Maria Davies is an associate in our International Dispute Resolution Group. She is qualified in both England and Wales, and New York.
Maria has experience in multijurisdictional disputes, investment and commercial arbitration, English High Court litigation, mediation and public international law.
She has a particular focus on the energy industry, having advised on disputes in the upstream oil and gas sector in her previous role as a legal counsel with a major oil and gas company. Maria has also worked at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, and is experienced in arbitration proceedings brought pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Maria has previously spent time with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and the wider World Bank Group in Washington DC, where she focused on investment protection and investment dispute settlement in high-risk jurisdictions and emerging markets.
Maria is a research assistant at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, working on projects focused on commercial and investment arbitration and public international law. In addition, she writes extensively on the subject of international dispute resolution. Highlights of her publishing experience include articles on the use of arbitration in loan agreements in international project finance, which featured in the Kluwer Law Journal of International Arbitration, and challenges facing the Yukos shareholders in enforcing their arbitration award against the Russian Federation, published with the Transnational Dispute Management Journal.
Maria acts as a case correspondent for UNCITRAL’s Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts Project and is on the editorial board of the Kluwer Law Journal of International Arbitration. She also regularly judges national and international rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Maria holds an LL.M. in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, where she was a Fulbright and Thanks to Scandinavia Scholar, receiving the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for graduating with the best academic record in her graduating class.
Maria is a member of several international arbitration associations, including the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA), the London Court of International Arbitration (YIAG LCIA), Young OGEMID, the International Center for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I) and the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF).