W. Laurence Craig

Chartered Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers
Member of the New York Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court
Qualified in France as Avocat, Member of the Paris Bar (now Avocat Honoraire)


Senior Counsel, Orrick (2005 – present)
Associate (1964-1966) and Partner (1967-2005) Coudert Freres, Paris
Associate, Covington and Burling, Washington D.C. (1960-1963)

Legal Education

University of Paris II, Docteur en droit (1981)
Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor cum Laude (1957)

Prior Education

Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., B.A. (1954)
Collegiate School, New York, N.Y. (1950)

Working Languages

English, French

Field of Activity

International commercial law practice in Paris since 1964, specializing in international arbitration since 1970. Since 2003 has acted principally as independent arbitrator serving as party-appointed, sole arbitrator or chairman in numerous ICC, AAA, LCIA, CIET AC and ad hoc arbitrations. Acted as arbitrator in numerous disputes involving states and state agencies, including service as ICSID arbitrator. Acted as counsel in over 150 International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations, including numerous disputes involving states and state agencies (also arbitration involving states before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – ICSID). Represented parties in oil concession, production sharing, and operating and exploration agreements; also agreements for the joint development of natural resources, power purchase agreements, and long term commodity purchase agreements. Contract negotiations and dispute resolution in Algeria, Brazil, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen, El Salvador, Tanzania (Zanzibar).

Mr. Craig was awarded a Trophee du Droit (one of the five leading
international arbitrators in France) in 2005.


U.S. Member – Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (1976-84); Member: NATO Appeal Board (1972-1976); Academic Council, ICC Institute of International Business Law and Practice ( J 980-1992); Advisory Council, International & Comparative Law Center of the Center for American and International Law (formerly the Southwestern Legal Foundation) (1988-present). Member of panel of arbitrators of various international arbitration organizations including China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Milan Club of Arbitrators. Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators). President, Association d’Avocats fnscrits a un Barreau Etranger ( 1997-2004). Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School ( 1999) (International Arbitration). Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).


International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration (with W.W. Park and J. Paulsson), (Oceana Publications/ICC Publishing, 3rd. ed . 2000); Annotated Guide to the 1998 ICC Arbitration Rules, With Commentary (with W.W. Park and J. Paulsson) (Oceana Publications/ICC Publishing, 1998); International Commercial Arbitration: Cases Materials and Notes on the Resolution of International Business Disputes (with M. Reisman, W.W. Park and J. Paulsson) (Foundation Press, 1997); Articles in Harvard and University of Michigan Law reviews, Arbitration International, Yearbook of Commercial Arbitration, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal; Chapters in Southwestern Legal Foundation, Private Investors Abroad (1987) (1993).

Military Service

U.S. Navy, active duty 1957-1960, served to Lieutenant USNR, with duty in office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. (appellate defense counsel in court martial proceedings) and aboard the USS Dewey (DLG-14).