators and arbitration practitioners, and he earlier served terms as President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and as Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). He serves as a Member of the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law; a Member of the Advisory Committees of the American Law Institute for the Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law of the United States and for the Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration; and a Member of the Board of Human Rights First and Chair of its Litigation Committee. He teaches International Arbitration and International Investment Law and Arbitration at the New York University School of Law, and he recently taught International Investment Law and Arbitration at Tsinghua University School of Law.

Mr. Donovan joined Debevoise after serving as law clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the US Supreme Court and as legal assistant to Judge Howard M. Holtzmann of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.


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