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Christina L. Beharry has worked in the public and private sector representing and advising States and State-owned entities on international disputes and public international law matters. She has amassed extensive experience with multi-million dollar investment claims, totaling in excess of $18 billion across a range of industries.
Christina represents States in various fora, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ), arbitral 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, Africa, Central and South America, Europe, and North America in investment disputes involving industries such as mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, financial services, hospitality, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, airlines, healthcare, telecommunications, and tobacco. Christina also 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.
Christina has been recognized as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal, consecutively from 2019-2022 and was included in its Most Highly Regarded list in 2021 where she was described by her peers as a "creative and highly innovative practitioner” and has been lauded “as ‘a go-to quantum and damages expert’ who excels in investment arbitrations.”
She repeatedly assumes responsibility for damages arguments in high-stakes multi-million dollar disputes. Christina works extensively with experts on complex financial matters relating to the valuation of businesses and the quantification of State claims for environmental damage and adverse human health impacts. In addition, Christina speaks and publishes regularly on compensation and valuation topics and has edited a book titled Contemporary and Emerging Issues on the Law of Damages and Valuation in International Investment Arbitration (Brill Nijhoff, 2018).
Christina previously served as Counsel in the Trade Law Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) where she represented the Government of Canada in investor-state disputes under NAFTA Chapter 11 and assisted in the negotiation of bilateral investment treaties. Christina also advised other government departments on the compliance of proposed regulations with Canada’s international obligations under NAFTA, GATS, and other trade agreements.