Amir Farhadi


I represent sovereign States from around the world in high-stakes international disputes.

Amir Ardelan Farhadi focuses his practice on public international law and international arbitration. Amir has advised States, international organizations, and private entities on a wide-range of topics of international law, including human rights, investment law, cultural heritage, immunities, and international criminal law.

Amir previously clerked for a Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague and served in the legal office of UNESCO in Paris. He holds the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Dual trained in the common law and civil law traditions, Amir also practices both commercial and investment arbitration before most major arbitral institutions. He has acted as counsel in disputes in the mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, and real estate sectors in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Amir practiced arbitration at a leading international law firm in both Washington D.C. and Paris.  


  • The Hague Academy of International Law, Diploma
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M.
  • Sciences Po - Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Master en droit, summa cum laude
  • Tufts University, M.A.
  • Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York


  • French
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • IHPG and others v. Egypt.  Represented the Arab Republic of Egypt in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration in the real estate sector.
  • Glencore and Prodeco v. Colombia.  Represented the Republic of Colombia in ICSID annulment proceedings concerning an award in the mining sector.
  • Glencore, Prodeco and PNSA v. Colombia.  Represented the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration concerning the maintenance, use and operation of a maritime port for the export of coal.
  • Perenco v. Ecuador.  Represented the Republic of Ecuador in the partial annulment of an award in the hydrocarbons sector.


  • “Les immunités de l’organisation internationale” and “Les immunités des personnes participant à l’activité de l’organisation internationale” in P. Bodeau-Livinec et M. Forteau (eds), Droit international des immunités, CEDIN, 2022 (forthcoming) (with A. Garcia-Marquez).
  • “Fair Trial Rights in International Criminal Proceedings” in C. Binder et al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Elgar, 2022.
  • “Autonomie du droit de l’Union ou privatisation du droit international public ? Achmea” in H. Muir-Watt, D.P. Fernández Arroyo et al. (eds), Le tournant global en droit international privé, Pedone, 2020.
  • “Reconciling International Investment Law and European Union Law in the Wake of Achmea”, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 4 (2020) (with D. Restrepo Amariles and A. Van Waeyenberge).
  • “Article 48” in R. Gérbay, G. Alvarez, and J. Fourret (eds), The ICSID Convention, Rules and Regulations: A Practical Commentary, Elgar, 2019 (with E. Silva Romero and A. Caminades).
  • “El arbitraje de las inversiones en juicio ante el Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea: perspectivas internacionalistas y europeístas sobre los TBIs intra-UE” in K. Fach Gómez (ed), La política de la UE en materia de derecho de las inversiones internacionales, Bosch, 2017 (with D. Restrepo Amariles and A. Van Waeyenberge).
  • “Lessons from the Deathbed of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Are Recent Critiques of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System Warranted?”, Dispute Resolution International, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2017) (with L.-M. Velarde Saffer).

Honors & Involvement

  • Harvard Law School, Dean’s Award for Community Leadership (2018)
  • Harvard International Law Journal, Executive Board and LL.M. Chair (2017-2018)
  • US Fulbright Scholar in France (2012-2013)
  • International Bar Association under 40 Arbitration Group (IBA arb40), Member of the Steering Committee (2022-2024)
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition: Problem Co-Author (2020), Judge (since 2017)