Stanimir A. Alexandrov PLLC
Stanimir A. Alexandrov
1501 K Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20005
STANIMIR A. ALEXANDROV works as an arbitrator in treaty-based investor-state disputes and international commercial arbitrations.
Mr. Alexandrov serves as an arbitrator in numerous cases and has been appointed to the panels of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions. He was recently designated by the Chairman of ICSID’s Administrative Council to serve on ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators. Mr. Alexandrov has more than 20 years of experience in investor-state and international commercial arbitration. Until August 2017, he was co-leader of the international arbitration practice at Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Alexandrov is consistently listed as a leader in the field of international arbitration in publications including The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, The Legal 500: United States, The Legal 500: Latin America, and The International Who’s Who Legal, and has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year International Arbitration – Governmental” and “Lawyer of the Year International Arbitration – Commercial.”
Before he entered private practice, Mr. Alexandrov was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, where he managed Bulgaria’s relations with the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and NATO, worked on Bulgaria’s EU and WTO accession, and was responsible for all legal work of the Foreign Service.
- Arbitral Appointments
- Cases as Counsel
STANIMIR A. ALEXANDROV works principally as an arbitrator in treaty-based investor-state disputes and international commercial arbitrations.
Mr. Alexandrov serves as an arbitrator in numerous cases administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. He has been designated by the Chairman of ICSID’s Administrative Council to serve on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and is also a member of the panel of arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration (Moscow).
Until August 2017, Mr. Alexandrov was co-leader of the international arbitration practice at Sidley Austin LLP, where he practiced for 15 years in the areas of international dispute resolution, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration, and the resolution of trade disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO). He represented private parties and governments in arbitrations before ICSID, as well as in ICC, UNCITRAL, AAA and other international arbitrations.
Mr. Alexandrov is consistently listed as a leader in the field of international arbitration in publications including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500: United States, The Legal 500: Latin America, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Arbitration), Benchmark Litigation (Local Litigation Star and National Star for International Arbitration), Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders (Arbitration) and Who’s Who Legal’s Commercial Arbitration. Chambers Global consistently ranks Mr. Alexandrov in Band 1 where he is described as “a master strategist and a great speaker; one of the best investment lawyers in the field.” In The Legal 500: United States he is “an authority for investment disputes.” Mr. Alexandrov was selected by Chambers USA 2013 as a “Leader in their Field,” which noted that he “has an excellent reputation for his impressive investment treaty expertise” and that he is “recognized as having ‘tremendous experience and unique insights specific to international arbitration that have proven invaluable.’”
Mr. Alexandrov was listed in the 2012–2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” 2012 for International Arbitration – Governmental, as “Lawyer of the Year” 2014 for International Arbitration – Commercial, and as one of Latin America’s “Top 100 Lawyers” by Latinvex in 2017. Washingtonian magazine has routinely included Mr. Alexandrov on its list of Washington’s Best Lawyers and referred to him as one of the region’s “best legal minds” in the area of International Trade and Arbitration.
Mr. Alexandrov’s work is also praised by his peers. For example, a dispute practice chair in a major law firm mentioned him as a lawyer who impresses him: “Stanimir Alexandrov. . . is someone I have long admired. Stanimir has vast experience as both an advocate and arbitrator in international arbitrations, and exemplifies all of the qualities that I have identified as keys to success for young lawyers in the field.”
Prior to joining Sidley Austin LLP in 2002, Mr. Alexandrov practiced for 7 years at the law firm of Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy, where he was one of the founders of the international arbitration, trade and dispute resolution practice.
Before he entered private practice, Mr. Alexandrov was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, where he managed Bulgaria’s relations with the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO, worked on Bulgaria’s EU and WTO accession, and was responsible for all legal work of the Foreign Service. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington, D.C., where he negotiated trade and investment agreements and worked with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
He is a Professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he has been teaching courses on international law, international dispute settlement and arbitration for more than 20 years. Mr. Alexandrov has also taught at the American University Washington College of Law and at Georgetown University Law Center. He is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars, roundtables and other fora on topics regarding investor-state arbitration and international law.
Mr. Alexandrov’s publications have been cited by parties to disputes before the International Court of Justice and by Judges of the Court.
