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Catherine Amirfar

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Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


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Catherine Amirfar is Co-Chair of the Public International Law Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and sits as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Catherine Amirfar is the current President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the pre-eminent learned society in the United States dedicated to international law. With over twenty years of litigation experience, Ms. Amirfar is recognized as a top practitioner in international disputes globally. Her practice focuses on international commercial and treaty arbitration, international litigation and public international law. She regularly appears in U.S. courts and before international courts and arbitration tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Her practice includes the representation of states, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational companies. Ms. Amirfar serves as a Member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, 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 U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. She is a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the leading global organization of international arbitrators and arbitration practitioners, and serves as Co-Chair of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration. She is also a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Amirfar served as Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State in the Obama Administration, for which she received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award in recognition of her contributions to the Department.