Philip Dunham


Philip Dunham


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

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Philip Dunham has concentrated his practice in international arbitration since 1992. His principal activity has been acting as counsel in numerous international disputes, whether ad hoc (including under the UNCITRAL Rules), or under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), or the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Mr. Dunham has particular experience advising on construction cases, as well as engineering, joint venture, oil & gas, energy, and military procurement disputes in respect of which he has regularly acted for or against state entities. He has also served as arbitrator in several significant arbitrations.

Mr. Dunham is listed in Legal 500 EMEA 2015 which describes him as a "brilliant counsel and upcoming arbitrator", European Legal Experts, Euromoney Legal Group Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration. In 2017 and 2018, he was 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.


Significant Representations

  • 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.
  • Université Robert Schuman, Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques, 1989
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B., 1990
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B., French and English Law Degree, 1990
  • College of Law, Guildford, Law Society Final Course, 1992
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Paris, 2004
  • , 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