Constantinos Salonidis

International Associate - Washington, D.C.

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202.261.7332

202.785.6687

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Constantinos Salonidis is an international associate with the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on international dispute resolution, especially in cases involving the representation of sovereign clients before arbitration panels administered under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Arbitration Rules and before the International Court of Justice, and advice on a wide range of public international law issues, including foreign investment protection, land and boundary delimitation and international human rights.

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Education:

  • Democritus University of Thrace School of Law, Ph.D., 2010
  • Georgetown Law Center, LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2010
  • Hague Academy of International Law, Diploma in Public International Law, 2006
  • Democritus University of Thrace School of Law, Master of Laws in Public International Law, 2005
  • Democritus University of Thrace School of Law, Bachelor in Law, 2001

Languages:

English, Greek, Spanish

Representative Experience

Investor-State Treaty Arbitration Cases

Pending

  • Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, Limited & Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Limited v. The Kingdom of Belgium. Represents Belgium in an ICSID arbitration under the China-Belgium bilateral investment treaty arising from measures in the financial services sector.
  • Murphy Exploration & Production Company-International v. The Republic of Ecuador. Represents the Republic of Ecuador in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Ecuador – U.S. bilateral investment treaty arising from changes in domestic legislation pertaining to the exploitation of oil resources in Ecuador.
  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme (I.A.) v. The Republic of Ecuador. Represents the Republic of Ecuador in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Ecuador - U.S. bilateral investment treaty arising from the alleged treatment of a foreign investor by the Ecuadorean judiciary. 
  • Philip Morris Brands et al v. The Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Represents Uruguay in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Switzerland-Uruguay bilateral investment treaty regarding Uruguay’s regulation of cigarette packaging and health warnings.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta - Trading e Marketing Sociedade Unipessoal Lda. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represents Venezuela in two ICSID arbitrations under the Luxembourg and Portugal - Venezuela bilateral investment treaties arising from measures allegedly affecting claimants' investment in the Venezuelan steel industry.
  • Gold Reserve v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represents Venezuela in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration under the Canada – Venezuela bilateral investment treaty.

Concluded

  • European American Investment Bank AG (Austria) v. The Slovak Republic. Successfully represented the Slovak Republic in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Austria - Czech and Slovak Republic bilateral investment treaty arising from changes in the Slovak health insurance sector. The tribunal dismissed jurisdiction over the claimant's claims.
  • Achmea B.V. v. The Slovak Republic. Successfully represented the Slovak Republic in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Netherlands-Slovak Republic BIT arising from alleged measures in the health insurance sector. The tribunal dismissed jurisdiction over the claimant's claims.
  • Vannessa Ventures Ltd. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Successfully represented Venezuela in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration under the Canada – Venezuela bilateral investment treaty. The tribunal found Venezuela not liable for breach of the Canada – Venezuela BIT.
  • Slovak Gas Holding BV, GDF International SAS & E.ON Ruhrgas International GMBH v. the Slovak Republic. Represented the Slovak Republic in the settlement of an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty arising from changes in the Slovak energy sector.

State-State Arbitration and Litigation Cases

Pending

  • Republic of the Philippines v. Peoples Republic of China. Represents the Republic of the Philippines in an international arbitral proceeding under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Concluded

  • The Republic of Ecuador v. The United States of America. Represented the Republic of Ecuador in an arbitration under the State-to-State dispute resolution provisions of the Ecuador - U.S. bilateral investment treaty concerning the interpretation and application of Article II(7) of the treaty.

International Commercial Arbitration Cases

  • Successfully represented a State-owned entity of a Latin American country in an ICC arbitration brought by a German company, related to a maintenance and repair contract.

Professional Experience

  • Greece, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Center for Research and Planning, 2008-2009
  • Greece, Academy of Athens, Bureau of International and Constitutional Institutions, 2006-2009
  • Inherent Powers of ICSID Tribunals [in:] I. Laird and T. Weiler (eds), INVESTMENT TREATY ARBITRATION AND INTERNATIONAL LAW 43 (Juris Publishing, 2012)
  • David's Sling: Cross-Agreement Retaliation in International Trade Disputes, 45(2) JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE 457 (2011) (with A. Mitchell)
  • The Sources of International Law [in:] K. Antonopoulos & K. Magliveras (eds.) THE LAW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY 33 (Nomiki Bibliothiki, 2011/2014) (in Greek)
  • Post-Conflict Amnesties in Non-International Armed Conflicts [in:] M. Matheson & D. Momtaz (eds), RULES AND INSTITUTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW  PUT TO THE TEST OF RECENT ARMED CONFLICTS 863 (M. Nijhoff Publications, 2010)
  • "The International Criminal Court as a Mechanism of Social Dynamic: Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Political Function of the Court" [in:] S. Perrakis (ed.), INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES, (Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers: Athens-Komotini, 2010) (in Greek)
  • The Extent of the Obligation to Extradite or Prosecute Grave Breaches of International Humanitarian Law [in:] S. Perrakis & D. Marouda (eds), ARMED CONFLICTS AND INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW 150 YEARS AFTER SOLFERINO: ACQUIS AND PROSPECTS 613 (Bruylant, 2009)
  • "United Nations Practice towards Amnesty for International Crimes: A Critical Appraisal" [in:] S. Perrakis (ed.), VIEWS ON THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 627 (Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers: Athens-Komotini, 2009) (in Greek)
  • "Civil Liability of Classification Societies: Recent Developments in International and European Union Law"[in:] G. Tsaltas (ed.), ENVIRONMENT AND MARITIME TRANSPORTS: IN SEARCH OF A SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY 249 (I. Sideris: Athens 2008) (in Greek)
  • International Law, Soft Law and Extralegal Techniques of Normative Regulation (Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, 2005) (in Greek)

Involvement

  • American Society of International Law, Member  
  • British Institute for International and Comparative Law, Member 
  • European Society of International Law, Member 
  • Society of International Economic Law, Member
  • Trans-boundary Disputes Involving Oil and Gas, Lecture at the 2014 International Oil and Gas Development Seminar, held at the International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Trans-boundary Disputes Involving Oil and Gas, Lecture at the 2013 International Oil and Gas Development Seminar, held at the International Law Institute, Washington, D.C., USA 
  • The Inherent Jurisdiction of ICSID Tribunals, presentation at the Fifth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, April 5, 2011, Washington, D.C., USA
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Bar Admissions

  • Admitted only in Greece; not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia.