Christine C. Carpenter
Associate | Philadelphia
Christine C. Carpenter

Christine Carpenter focuses her practice on cross-border litigation and international arbitration, and particularly on matters concerning elements of public international law or foreign law. She has represented clients including corporations, state entities, and individuals in civil disputes involving contract, Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, Class Action Fairness Act, and Anti-Terrorism Act issues, among others. She has successfully defended foreign sovereign officials in domestic proceedings regarding the deprivitization of state assets. Her practice includes litigating in state and federal court in both trial and appellate proceedings.

Ms. Carpenter has also advised private parties and sovereign States in Europe and the Americas regarding international disputes in the energy, internet governance, and other sectors. She has advised clients in relation to enforcement, pre- and post-judgment attachment, discovery and other areas under both US and foreign law.

Ms. Carpenter maintains an active pro bono practice of matters concerning international human rights and international criminal law, working with the Human Trafficking Legal Clinic to seek justice for migrant workers in diplomatic households in proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and with the Center for Reproductive Rights in proceedings challenging Texas' SB-8 abortion ban.

She has a particular interest in the intersection of law and technology, and has authored publications and undertaken speaking engagements on the subject, in addition to collaborating in a pro-bono capacity with Temple University Beasley School of Law's Institute for Law, Innovation & Technology. In 2023, the American Branch of the International Law Association recognized her as an Emerging Voice in International Law for her research on AI and the international crime of aggression.

  • A Central European energy company in enforcing an ICSID investment dispute award with a Central European State concerning corporate control of an energy company.
  • An internet company in an Independent Review Process against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers under the ICDR Rules regarding the failure to delegate a top level internet domain name.
  • A South American State against a foreign energy company in an action to enforce an ICSID arbitration award in the United States.
  • A US investment fund in a purchase of ICSID awards against European states.
  • Foreign banks in litigation arising under the Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Individuals and companies in litigation relating to the Lebanese financial crisis.
  • A foreign state official in successfully defending litigation arising from expropriation claims under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act at both the district and appellate level.
  • A Fortune 500 insurance company in class actions involving multi-hundred-million-dollar fiduciary duty claims at both the district and appellate level.
  • ABILA's International Law Weekend — Whose [Crime] is it Anyway: Adapting the Crime of Aggression to Grapple with AI & the Future of International Crimes, New York, NY (Oct. 21, 2023)
  • European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Criminal Justice — How Recent Advancements in AI Impact Our Understanding of Fairness in Key Elements of the Crime of Aggression, Aix-en-Provence, France (Aug. 31, 2023)
  • European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Law & Technology — Justice is Spiky: How Inequities in Access to Digitization Impact International Criminal Law, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Aug. 31, 2022)
  • International Law Association's 80th Biennial Conference — All's Fair in Love, War, and Online Dating: The Use of Digital Evidence from Dating Applications before International Courts, Lisbon, Portugal (June 21, 2022)
    • Lafayette College, B.A., International Affairs and French, 2017, Honors in International Affairs, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    • University of Cambridge, Master’s Degree, International Relations and Politics, 2018, Distinction
    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2021, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law Global Editor
    • Pennsylvania
    • New York
    • English
    • French