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Stanimir A. Alexandrov


STANIMIR A. ALEXANDROV is the co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration practice.  Mr. Alexandrov focuses his practice in the areas of international dispute resolution, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration, and resolution of trade disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

He has represented private parties and governments in arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as in ICC, UNCITRAL, and AAA international arbitrations. He has also represented governments in WTO disputes. Mr. Alexandrov has been appointed to the ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators and serves as an arbitrator in cases under the arbitration rules of ICSID, the ICC, the London Court of International Arbitration and UNCITRAL. He has appeared as an expert witness in international arbitration on investment treaty interpretation. Mr. Alexandrov’s current and recent representations include global investors, such as Vivendi, Tate & Lyle, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., GE, Bechtel, Impregilo S.p.A., and Cargill, and of sovereigns including Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Peru, and Turkey.

Mr. Alexandrov is listed in Chambers USA 2005-2014; Chambers Global 2007, 2010 and 2012; Chambers Latin America, 2009-2014; The Legal 500: United States, 2007-2014; The Legal 500: Latin America, 2013-2014; The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Arbitration) 2005-2013; Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Handbook on Dispute Resolution 2007/08, 2008/09, 2010/2011, 2011/2012; Benchmark Litigation (Local Litigation Star and National Star for International Arbitration) 2010 and 2014; and Who’s Who Legal’s Commercial Arbitration 2010. Mr. Alexandrov was selected by Chambers USA 2013, Leader in their Field and it is noted that he “has an excellent reputation for his impressive investment treaty expertise” and that he is “recognized as having 'tremendous experience and unique insights specific to international arbitration that have proven invaluable. Mr. Alexandrov was listed in the 2012, 2014 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, recognized as Lawyer of the Year 2012 for International Arbitration – Governmental, and Lawyer of the Year 2014 for International Arbitration – Commercial. Washingtonian magazine has included Mr. Alexandrov on its 2013 list of Washington’s Best Lawyers as one of the region’s “best legal minds” in the area of International Trade and Arbitration.

Mr. Alexandrov was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, where he managed Bulgaria’s relations with the European Union, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and NATO and was responsible for all legal work of the Foreign Service. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington, D.C., where he negotiated trade and investment agreements and worked with the World Bank and the IMF.

He is a professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he teaches courses on international law and dispute settlement.

Mr. Alexandrov’s publications have been cited by parties to disputes before the International Court of Justice and by Judges of the Court.

In addition to English and Bulgarian, he is fluent in French, Russian and Spanish.



  • International Human Rights in a Nutshell, Sofia, 1997, with Judge Thomas Buergenthal (in Bulgarian)
  • Self-Defense Against the Use of Force in International Law, Kluwer, 1996
  • Reservations in Unilateral Declarations Accepting the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, Martinus Nijhoff, 1995


  • "El Tratado de la Carta de Energia: Un modelo exitoso de acuerdo multilateral para la protección de inversiones," Revista Argentina de Derecho de la Energía, Hidrocarburos y Minería 3 (2014);
  • “On the Perceived Inconsistency in Investor-State Jurisprudence,” in José E. Alvarez and Karl P. Sauvant, eds., The Evolving International Investment Regime (Oxford, 2011);
  • “Breach of Treaty Claims and Breach of Contract Claims: Is It Still Unknown Territory?” in Arbitration under International Investment Agreements: A Guide to the Key Issues (Katia Yannaca-Small ed., Oxford 2010);
  • “Wider Prospects for ICSID Arbitration Under China’s BITs,” in The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review (2010), with Marinn Carlson, Jennifer Haworth McCandless and Geoffrey D. Antell;
  • “Enforcement of ICSID Awards: Articles 53 and 54 of the ICSID Convention” in International Investment Law for the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer (Oxford, 2009);
  • “FDI Growth in Asia: The Potential for Treaty-Based Investment Protection” in The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2009 (Global Arbitration Review, 2009) with Amelia Porges and Meredith Moroney;
  • “Making Investment Treaties Work for Latin America” in The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2009 (Global Arbitration Review, 2009) with Nicolás Lloreda, Patricio Grané and Joshua Robbins;
  • “Proximate Causation in International Investment Disputes” in Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy (Karl Sauvant, ed.) (2009), with Joshua M. Robbins;  
  • “The Future of Investment Treaty Protection in Eastern Europe” in The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review 2009 (Global Arbitration Review, 2009) with Marinn Carlson and Joshua Robbins
  • “Vivendi (Compañía de Aguas del Aconquija) v. Argentina Case” in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (2008);
  • “Canada—Measures Affecting the Export of Civilian Aircraft” and “Brazil — Export Financing Programme for Aircraft” in The Case-Law of the WTO (Brigitte Stern and Hèléne Ruiz Fabri, eds.) (2007);  
  • “The Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice: How Compulsory Is It?” 5(1) Chinese Journal of International Law 29 (2006);
  • “The ‘Baby Boom’ of Treaty-Based Arbitrations and the Jurisdiction of ICSID Tribunals: Shareholders as ‘Investors’ and Jurisdiction Ratione Temporis,” 4 The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 19 (2005);
  • “Breaches of Contract and Breaches of Treaty: The Jurisdiction of Treaty-Based Arbitration Tribunals to Decide Breach of Contract Claims in SGS v. Pakistan and SGS v. Philippines,” in 5(4) Journal of World Investment and Trade 555 (2004);
  • “The Vivendi Annulment Decision and the Lessons for Future ICSID Arbitrations - The Applicants’ Perspective,” in Annulment of ICSID Awards (Gaillard and Banifatemi, eds.) (2004);  
  • “Inducing Compliance in WTO Dispute Settlement,” in The Political Economy of International Trade: Essays in Honor of Robert E. Hudec, Cambridge University Press (Kennedy and Southwick, eds.) (2002), with David Palmeter;  
  • “Accepting the Compulsory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice with Reservations: An Overview of Practice with a Focus on Recent Trends and Cases,” 14 Leiden Journal of International Law 89, (2001);  
  • “Paving the Way for Bulgaria’s Accession to the European Union,” 21 Fordham International Law Journal 587 (1998);  
  • “Further European Integration is Inevitable,” in European Integration and American Interests: What the New Europe Really Means For the United States (Jeffrey Gedmin, ed.) (1997);  
  • “Non-Appearance before the International Court of Justice,” 33 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 41 (1995); and 
  • “Delimitation of the Continental Shelf in an Enclosed Sea,” Hague Yearbook of International Law 3 (1992)

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