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John M. B. Balouziyeh is an accomplished international lawyer with an acknowledged depth of expertise in public international law, international corporate transactions, dispute resolution and foreign direct investment in the Middle East. Mr. Balouziyeh is a trusted advisor who protects the interests of multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and private clients on matters relating to international law, global foreign investment, criminal law and human rights. He has represented clients in international investigations, public-private partnerships, international arbitrations, treaty law disputes and government contracts. Mr. Balouziyeh is notable for his expertise in advising international investors doing business and investing in the Middle East and is praised by clients for his ability to “navigate highly complex regulatory hurdles” (Legal 500, 2023) and for his “[v]ery strong expertise in local law” (Acritas Survey 2019).
Mr. Balouziyeh has acted on some of the largest investments in the Middle East, having represented governments or foreign investors in joint ventures and public-private partnerships, some valued at over USD 30 billion, and in foreign military sales, direct commercial sales and government contracts valued at over USD 1 billion. Clients have described him as a “capable and experienced corporate, government contracts and regulatory specialist” (Legal 500, 2023) who “understands the practical implications of his advice and tailors it accordingly” (Chambers 2021). He has represented multinational corporations in both acquisitions in and divestments from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and the United Emirates, with clients praising him as “one of the smartest attorneys in the [Middle East] region” (Legal 500, 2023).
Mr. Balouziyeh has advised a wide range of clients, including the Public International Law and Policy Group, the United Nations, the International Development Law Organization, the World Bank and the International Law Institute, on matters of public international law.
Mr. Balouziyeh, who currently serves as an International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Instructor with the American Red Cross, previously worked as a Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), reporting to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He also acted as an International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Consultant at the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da'esh/ISIL (UNITAD). Mr. Balouziyeh began his legal career as a law clerk for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica.
He has advised over two hundred Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, Yemeni and Libyan refugees and asylum seekers, approximately 70 percent of whom have been granted asylum. He worked as a Project Lawyer with European Lawyers in Lesvos, which maintains a pro bono legal clinic for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos, and he has built strategic partnerships with the Norwegian Refugee Council to advise Syrian refugees on the laws of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. His work, which is the subject of his book, Hope and a Future: The Story of Syrian Refugees (Time Books, 2017), has won multiple awards and recognition by Legal Week, the Association of Corporate Counsel-Middle East (CCME), Chambers, The American Lawyer, the International Financial Law Review, and the Managing Partners’ Forum.
Mr. Balouziyeh has represented foreign investors before arbitral tribunals in the Middle East and in Europe. In advising clients on disputes, he “is pragmatic and understands the needs and risk appetite of multinational compan[ies]” (Legal 500, 2023). Having previously served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Balouziyeh has represented the United States in international arbitrations involving U.S. corporations and sovereign governments of Latin American states under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.
Mr. Balouziyeh has served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army Reserve (JAG) for more than seven years, holding a number of billets, including International Law Officer, Prosecutor and Defense Counsel. His previous assignments include the Guantánamo Bay war crimes tribunals, the Pentagon and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was competitively selected to represent “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in the 9/11 case, one of the most complex and high-profile criminal cases in U.S. history, tried before the first American war crimes tribunals in over fifty years. Mr. Balouziyeh, who holds a top-secret security clearance, is the recipient of multiple commendation medals by the Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mr. Balouziyeh is a prolific author who has published over 15 books and 40 articles on international law. His books include Principles of International Law (Vandeplas Publishing), A Legal Guide to Doing Business in Saudi Arabia (Thomson Reuters, Westlaw Gulf), Fundamentos de Derecho español privado (Thomson Reuters Aranzadi), The Government Procurement Review (The Law Reviews, contributor), Les Enfants des Rues au Sénégal (Éditions Biliki, editor), International Agency and Distribution Agreements (LexisNexis, contributor), and Las sociedades mercantiles estadounidenses (Editorial Marcial Pons).
International and Transnational Litigation
Public International Law
National Security Law