Emmanuel Jacomy

Emmanuel Jacomy


Emmanuel has extensive experience advising and representing companies, State-owned entities and governments in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under all major arbitration rules (including ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL), with focus on investment, oil & gas, energy and mining disputes, as well as disputes having a Chinese and African nexus. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He also acts as an arbitrator.

Emmanuel is also a member of the Expert Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Dispute Settlement Prevention (IIDPS), jointly established by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT).

Clients praise Emmanuel for his “stellar track record in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations” and for being “the best foreign lawyer […] in China”, “attentive to the needs of Chinese clients”, an “outstanding debater”, whose “expertise in investment treaty arbitration and public international law background are highly regarded”. He speaks English, French and Mandarin Chinese.


Representative matters

An international joint venture in an ICC arbitration in Paris brought by a European contractor. The dispute concerns the construction of a gas processing facility in Africa. The law of the country of the project applies.

Employer in a dispute arising from the development of a floating solar power plant in Indonesia. The dispute is subject to ICC arbitration and the contracts are governed by Indonesian and English law.

A Pakistani Independent Power Producer (IPP) in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a Pakistani State-owned entity. The dispute arose from Power Purchase Agreements and was governed by English law.

The People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by Hela Schwarz GmbH (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/19). The claims are brought under the China-Germany bilateral investment treaty.

Pro bono

Founder of NGO Justice for Cambodia

Representing victims of the Khmer Rouge regime before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”), a United Nations-supported tribunal set up to bring to trial senior leaders of the regime led by Pol Pot in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.

Published Work

  • E. Jacomy, J. Younan, G. Lim, (2023) Singapore Chapter of Delos Guide to Arbitration, Delos Dispute Resolution (Second Edition), [Paris: Delos]

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Investment Arbitration 101: A Primer”, SIAC Academy 2023, March 2023
  • Guest of Honour, “Managing investment and commercial disputes with Asian Parties”, Legal Forum and Awards 2023, September 2023
  • Speaker, “2022 ICSID Rules”, 2022 Tokyo Forum on Dispute Resolution, co-organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Ministry of Justice of Japan, Tokyo, December 2022
  • Speaker, “Crypto Winter: The Asia Pacific’s Shifting Crypto Dispute Landscape”, Seoul ADR Festival, November 2022

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, IBA Committee on Guidelines and Rules 
  • Chair, IBA Taskforce on Privilege in International Arbitration
  • Member, Expert Advisory Committee, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) International Institute for Dispute Prevention and Settlement (IIDPS)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing)


  • “He is exceptional.” Who’s Who Legal, 2023 
  • “Emmanuel Jacomy secures widespread endorsements from market sources thanks to his stellar track record in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.” Who’s Who Legal, 2022 
  • “Emmanuel Jacomy’s professional ability in international investment arbitration is very outstanding, and he is highly respected by state-owned enterprises, government departments, scholars and cooperating Chinese lawyers in mainland China. He responds quickly to clients’ problems, analyzes rigorously, and is good at dealing with Chinese witnesses and lawyers. When dealing with expert witnesses, it can be seen that the Chinese clients are very relieved to entrust complicated cases to him.” Legal 500, 2022 
  • “He is exceptional and extremely talented; he is the best foreign lawyer I have met in China and I personally learnt a lot from him as well.” Chambers & Partners, 2022 
  • “Emmanuel Jacomy is an outstanding debater, expert in his field in including China foreign-related disputes.” Legal 500, 2022 
  • “Emmanuel Jacomy (based in Beijing and Singapore) is very experienced and hardworking. Emmanuel speaks great Mandarin and is absolutely delightful to work with.” Legal 500, 2022 



England & Wales, 2012
Kingdom of Cambodia, 2010
France, 2008


Diplôme d’Etudes General, Management, Business Administration, HEC Business School, 2004 
Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, International Economic Law, Université Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2005


French, English, Mandarin
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