People

Laura Halonen

Counsel

Admission :

England and Wales, 2005
Geneva (foreign lawyer), 2016

Nationality :

Finnish

Languages :

English , Finnish , French

Geneva

35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6
Switzerland

Contact :

+41 58 105 2000 +41 58 105 2060

Laura Halonen joined LALIVE in 2010. She specialises in public international law and international arbitration, with particular emphasis on investment arbitration. She has acted as counsel, arbitrator and tribunal secretary in numerous international arbitration proceedings (under the rules of ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, WIPO, Swiss Chambers, LCIA, SCC and FCC) in relation to investment, privatisation, and other international contracts disputes, in particular in the energy, transport, finance, life sciences and biotechnology and telecommunications sectors. She also advises clients on matters relating to English law and international law, including the law of the sea, human rights law, law of treaties and law on natural resources. Laura Halonen is a member of the advisory board of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA).

Prior to joining LALIVE, Laura Halonen was an associate (2005-2008) and trainee (2004-2005) in the international arbitration and public international group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris, and a trainee in the litigation, corporate and banking groups of the same firm in London (2003-2004).

She holds a BCL (2009) and MA (Jurisp) (Oxon) (2001) from the University of Oxford as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (2002)

“Perfect lawyer – definitely one for the future”.

GAR 30, 2018

Laura Halonen is a prominent practitioner in the market who "masters every detail of complex cases in a remarkable manner”. Peers add: “She is an extremely tough opponent and conveys a strong defence in a simple, straightforward and efficient manner.”

Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration - Future Leaders 2018

Laura Halonen is a “perfect lawyer – definitely one for the future”.

GAR 100, 2017

Laura Halonen is praised for her "excellent presentation and very in-depth knowledge of international arbitration".

Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017

Post-Award Remedies

Veijo Heiskanen, Laura Halonen, 2014

In: Giorgetti (Ed.), Litigating International Investment Disputes: A Practitioner's Guide, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, pp. 497-526

Containing the scope of the umbrella clause

Laura Halonen, 2008

In: Weiler (Ed.), Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, JurisNet, 2008, pp. 27-38

Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic and KPMG

8th Investment Arbitration Conference

Prague 25/10/2018 Laura Halonen Speaker: Annulment – Proposed changes to ICSID Rules

For more information, see the programme.

Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA)

Training in Resolving International Trade and Investment Disputes

Accra 16/04/2018 Laura Halonen Moderator of practical exercise (with Steven Finizio): Jurisdiction of investment arbitration tribunals

For more information, see the programme.

Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)

Interim Measures in Investment Treaty Arbitration

Prague 25/10/2017 Laura Halonen Speaker: Enforcement of decisions on interim measures within the arbitration context

For more information, see the programme.

Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA)

A Paradigm Shift in International Investment Law

Cairo 02/04/2017 Laura Halonen Speaker: From Investment Protection to Investment Facilitation and Promotion

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

Investment Arbitration in Challenging Times – Issue Conflicts and the Problem of Legitimacy

Frankfurt 07/03/2017 Laura Halonen Speaker: Prior statements regarding similar legal questions in arbitral decisions or legal publications

German Institute of Arbitration (DIS)

5th DIS Baltic Arbitration Days 2016: The Relation between State Courts and Arbitral Tribunals

Riga 02/06/2016 Laura Halonen Speaker: Perspectives – Switzerland and England

For more information, see the programme.

DIS40

Pitfalls and Strategies in Communication with Arbitral Tribunals

Frankfurt 01/06/2016 Laura Halonen Speaker: Different advocacy channels to effectively communicate with tribunals

Co-Chairs' Circle

2nd Global Conference: Controversy in International Arbitration

Helsinki 28/05/2016 Laura Halonen Moderator: Initiatives aimed at naming or shaming arbitrators – could they work?

For more information, see the programme.

The Law School of Bucharest University and ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

States and State Entities in International Arbitration

Bucharest 16/10/2015 Laura Halonen Speaker: Counterclaims in investment arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Global ICC YAF Conference

London 25/06/2015 Laura Halonen Speaker: The future of the practice of international arbitration – Who Owns the Process?

For more information, see the programme.

Young Arbitration Club Finland (YACF)

Tallinn Event on Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators in Small Countries

Tallinn 23/04/2015 Laura Halonen Speaker: Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators in Small Countries

For more information, see the programme.

African Institute of International Law

Training Workshop on Bilateral Investment Treaties and Arbitration

Arusha, Tanzania 20/02/2015 Laura Halonen Teacher: Modules 2-3: Core Principles of International Investment Law and Standards of Investment Protection

For more information, see the programme and the presentations.

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

The Future of European Investment Protection and ISDS

London 03/12/2014 Laura Halonen Speaker: This house believes that the new EU Regulation on financial responsibility for EU investor-state disputes will hinder Investors in bringing Investor-state claims (opposing motion)

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

The Future of Investment Arbitration - TTIP, Transparency and other Trends

Hamburg 19/11/2014 Laura Halonen Speaker: Narrower Substantive Standards of Protection?

Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration and Deutscher Anwaltverein

Germany as Seat of Arbitration

Frankfurt am Main 10/03/2014 Laura Halonen Panellist: The Process of International Arbitration: Are Procedural Practices still divergent or are they converging?

Università Commerciale “L.Bocconi” / Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

The Use of Economics in International Arbitration

Milan 06/06/2013 Laura Halonen Speaker: The Intersection of micro-and macroeconomics: Impact of causes of action and defences on damages in investment arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

ASA Below 40 and ICDR Young and International

The empty chair – arbitrating against absent respondents

Geneva 31/05/2013 Laura Halonen Speaker: Resisting enforcement of awards by non-appearing respondents

For more information, see the programme.

QMUL School of International Arbitration and ICC Institute of World Business Forum

Interim Relief in Arbitration – 27th Annual Colloquium of Arbitrators

London 26/03/2012 Laura Halonen Speaker: Enforcement of Interim Measures – Further Action by the Arbitral Tribunal

YAAP and ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Young Approaches to Arbitration

Vienna 27/03/2010 Laura Halonen Speaker: The impact of European Community Law on International Arbitration – EU Law and BITs: Recent Developments

For more information, see the programme.

Juris Conferences

International Investment Arbitration: Debate and Discussion

Washington DC 17/05/2007 Laura Halonen Speaker: Where’s my Umbrella? A Look Inside the Umbrella Clause Debate
Laura Halonen Course Mentor: Introduction and Procedure

2016

UNITAR E-learning Course
Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative
See the Course outline. More information at UNITAR's website.

Laura Halonen Course Mentor: Introduction and Procedure

2014

UNITAR E-learning Course
Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative
See the Course outline. More information at UNITAR's website.

Laura Halonen Course Mentor: Introduction and Procedure

2012

UNITAR E-learning Course
Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative
See the Course outline. More information at UNITAR's website.

Laura Halonen Course Mentor: Introduction and Procedure

2011

UNITAR E-learning Course
Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative
See the Course outline. More information at UNITAR's website.