Mr. Alexandrov is an active member of the Institut de Droit International, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and other professional organizations focusing on international law and international arbitration. He is a member of the Governing Board of ICCA, an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, a Board member of the Russian Arbitration Association, and has had several leadership positions in the ASIL, including serving as a member of the Executive Council.
Mr. Alexandrov is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and New York.
Mr. Alexandrov obtained his doctoral degree in law (S.J.D.) from The George Washington University Law School in 1995, and his master’s degree (LL.M.) in international and comparative law with highest honors also from The George Washington University Law School in 1993. He obtained his degree in public international law (J.D.) from the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1981.
Mr. Alexandrov is fluent in Bulgarian (native), English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
- A11Y Ltd v. Czech Republic (ICSID Case No. UNCT/15/1)
- Alpha ProjektHolding GmbH v. Ukraine (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/16)
- A.M.F. Aircraftleasing Meier & Fischer GmbH & Co. KG of Hamburg v. Czech Republic (PCA Case No. 2017-15)
- Amlyn Holding B.V. v. Republic of Croatia (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/28)
- B3 Croatian Courier Coöperatief U.A. v. Republic of Croatia (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/5)
- Baggerwerken Decloedt En Zoon N.V. v. Republic of the Philippines (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/27)
- Blusun S.A., Jean-Pierre Lecorcier and Michael Stein v. Italian Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/3)
- B.V. Belegging-Maatschappij “Far East” v. Republic of Austria (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/32)
- Cairn Energy PLC & Cairn UK Holdings Ltd. v. India (PCA Case No. 2016-7)
- City-State N.V., Praktyka Asset Management Company LLC, et al. v. Ukraine (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/9)
- D.S. Construction FZCO (United Arab Emirates) v. The State of Libya (PCA Case No. 2017-21)
- EDF Energies Nouvelles (France) v. The Kingdom of Spain (PCA Case No. AA613)
- Eiser Infrastructure Limited and Energia Solar Luxembourg S.a.r.l. v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/36)
- Erhas, et al. v. Turkmenistan (PCA Case No. 2013-27)
- Financial Performance Holdings B.V. v. The Russian Federation (PCA Case No. 2015-02) (Presiding)
- Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide v. Republic of the Philippines (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/12)
- Georg Gavrilovic and Gavrilovic d.o.o. v. Republic of Croatia (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/39)
- H&H Enterprises Investments, Inc. v. Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/15, Annulment) (Presiding)
- IBT Group LLC, et al. v. Republic of Panama (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/33)
- Inmaris Perestroika Sailing and others v. Ukraine (ICSID Case No. ARB/08/8), (Presiding)
- International Company for Railway Systems (ICRS) v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/13)
- Ioan Micula, Viorel Micula and others v. Romania (ICSID Case No. ARB/05/20)
- J&P-AVAX S.A. v. Lebanese Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/29)
- Kunsttrans Holding GmbH and Kubsttras d.o.o. Beograd v. Republic of Serbia (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/10)
- LP Egypt Holdings I, LLC, Fund III Egypt, LLC and OMLP Egypt Holdings I, LLC v. Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/37)
- Malicorp Limited v. Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/08/18, Annulment)
- Nations Energy Inc. and others v. Republic of Panama (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/19, Annulment) (Presiding)
- Nevskaya Concession Company, LLC v. City of St. Petersburg (PCA Case No. 2013-20) (Presiding)
- Recofi S.A. (France) v. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (PCA Case No. 2014-14)
- Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A., Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. and Trevi S.p.A. v. State of Kuwait (ICSID Case No. 17/8)
- Société Générale de Surveillance S.A. (SGS) v. Republic of Paraguay (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/29) (Presiding)
- SolEs Badajoz GmbH v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/38)
- Spentex Netherlands, B.V. v. Republic of Uzbekistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/26)
- TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC v. Republic of Guatemala (ICSID Case No. ARB/10/23)
- Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/1)
- Thomas Gosling and Others v. Republic of Mauritius (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/32)
- WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus Ltd and Channel Crossings Ltd. v. Czech Republic (PCA Case 2016-12)
- World Wide Minerals v. Kazakhstan (UNCITRAL) (Sole Arbitrator)
Confidential Cases (Recent)
- Claimants v. Middle Eastern State (UNCITRAL)
- ICC Case No. 16342
- ICC Case No. 17479 (Presiding)
- ICC Case No. 18440 (Presiding)
- ICC Case No. 19450 (Presiding)
- LCIA Case No. 81113
- SCC Case No. V2014/162
- SCC Case No. 2016/159 (Presiding)
- SCC Case No. 2017/097
- SCC Case No. 2017/098
- Alapli Elektrik B.V. v. Republic of Turkey (ICSID Case No. ARB/08/13)
- Alasdair Ross Anderson et al v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/07/3)
- Archer Daniels Midland Company and Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas, Inc. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/05)
- Bayindir Insaat Turizm Ticaret Ve Sanayi A.S. v. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/29)
- Bear Creek Mining Corporatoin v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/21)
- Capital India Power Mauritius I and Energy Enterprises (Mauritius) Company v. The Government of India (UNCITRAL)
- Cargill, Incorporated v. Republic of Poland (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/2)
- Compañía de Aguas del Aconquija S.A. and Vivendi Universal v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/97/3)
- Duke Energy International Peru Investments No. 1 Ltd v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/28)
- Ed Züblin A.G. v. Saudi Arabia (ICSID No. ARB/03/1)
- Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/02/1)
- Gas Natural SDG, S.A. and Gas Natural Fenosa Electricidad Colombia, S.L. v. Republic of Colombia (UNCITRAL)
- HICEE B.V. v. The Slovak Republic (PCA Case No. 2009-11)
- Impregilo S.p.A. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case Nos. ARB/02/2 and ARB/03/3)
- Lanco International, Inc. v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/97/6)
- Lidercón, S.L. v. Republic of Perú (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/9)
- LSF-KEB Holdings SCA and others v. Republic of Korea (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/37)
- Lucchetti, S.A. and Lucchetti Peru, S.A. v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/4)
- Marion Unglaube v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. ARB/08/1) and Reinhard Hans Unglaube v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/20).
- Philip Morris Asia Ltd. v. The Commonwealth of Australia (PCA Case No. 2012-12)
- Philip Morris Brand Sàrl (Switzerland) et al. v. Republic of Uruguay (ICSID No. ARB/10/7)
- Pluspetrol Perú Corporation S.A. et al. v. Perupetro S.A. (ICSID No. ARB/12/28)
- PSEG Global Inc. and Konya Ilgin Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi v. Republic of Turkey (ICSID Case No. ARB/02/5)
- Quadrant Pacific Growth Fund L.P. and Canasco Holdings Inc. v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/08/1)
- Renée Rose Levy & Gremcitel SA v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/17)
- Renée Rose Levy de Levi v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/10/17)
- Spence International Investments, LLC et al. v. Republic of Costa Rica and Berkowitz et al. v. Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. UNCT/13/2)
- ST-AD GmbH v. Republic of Bulgaria (PCA Case No. 2011-06)
- TransCanada Corporation and TransCanada Pipelines Limited v. United States of America (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/21)
- Tza Yap Shum v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/07/6) (Annulment)
- Veolia Environnement et al. v. Republic of Lithuania (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/3)
International Commercial Arbitrations
- Numerous cases as counsel in international commercial arbitration disputes under the rules of AAA, ICC, LCIA, SCC, UNCITRAL, etc.
- International Human Rights in a Nutshell, Sofia, 1997, with Judge Thomas Buergenthal (in Bulgarian).
- Self-Defense Against the Use of Force in International Law, Kluwer, 1996.
- Reservations in Unilateral Declarations Accepting the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, Martinus Nijhoff, 1995.
- “The Evolution of the Full Protection and Security Standard,” Building International Investment Law: The First 50 Years of ICSID (Kinnear et al., eds., 2016).
- Arbitrator Comments, The Guide to Advocacy (Global Arbitration Review, 2016).
- “The Present and Future of Moral Damages in Investment Arbitration,” The Journal of Damages in International Arbitration (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2016).
