Barton Legum is a founding partner of Honlet Legum Arbitration. He concentrates on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-state. He has over 30 years of experience as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness. Civil law, common law and public international law have governed in the cases he has addressed. His case experience spans a wide variety of different sectors, including energy, mining, construction, pharmaceuticals, banking, manufacturing, telecommunications and others. He is frequently appointed in cases involving states or state enterprises as well as disputes between businesses. He has acted as conciliator as well as arbitrator.
Bart is a member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, a professional organisation with more than 20,000 members across 90 countries. The president of the World Bank designated him as a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators.
In addition to decades of private practice at prominent international law firms, Bart’s career has included years of government service. He has served both as a law clerk to a US federal court of appeals judge and in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the US State Department. In the latter role, he acted as lead counsel for the US government in defending the first arbitrations against it under the investment chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The United States won every case heard under his tenure.
As well as being the editor of The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review, Bart was the editor of International Litigation Strategies and Practice (2nd edition 2014; 1st edition 2005; American Bar Association). Bart publishes often on international dispute resolution topics, and frequently speaks at conferences on international arbitration and litigation.