Christina L. Beharry

Counsel - Washington, D.C.

Christina Beharry
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Christina Beharry is an attorney in the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Christina’s practice focuses on public international law, investor-state and commercial arbitration, and trade and investment policy. She has public and private sector experience in international arbitration proceedings conducted before panels administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and ad hoc tribunals under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

She has represented clients in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North America in disputes involving various industries including mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, healthcare, telecommunications, and tobacco. Christina provides advice on a broad range of international matters, including reparations, economic sanctions, maritime delimitations, jus in bello, treaty interpretation, human rights, and international environmental law. Her experience also includes working with technical experts to assist clients on complex financial matters related to the valuation of businesses, environmental damages, and compensation for adverse human health impacts.

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  • Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 2003
  • University of Cambridge, LL.M., 2001
  • London School of Economics, LL.B., 2000


French, Spanish

Representative Experience

State-to-State Arbitration

  • The Republic of Djibouti v. State of Eritrea (African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights).  Counsel to Djibouti in an inter-State proceeding involving Eritrea’s detention of Djiboutian prisoners of war.
  • The Republic of Ecuador v. The United States of America, (PCA Case No. 2012-5). Represented 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.
  • Ghana v. Côte d’Ivoire (ITLOS). Counsel to Ghana in a case concerning the maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea.

Investor-State Arbitration

Bilateral Investment Treaty / Foreign Investment Law Cases

  • Italba Corporation v. Oriental Republic of Uruguay, ICSID Case No. ARB/16/9. Representing the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in an ICSID proceeding brought under the US-Uruguay bilateral investment treaty in connection with the telecommunications industry. 
  • Philip Morris Brands Sàrl, Philip Morris Products S.A. and Abal Hermanos S.A. v. Oriental Republic of Uruguay, ICSID Case No. ARB/10/7. Represented Uruguay in an ICSID arbitration concerning regulations on cigarette packaging and health warnings.
  • Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd. v. Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (“Bapex”) and Bangladesh Oil Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla), ICSID Case No. ARB/10/11 and ICSID Case No. ARB/10/18. Representing Respondents in an ICSID arbitration regarding the claimant’s request for a declaration that the claimant is not liable for any damage caused by two blowouts in a gas field in Bangladesh.
  • Enel Green Power S.p.A. v. Republic of El Salvador, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/18. Represented El Salvador in an ICSID Arbitration concerning a geothermal energy project.
  • Pac Rim Cayman LLC v. Republic of El Salvador, ICSID Case No. ARB/09/12. Represented El Salvador in an ICSID Arbitration brought under a domestic investment law concerning the claimant’s alleged entitlement to a mining exploitation concession and rights to exploration licenses.
  • Rusoro Mining Ltd. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/12/5. Represented Venezuela in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against a $3 billion claim brought by a Canadian gold mining company concerning regulations governing mining rights, gold sales, and currency exchanges.
  • TENARIS S.A. and TALTA – Trading e Marketing Sociedade Unipessoal Lda. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/23. Represented Venezuela in an ICSID proceeding brought by European subsidiaries of an Argentine group under bilateral investment treaties with Luxembourg and Portugal in connection with the alleged expropriation of their Venezuelan subsidiaries involved in the steel industry.
  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme (I.A.) v. The Republic of Ecuador (UNCITRAL). Advises Ecuador in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Ecuador-U.S. bilateral investment treaty relating to alleged treatment of a foreign investor by the Ecuadorean judiciary.
  • Murphy Exploration and Production Company International v. Republic of Ecuador (ICSID). Advised Ecuador in relation to a dispute arising from changes in domestic legislation pertaining to the exploitation of oil resources in Ecuador.
  • Crystallex International Corporation v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/11/2. Represented Venezuela in ICSID proceedings arising from a mining contract brought by a Canadian company under the Canada – Venezuela bilateral investment treaty.
  • Gold Reserve v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/09/1. Represented Venezuela in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration regarding gold and copper concessions brought by a Canadian-incorporated mining company under the Canada – Venezuela bilateral investment treaty.