- “Judge Brower and the Vienna Convention Rules of Treaty Interpretation,” Practising Virtue: Inside International Arbitration (Caron, Schill, Smutny, Triantafilou, eds., Oxford 2015).
- “Breach of Treaty Claims and Breach of Contract Claims: Simplification of International Jurisprudence,” Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2014 (Rovine, ed., Brill 2015).
- “El Tratado de la Carta de Energia: Un modelo exitoso de acuerdo multilateral para la protección de inversiones,” Revista Argentina de Derecho de la Energía, Hidrocarburos y Minería 3 (2014).
- “On the Perceived Inconsistency in Investor-State Jurisprudence,” in José E. Alvarez and Karl P. Sauvant, eds., The Evolving International Investment Regime (Oxford, 2011).
- Co-author Marinn Carlson, “The Opportunity to be Heard: Accommodating Amicus Curiae Participation in Investment Treaty Arbitration,” Liber Amicorum Bernardo Cremades (2010).
- “Breach of Treaty Claims and Breach of Contract Claims: Is It Still Unknown Territory?” Arbitration under International Investment Agreements: A Guide to the Key Issues (Katia Yannaca-Small ed., Oxford 2010).
- Co-authors Marinn Carlson, Jennifer Haworth McCandless and Geoffrey D. Antell, “Wider Prospects for ICSID Arbitration Under China’s BITs,” The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review (2010).
- “Enforcement of ICSID Awards: Articles 53 and 54 of the ICSID Convention,” International Investment Law for the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer (Oxford, 2009).
- Co-authors Amelia Porges and Meredith Moroney, “FDI Growth in Asia: The Potential for Treaty-Based Investment Protection,” The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2009 (Global Arbitration Review, 2009).
- Co-authors Nicolás Lloreda, Patricio Grané and Joshua Robbins, “Making Investment Treaties Work for Latin America,” The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2009 (Global Arbitration Review, 2009).
- Co-author Joshua M. Robbins, “Proximate Causation in International Investment Disputes,” Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy (Karl Sauvant, ed.) (2009).
- Co-authors Marinn Carlson and Joshua Robbins, “The Future of Investment Treaty Protection in Eastern Europe,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review 2009 (Global Arbitration Review, 2009).
- “Vivendi (Compañía de Aguas del Aconquija) v. Argentina Case,” Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (2008).
- “Canada—Measures Affecting the Export of Civilian Aircraft” and “Brazil — Export Financing Programme for Aircraft,” The Case-Law of the WTO (Brigitte Stern and Hèléne Ruiz Fabri, eds.) (2007).
- “The Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice: How Compulsory Is It?” Chinese Journal of International Law 29, 5(1) (2006).
- “The ‘Baby Boom’ of Treaty-Based Arbitrations and the Jurisdiction of ICSID Tribunals: Shareholders as ‘Investors’ and Jurisdiction Ratione Temporis,” The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 19, 4 (2005).
- “Breaches of Contract and Breaches of Treaty: The Jurisdiction of Treaty-Based Arbitration Tribunals to Decide Breach of Contract Claims in SGS v. Pakistan and SGS v. Philippines,” Journal of World Investment and Trade 555 5(4) (2004).
- “The Vivendi Annulment Decision and the Lessons for Future ICSID Arbitrations – The Applicants’ Perspective,” Annulment of ICSID Awards (Gaillard and Banifatemi, eds.) (2004).
- Co-author David Palmeter, “Inducing Compliance in WTO Dispute Settlement,” The Political Economy of International Trade: Essays in Honor of Robert E. Hudec, Cambridge University Press (Kennedy and Southwick, eds.) (2002).
- “Accepting the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice with Reservations: An Overview of Practice with a Focus on Recent Trends and Cases,” Leiden Journal of International Law 89,14 (2001).
- “Paving the Way for Bulgaria’s Accession to the European Union,” Fordham International Law Journal 587, 21 (1998).
- “Further European Integration is Inevitable,” European Integration and American Interests: What the New Europe Really Means For the United States (Jeffrey Gedmin, ed.) (1997).
- “Non-Appearance before the International Court of Justice,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 33, 41 (1995).
- “Delimitation of the Continental Shelf in an Enclosed Sea,” Hague Yearbook of International Law, 3 (1992).