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Emilie specialises in investment treaty arbitration, public international law, human rights and international commercial arbitration.


Having joined the Bar from the International Arbitration and Public International Law group of a Magic Circle Firm in London, she has extensive experience in these fields, in which she has developed a substantial full-time practice acting as a member of a counsel team, sole junior to a leader as well as sole counsel. She is ranked as a “Future Leader” and recognised as a leading arbitration junior by Who’s Who Legal.

Emilie has represented States, sovereign entities and corporations in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. She has experience of arbitrations conducted under the major arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, HKIAC, SCC, UNCITRAL) across a range of sectors, including energy, real estate, finance, mining and telecoms. She also has expertise in proceedings related to arbitration disputes before English and other Commonwealth courts, including enforcement of arbitral awards.

Emilie has also represented parties before a number of international courts, including the ICJ, the ECtHR and the CJEU. She is regularly instructed to advise on complex public international law issues, such as State responsibility, State immunity, Law of the Sea, International Human Rights Law and Interpol Red Notices. 

Representative cases in which Emilie has been involved in 2018 include the ICJ case Legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 (Request for Advisory Opinion) in which she represented the African Union, the CJEU case regarding the dispute resolution mechanism in the CETA in which she was counsel to Wallonia and Brussels (Opinion 1/17) and Bladon Enterprises Ltd, GermenProperties Ltd v Romania, ICSID Case No. ARB/18/30, where Emilie is counsel to the claimants (led by Roderick Cordara QC and instructed by Shearman & Sterling LLP).

Emilie teaches investment treaty arbitration at Sciences Po Paris. She has published and speaks regularly on investment law, public international law and commercial arbitration. She is also admitted to the Paris Bar as Avocate à la Cour and speaks French, Italian and German.




LLM in International Business Law (Hons), London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010
Masters in English and North American Business Law (Hons), La Sorbonne, 2009
Masters in Economic Law with major in Litigation and Arbitration (Hons), Sciences Po Paris, 2009
Masters in Public Affairs (Hons), Sciences Po Paris, 2007
Double degree in German and History (Hons), Jussieu and La Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2005

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Public international law

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Emilie GoninDoughty Street ChambersAn excellent and committed junior who is a great team player and a joy to work with, she works seamlessly across French and English, and fights like a tiger for her clients.