Monique Sasson

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Monique Sasson’s experience includes major, multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration proceedings. She is qualified in Italy, England & Wales, and New York, and offers common and civil law experience, having worked at leading law firms in London (Herbert Smith) and Rome (Studio Legale Chiomenti).

Ms. Sasson is currently Co-Managing Editor of journals of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and is an adjunct lecturer at the Washington College of Law, American University. She holds a Ph.D. in international law from Cambridge University and a law degree from Guido Carli L.U.I.S.S. (Rome, Italy).

Download Monique Sasson's biography in Italian.

Representative Matters

Extensive experience in international litigation, and arbitration cases, including acting for:
  • Financial institutions in the High Court (England) as well as in multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of one of the largest company insolvencies in Europe
  • Standard Chartered Bank in ICC arbitral proceedings concerning the sale of a bank in Lebanon
  • Vodafone in LCIA arbitral proceedings concerning a European Commission merger issue
  • IFAD (United Nations) in a fraud action in the High Court (England)
  • ISC Technologies in a fraud action in the High Court (England)
  • Banco Central de Cuba and Banco Nacional de Cuba in a State immunity action in the High Court (England)
  • European School of Economics in a shareholders/directors dispute in the High Court (England)
  • A major USA aviation engineering company in ICC arbitral proceedings concerning the manufacture and supply of engines for regional jet aircraft
  • A major Israeli newspaper company in ICC arbitral proceedings
  • A major Korean company in LCIA arbitral proceedings concerning a telecommunications joint venture in Ukraine
  • A USA energy company in ad hoc arbitral proceedings concerning the delivery and installation of drilling facilities
  • A USA energy company in LCIA arbitral proceedings concerning a shareholders’ joint venture dispute over a wind farm project in Italy

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Co-Managing Editor: Arbitration Report (Institute for Transnational Arbitration) and World Trade and Arbitration Materials, 2012-present
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Transnational Litigation, New York University School of Law, March 2014
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Washington College of Law, American University (Washington, D.C.); “Introductory Course on International Commercial Arbitration,” 2013- present
  • Member, Financial Market Law Committee’s Working Group on the proposed Rome I Regulation (law applicable to contractual obligations), 2004-2005
  • Member, New York City Bar Arbitration Committee, 2012-2015

Publications and Conference Papers

  • Author, "Mediation and Financial Institutions," New York Law Journal, June 19, 2017
  • Author, "Ethics In International Arbitration,", February 5, 2016
  • Contributing Author, "Investment Arbitration: Procedure," Chapter 11 (III), International Investment Law, M. Bungenberg, J. Griebel, S. Hobe, A. Reinisch, eds. (C.H. Beck-Hart-Nomos), pp. 1288-1372, 2015
  • Lecturer, "Jurisdiction and Admissibility in International Arbitration," NYU Transnational Litigation Conference, March 2014
  • Presenter, debate on "Inherent Powers and Human Rights in Investment Arbitration," Institute for Transnational Arbitration ("ITA") Conference, Houston, Texas, February 2014
  • Review: The History of ICSID by Antonio Parra, American Journal of International Law, Vol. 107, No 4, pp. 980-984, October 2013
  • Panel debater, "Dissenting Opinions in International Arbitration," ICSID-ICC-AAA Colloquium, Washington, D.C., October 2012
  • Author, Substantive Law in Investment Treaty Arbitration: The Unsettled Relationship of International and Municipal Law, Kluwer Law International, 2010
  • Author, “The Recent ‘Reform’ of the Italian Civil Procedure Chapter on Arbitration,” International Arbitration Law Review, No. 1, pp. 1-6, 2007
  • Co-author with Mary Woollett, “MultiParty Arbitration,” Stockholm Arbitration Report, No. 1, pp. 1-20, 2002
  • Author, “I contratti di swap: ancora sui poteri di rappresentanza degli operatori,” Rivista dell’Arbitrato, No. 2, pp 335-356, 1999

Background and Education

  • Fixed-term contract, Legal & Compliance/Litigation Unit, Morgan Stanley Incorporated, New York City, 2014-2015
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Transnational Litigation, New York University School of Law, March 2014
  • Member of the New York Bar, 2012
  • Ph.D., Public International Law, Cambridge University, England, 2009
  • LLM (Merit), University of London (Queen Mary College), 2006
  • Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience), England and Wales, 2004
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales, 2001
  • Litigation/Arbitration Associate, Herbert Smith-London, 2000-2005
  • Associate, Studio Legale Chiomenti, Rome, 1995-2000
  • Admitted to the Italian Bar (Rome), 1997
  • Istituto Arturo Carlo Jemolo, Scholarship, 1994
  • Stagiere in Legal department of Alenia Spa, Rome, 1993
  • Graduated magna cum laude in Law, Guido Carli L.U.I.S.S. (Rome, Italy), Faculty of Law, 1993
  • Stagiere in Legal department of Finmeccanica Spa, Rome, 1992


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