Miriam Harwood specializes in international arbitration, including commercial disputes and investment treaty claims, and has served as counsel for foreign states, governmental agencies and private entities in a broad array of cases. She has handled arbitrations under the auspices of the major international arbitral organizations, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).
Notable cases include representation of Venezuela against the multi-billion dollar claims brought by oil companies ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, involving claims of US$30 billion and $16 billion, respectively. Other recent arbitrations include disputes involving construction contracts and oil and gas projects.
In addition to international arbitration, Ms. Harwood has practiced commercial litigation in United States courts, including matters involving contract disputes, bankruptcy, trademark and false advertising cases, international law and sovereign immunity.
Ms. Harwood has been cited for her work by Global Arbitration Review, Legal 500 USA: International Arbitration, and Legal 500 Latin America: International Arbitration, and was named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latin America by Latinvex in 2018. Clients have noted that she has “a great facility with the law in many jurisdictions,” is “thorough and careful, as well as forceful in pursuing issues she judges of merit” and has “excellent ability to cut through challenges and make a case clearly and concisely while under great pressure.”
COURTSU.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
International Bar Association