Miriam Harwood is co-head of the firm’s Investment Arbitration Practice and partner in the world-ranked International Dispute Resolution Practice. Her work in international arbitration includes commercial disputes and investment treaty claims, as well as commercial disputes, and she has represented a broad array of states, governmental agencies and private entities in a wide range of cases.

    Miriam has handled arbitrations under the authority of major international arbitral organizations, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).

    In addition to her international arbitration, Miriam has practiced commercial litigation in US courts, including contract disputes, bankruptcy, trademarks and false advertising, enforcement of arbitral awards, and matters involving international law and sovereign immunity.

    She consistently has been recognized for her work by Global Arbitration Review, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 USA and The Legal 500 Latin America, and has been named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers for Latin America by Latinvex and recognized by the New York Law Journal as one of its 2020 Distinguished Leaders.

    Miriam is recognized by Chambers USA 2020 as a leading individual for Nationwide: International Arbitration and noting she is “absolutely outstanding under fire from the other side and she had a mastery of the facts." The Legal 500 USA 2020 commented that “words don’t do justice to the ability of Miriam Harwood — she continually delivers and has an ethic that strives for excellence.”

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    • Represented the State of Turkmenistan in more than a dozen BIT arbitrations from 2009 to the present, including 10 ICSID arbitrations (five pending and five concluded), and cases under the UNCITRAL/PCA and SCC rules, involving claims by investors under BITS with Turkey, Russia, Germany and the UK, involving disputes in the construction, telecommunications, agriculture, mining and gas industries.
    • Defended the State of Kuwait in an ICSID arbitration brought by Spanish company OHL and two Italian companies, Trevi and Rizzani de Eccher, under the Spain-Kuwait and Italy-Kuwait BITs, regarding a US$1 billion highway and infrastructure construction project in Kuwait City.
    • Defended the State of Libya in an ICSID arbitration brought by Austrian construction company Strabag under the Austria-Libya BIT in connection with six road and infrastructure projects interrupted by the Libyan revolution.
    • Represented the Kingdom of Spain in an ICSID annulment proceeding to annul the Eiser award regarding regulatory changes affecting investors in the solar energy industry, and in related US court enforcement actions.
    • Represented Romania in an ICSID arbitration brought by investors under multiple intra-EU BITs bringing claims regarding changes in solar energy regulations.
    • Represented Venezuela in the US$30 billion ICSID arbitration brought by US oil company ConocoPhillips under the Netherlands-Venezuela BIT, relating to three major oil projects in Venezuela.
    • Represented Venezuela in the US$16 billion ICSID arbitration and related US$6 billion ICC arbitration brought by subsidiaries of US oil company ExxonMobil under the Netherlands-Venezuela BIT and joint venture contract relating to a major oil project in Venezuela.
    • Represented Venezuela in several other ICSID arbitrations commenced by investors in the maritime, telecommunications, and oil industries, asserting claims under various BITs and domestic investment laws.


    • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., Fordham International Law Journal, Research and Writing Editor
    • Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A., cum laude


    • New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • International Bar Association
    • American Society of International Law
    • Board of Directors, New York International Arbitration Center
    • Law360 International Arbitration Editorial Board
    • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 in the Arbitrator and Counsel category – USA
    • Recognized by Global Arbitration Review
    • Recognized by The Legal 500 USA and The Legal 500 Latin America
    • Recognized in Chambers USA for International Arbitration Nationwide
    • Named as one of New York Law Journal’s 2020 Distinguished Leaders
    • Named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers for Latin America by Latinvex since 2016

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    Miriam regularly speaks at professional conferences and training programs around the world about topics of international investment law and treaties and international arbitration practice, including:

    • Featured speaker, Czech Republic’s Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference for government officials, covering topics such as fair and equitable treatment, expropriation, quantification of damages and drafting of investment treaties, each year from 2012 to 2019.
    • Faculty, Columbia University Law School Executive Training Program for government officials, addressing topics of expropriation law and principles of damages in investment arbitrations, 2017 to present.
    • Trainer, Ministry of Justice officials and university students in Turkmenistan on international law and arbitration.
    • Featured speaker, numerous professional conferences and training programs on international arbitration, sponsored by Juris Conferences, Global Arbitration Review, Columbia University, American University, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the International Law Institute (Washington DC), Young ICCA and the American Bar Association.
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