Philip Dunham


Philip Dunham


Paris | 32 rue de Monceau, Paris, France 75008
+33 1 57 57 80 20 | +33 1 57 57 80 81


Philip Dunham has concentrated his practice in international arbitration since 1992. His principal activity has been acting as counsel in numerous commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, whether ad hoc (including under the UNCITRAL Rules), or under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA, the SCC, or ICSID.

Mr. Dunham has particular experience advising on construction and engineering disputes covering a broad range of commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects.

Mr. Dunham also has extensive experience handling joint venture, oil & gas, energy, and military procurement disputes in respect of which he has regularly acted for and against state entities.

Mr. Dunham has also served as arbitrator (including as an emergency arbitrator) in several significant arbitrations.

Mr. Dunham is listed in Legal 500 EMEA, which describes him as a "top-quality lawyer and litigator", European Legal Experts, Euromoney Legal Group Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration. Since 2016, he is listed as a leading lawyer by The Who's Who Legal: France - Arbitration.

Mr. Dunham is a regular speaker at various conferences and seminars on international arbitration in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has also published numerous articles on international arbitration. He is a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings. 

  • A global construction company in a dispute against a European engineering company arising from the construction of Terminal 3/Concourse 2 of Dubai International Airport.
  • A European company in its defense of claims alleging defects in the design and construction of an offshore oil terminal.
  • A Latin American national oil company in a construction dispute exceeding US$1 billion arising from the Great Man-Made River Project (Libya).
  • A leading European cement manufacturer in a dispute with two Asian parties arising from widespread hidden defects in a newly-acquired industrial plant.
  • An Asian state entity in connection with a US$2 billion dispute arising from a military procurement contract and the payment of illicit commissions.
  • A leading European telecom company in a shareholders’ dispute exceeding US$1.5 billion (Egypt).
  • A South American state in an ICSID investment dispute with a major foreign oil company exceeding US$4 billion.
  • A South American state in two related ICSID investment disputes with major U.S. and European oil companies exceeding US$900 million. 
  • A major U.S. oil company in a dispute against a West African state involving a production-sharing agreement.
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B., French and English Law Degree, 1990
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B., 1990
  • Université Robert Schuman, Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques, 1989
  • College of Law, Guildford, Law Society Final Course, 1992
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Paris, 2004
  • Supreme Court of England and Wales, 1994
  • English
  • French
  • ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings
  • International Bar Association
  • Franco-British Lawyers Society
  • Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • LCIA Users’ Councils
Speaking Engagements
  • 4th ICC & SCL Egypt Conference: Regional and International developments in Construction Contracts and Disputes Resolution —  Cairo, Egypt (November 24, 2019)
  • Kyiv Arbitration Days 2018: Think Big! — Kiev (September 14, 2018)
  • Jurisdictional Issues in Construction Arbitrations — ICC-FIDIC International Construction Contracts & Dispute Resolution, Istanbul (March 30, 2016)
  • Controlling Time and Costs, the Counsel Perspective — ICC Seminar, Sofia (June 1, 2015)
  • Rules of GIAC - Comparison with ICC Rules — Development of Regional Arbitration in Georgia, Tbilisi (March 11, 2014)
  • International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) — ICC International Court of Arbitration, Dubai (April 15, 2013)

    Speaker, "International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)" conference. Topics included: ICC arbitration in the MENA region: any influence of the Arab Spring two years on?; The changing and challenging perceptions to having the MENA as a seat of arbitration; Assessment of individual states and territories; The interplay between civil law and common law in international arbitration: clash or harmony?; and State contracts and international arbitration in the MENA region.
  • Third Party Funding of International Arbitration Claims — LCIA India International Symposium “Innovation and Technology in Arbitration”, Bangalore (July 7, 2012)
  • Efficiency of Complex Dispute Resolution in the Current Economic Climate — Conference Presented by the ICC, Bucharest (September 28, 2010)

    Speaker, "Efficiency of Complex Dispute Resolution in the Current Economic Climate" conference presented the different forms of dispute resolution services in the current economic climate.
  • Workshop on International Arbitration Under the ICC Rules — ICC Seminar, Sofia (June 10, 2010)
  • International Arbitration of Investor-State Cases — Conference on International Investment Disputes: Best Practices for Treaty Negotiation and Case Management, Putrajaya (May 24, 2010)

    Speaker, "International Arbitration of Investor-State Cases" program included modules on international investments and disputes, and arbitration procedures; and panel decisions on mock arbitration.
  • Arbitration -What are the Options? — Korean In-House Counsel Forum, Seoul (March 30, 2010)
  • Negotiating Arbitration Clauses with State Entities — ICC, Sofia (November 24, 2008)
  • PIDA Training on International Arbitration: Study of a Mock Case Under the ICC Rules of Arbitration — PIDA Training on International Commercial Arbitration: Strategy in Answering a Request for Arbitration, Paris (October 14, 2008)
  • Damages in International Arbitration - Practical Considerations — 3rd Annual Dallas Round Table, Dallas, TX (June 18, 2008)
  • International Construction Contracts and the Resolution of Disputes — ICC/FIDIC's Resolution of Disputes Under International Construction Contracts Conference, Monaco (January 24, 2008)
  • ADR in International Construction Disputes — 3rd Spanish Arbitration Club Conference, Madrid (December 1, 2007)
  • International Commercial Arbitration Report, Focus Area: European Union — ICDR's International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation, with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (October 12, 2007)

    Speaker, "International Commercial Arbitration Report, Focus Area: European Union" conference discussion topics included recent practice trends and developments in the field of ADR; arbitration jurisprudence; selecting the forum; challenges to overcome and potential pitfalls to avoid when exploring dispute resolution options and climate toward ADR in the region. 
  • International Arbitration 2007 — Practising Law Institute Program, New York, NY (March 1, 2007)
  • The Americas - Part 1 - Overview and Update Regarding the Latest Developments and Recent Trends Regarding International ADR in the Americas — International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Philadelphia, PA (December 6, 2006)
  • International Construction Contracts and the Resolution of Disputes — ICC/FIDIC Conference, Paris (October 1, 2006)
  • International Arbitration in China : Recent Developments and Current Issues — International Bar Association Conference, Shanghai (February 1, 2006)
  • Dispute Resolution Options Available in Contracts With Sovereign Entities — ICC/FIDIC Conference, Paris (October 1, 2005)
  • Successfully Representing a Client in an ICC International Arbitration — ICC/Irish National Committee, Dublin (September 30, 2005)
  • Reflections on Tools and Tactics in International Commercial Arbitration Over the Last 25 Years — Falconbury Business Law Seminar, Paris (April 1, 2005)
  • In-House Seminar on “Practical Considerations to Minimize Risk, Cost, and Time in Pursuing International Arbitrations — In-House Seminar, Paris (February 1, 2005)
  • Constitutional Law and International Commercial Arbitration — First ICC Latin-America Arbitration Day, Curitiba (September 1, 2004)