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Samantha J. Rowe is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution and Business Integrity Groups whose practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law. Ms. Rowe has represented private clients and States across multiple jurisdictions (most notably, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe) in arbitrations governed by various substantive laws and conducted under the rules of the ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC, the ICC and the LCIA. She has experience across a broad range of industries and sectors, including energy, mining, construction, financial services and pharmaceuticals. She advises clients on a broad range of international law issues, including the international protection of investments, and represents her clients in associated disputes.

Ms. Rowe has been named to The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list, which recognizes the profession’s most innovative and inspirational lawyers. The magazine noted the “precedent-setting cases” she advises on. She was also named a Rising Star for international arbitration by Law360, a UK Rising Star, and a Rising Star in the Commercial Arbitration practice category at the inaugural Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Rising Stars Awards. Ms. Rowe is included in The Legal 500’s inaugural International Arbitration Powerlist, and she is listed by Who’s Who Legal (2024) as a thought leader for arbitration. Chambers Global (2024), Chambers UK (2024) and The Legal 500 UK (2024) recommend her for International Arbitration, with the guides noting that she is “an excellent lawyer with a clarity and expression of thought that enables complex matters to be understood quickly.” She is said to be “everything that you would ever want in a lawyer,” “extremely professional and knowledgeable” and a “brilliant advocate.” The Legal 500 UK (2024) further recommends her for Public International Law where clients have noted that she is “an excellent communicator with deep knowledge of international law.” In previous editions of the guides, clients note she “provides sharp insight from various angles.” The Legal 500 Latin America (2023) also recommends her for International Arbitration, noting in particular her energy sector experience.

Ms. Rowe is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and is admitted to the New York bar. She is fluent in French and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese and frequently handles contentious matters involving these languages.

Ms. Rowe is a highly active member of the arbitration and public international law communities. She serves on the Board of the Business and Human Rights Lawyers Association, is a member of the ICC’s Informal Working Group on Business and Human Rights, a member of the Executive Board of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Young & International Group, a member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Advisory Council, is on the Editorial Board of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review, and is on the Board of Reporters for the ITA Arbitration Report.

Ms. Rowe has previously served as the Rule of Law Vice Chair and Steering Committee Member of the American Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee, on the IBA Task Force for the Review of the 2010 Arbitration Rules on the Taking of Evidence, on the Board of Directors and the Program Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center, and on the Programme Committee for the American Society of International Law’s 2013 Annual General Meeting.

She speaks regularly on arbitration-related issues and has authored or co-authored a number of publications in the field, including most recently: “A Duty to Disclose, a Duty to Inquire: French and European Courts Address an Arbitrator’s Independence and Impartiality,” LexisPSL (September, 2021); “The 2020 revisions to the IBA rules on evidence – change for a new decade,” Global Arbitration Review (August, 2021); “Renewable Energy Investments – International Protections to Mitigate Risks,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (August, 2021); “Current trends in ‘umbrella clause’ claims arising from breaches of contractual obligations,“ IBA (June, 2021); “The Portigon v. Spain Decision: Upholding International Law Protections for Financial Instruments,” EMPEA Data and Intelligence (June, 2021); “Germany: Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence,” Compliance & Enforcement (May, 2021); “Halliburton Company v. Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd: Failure to Disclose but No Bias,” The ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin (March, 2021); “Resolving Perceived Norm Conflict through Principles of Treaty Interpretation: The January 2019 EU Member States’ Declarations,” European Investment Law and Arbitration Review (January, 2021); “Debevoise Discusses Banks and Climate-Change Initiatives,” Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (January, 2021); “UK Guide to Arbitration,” In-House Lawyer (November, 2018); “Tactics and procedures used in international arbitration to promote efficiency,” Experiencias y Retos del Ecuador en el Arbitraje de Inversión y Comercial (September, 2018); “Corruption as a defense in arbitration,” Practical Law (February, 2018); and “The Role of the Tribunal in Controlling Arbitral Costs,” The International Journal of ArbitrationMediation and Dispute Management (May, 2015). She also serves on the ITA Board of Reporters and as co-editor of the ABA’s International Dispute Resolution News and the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review. She regularly contributes to the ITA Arbitration Report and KluwerArbitration.com.

Ms. Rowe has also co-authored a number of chapters in industry publications. These include a chapter in the International Arbitration Country Comparative Guide, published by The Legal 500 (2019-2022); the “Compensation in Energy Arbitration” chapter in The Guide to Energy Arbitrations, published by Global Arbitration Review (2017 & 2019); the “Protecting Property Rights in Investment Treaty Arbitration - A Misleading Rubric?” chapter in Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, Juris, Vol.9 (May, 2016); the “Fair and Equitable Treatment Issues in Oil & Gas Investment-Treaty Arbitration” chapter in The Leading Practitioners’ Guide to International Oil & Gas Arbitration, Juris (July, 2015).

Ms. Rowe received her B.A. (Hons.) with First Class Honours in English Law and French Law from the University of Oxford, Wadham College, a Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français from the Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University. She was a scholar of Wadham College and received a Dean’s Graduate Award at NYU.


  • New York University School of Law, 2008, LL.M.
  • University of Oxford, 2006, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Solicitor, England & Wales