  • Chemtura Corporation v. Government of Canada (UNCITRAL). Represented Canada in a NAFTA arbitration initiated by a U.S. pesticide manufacturer following the de-registration of lindane products based on health and environmental concerns.  The Tribunal dismissed all claims and awarded Canada its arbitration costs and a portion of its legal fees.
  • Vito G. Gallo v. The Government of Canada (UNCITRAL). Represented Canada in a NAFTA proceeding based on a claim that a statute passed by the Ontario government deprived the U.S. investor of an opportunity to operate a landfill in the province.
  • Merrill & Ring Forestry L.P. v. The Government of Canada (UNCITRAL). Represented Canada in an NAFTA arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules arising out of measures related to the export of logs from Canada.
  • Bilcon of Delaware et al v. Government of Canada (UNCITRAL), PCA Case No. 2009-04. Represented Canada in a NAFTA claim alleging discriminatory treatment accorded to the operators of a basalt quarry and marine terminal development project in Nova Scotia. 
  • Melvin J. Howard, Centurion Health Corp. & Howard Family Trust v. The Government of Canada (UNCITRAL), PCA Case No. 2009-21. Represented Canada in a NAFTA arbitration brought by a U.S. health care service provider which was successfully terminated under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Canada was awarded its arbitration costs.
  • Janet Marie Broussard Shiell, William Shiell IV, and William Shiell V v. Government of Canada. Represented Canada in a claim filed by U.S. nationals in relation to alleged conduct of agencies and departments of the Canadian and Quebec governments arising out of and resulting in the bankruptcy of their wholly-owned company, Brokerwood Products International (Canada) Inc.
  • GL Farms LLC and Carl Adams v. Government of Canada. Represented Canada in a claim filed by a U.S. national under NAFTA Chapter 11 alleging harm to its dairy products business in the province of Ontario.
  • Represented the Government of Canada in several arbitrations under NAFTA Chapter 11 to which the other contracting States were parties, including The Canadian Cattlemen for Fair Trade v. United States of America and Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd., et al. v. United States of America.

International Advisory Matters

  • Advised a Latin American State on the renegotiation of its bilateral investment treaties.
  • Provided advice to a European State on the compliance of new legislation with its international investment obligations.
  • Participated in a training seminar given to a Foreign Ministry on the defense of foreign investment claims.

International Commercial Arbitration

  • Represented a Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company in ICC proceedings brought by a consortium in connection with a breach of contract claim relating to enhanced oil recovery techniques.


  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia University, 2003


  • Member, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Co-Chair, Minorities in International Law Group, American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Coordinator, D.C. Women in International Arbitration
  • Moot Coach (international arbitration), American University
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of International Dispute Settlement
  • Member, ICDR Young & International
  • Member, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)


  • Moderator, “NAFTA: What Does the Future Hold?,” International Law Weekend, 96th Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association, October 2017 
  • Guest Moderator, "Remedies for Expropriation," OGEMID Forum, June 2017 
  • Moderator, "Valuing Natural Resources Projects in International Investment Arbitration," Special Institute on International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development and Investment, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, April 2017
  • Co-chair, Fifth Annual Juris Conference on Damages in International Arbitration, September 2016
  • Moderator, "Are Standards of Compensation Getting Lost in Translation?,'' Fifth Annual Juris Conference on Damages in International Arbitration, September 2016
  • Debater, “The Desirability of a Standing Investment Arbitration Court and/or Appellate Body,” Young Arbitrator Debate Series, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and American Society of International Law, June 2016
  • Panelist, “The Business of Arbitration: Best Practices,” Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Caribbean Branch Centenary Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, July 2015
  • Panelist, “Lawful versus Unlawful Expropriation: is this a Distinction Without a Difference?,” Ninth Annual Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration, February 2015
  • Panelist, “Workshop on Valuation and Calculation of Damages in International Arbitration,” International Arbitration Month at Georgetown Law, February 2015
  • Panelist, “ICSID Debate: A Negotiator’s Perspective,” International Arbitration Month at Georgetown Law, February 2014
  • Panelist, “Managing the Global Environment Through Trade: WTO, TPP and TTIP Negotiations, and Bilateral Investment Treaties Versus Regional Trade Agreements,” American University International Law Review's Annual Symposium, February 2014
  • Panelist, Annual Post-Graduate Experience Panel, Georgetown International Arbitration Society, October 2013
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  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • England and Wales (non-practicing)