Derains & Gharavi International

Julie Spinelli


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LANGUAGES : French and English

Julie Spinelli is an associate at Derains & Gharavi specialized in international arbitration. She has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings conducted under the arbitration rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL. She has also acted in numerous legal proceedings before French courts, including for the recognition and enforcement / annulment of arbitral awards.

Julie’s experience covers a wide range of industries. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy (oil and gas), mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agri-food and hospitality. She has dealt with disputes relating to energy and mining exploration and production contracts; price disputes in long-term gas supply contracts; investment protection; mergers and acquisitions; shareholders’ liability; governance; joint-ventures; licensing agreements and other long-term commercial contracts.

Julie holds an LLM in International Arbitration and Litigation from University College London, a Master II and a DJCE in International Business Law from the University Paul Cezanne, Aix Marseille III. Julie is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer in the fields of international arbitration and international dispute resolution.


Since May 2016 Associate, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
2008-2016 Associate – Dispute Resolution Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Paris)
2007 Intern – Litigation and Arbitration Group, Linklaters (Paris)
2004-2006 Intern – Litigation and dispute resolution firm, Shields Harney (Vancouver)


2007 LLM, International arbitration and litigation, University College London
2005 Master II professionnel / DJCE International Business Law (magna cum laude) – Institut de Droit des Affaires, Université Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III
2002 Master I, International and European Law (cum laude) – Université Paul Cézanne, Aix-Marseille III


“L’arbitrage et les petits litiges”, Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage 2017 – Nouveaux domaines, nouvelles utilisations, 3ème édition, Conseil National des Barreaux, 2017, co-authored with Jean-Robin Costargent

“The gathering and taking of evidence under the IBA Guidelines on party representation in international arbitration: civil and common law perspectives” (2014) 8 Dispute Resolution International 37, co-authored with Gisele Stephens-Chu.

“Bilateral option clause – importance of clear and unequivocal wording”, newsletter ILO, co-authored with Elie Kleiman (2014)

“NML v. Argentina: Supreme Court tightens waiver of sovereign immunity test” (2013), co-authored  with Elie Kleiman

“Dallah: one test, two different findings” (2011), newsletter ILO, co-authored with Elie Kleiman

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