Erica Stein


Erica Stein


Brussels | 480 Avenue Louise, Box 13A, Brussels, Belgium 1050
+32 2 535 5403 | +32 2 535 5400

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


Erica Stein focuses her practice on international arbitration, including both commercial and investment arbitration matters. Ms. Stein’s work focuses on disputes in the life sciences space, as well as disputes involving the interplay between arbitration and EU law, particularly in the investment treaty context. Ms. Stein also has particular expertise in issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and agreements under the New York Convention.

Ms. Stein has also sat as arbitrator in numerous proceedings, having acted as Chair, Sole Arbitrator or co-arbitrator in proceedings conducted under the arbitration rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, DIS (German Arbitration Institute), CEPANI (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation), Danish Institute of Arbitration, and Finnish Arbitration Institute. Ms. Stein is also on the list of arbitrators of several further arbitral institutions, including the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Stein is recognized as an expert for her broad work experience in all aspects of arbitral practice. Ms. Stein has been selected to The International Who’s Who – Arbitration every year since 2012, garnering praise for her “incisive and insightful comments” and “strategic acumen,” and because “she is very good at what she does.” Ms. Stein has also been selected by clients and peers as a “Thought Leader” among practitioners. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA. Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Stein worked for six years at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, before spending six years at the premier arbitration boutique in Belgium.

Ms. Stein is the Vice President of the DIS Arbitration Council (German Arbitration Institute) and a member of the Task Force for the Revision of the 2010 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence. She also represents Belgium at the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and, in this capacity, has been a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration and ADR and the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings. Ms. Stein serves on the Academic Committee of the CEPANI (the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation) and the Editorial Board of b-Arbitra, the Belgian Review of Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer). Ms. Stein also served for six years on the Standing Committee of the ICC International Centre for ADR, four of which as Vice President.

  • Colombian investors against a South American State in an ICSID arbitration arising from the operation of bus concessions in a public transportation system.
  • A European State against European investors in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from changes in the regulatory framework for lotteries and gaming.
  • A European State against a European investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from the privatization of a turnkey capital equipment supplier.
  • An American pharmaceutical company in a CPR arbitration arising out of a pricing dispute with its manufacturer.
  • Belgian investors in an ICSID arbitration against an African State arising out of the taking of companies involved in producing and marketing precious metals.
  • A European State against a European investor in an arbitration arising from the seizure of planes in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • A South American State against an American investor in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the State’s windfall profit levy on oil revenues. 

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Brown University, B.A., 1997
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Certificat d’études politiques, 1996
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Zertifikat - Grundkentnisse im deutschen Recht, 2002
  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Law Study, 2001
  • Brussels
  • New York
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Dutch
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • LCIA European Users’ Council
  • CEPANI (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings
Speaking Engagements
  • International Chamber of Commerce YAF: BXL DebateFest, Brussels (March 13, 2020)
  • Dispute resolution at the time of EU Bilateral Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements - CEA Belgium 2020 Annual conference, Brussels (February 21, 2020) 
  • Dechert LS Academy, Investor Focus, Paris (December 3, 2019)
  • Dechert LS Academy, Industry Focus, Paris (November 28, 2019)
  • Issues Facing Respondent States - 9th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague (October 10, 2019)
  • Investment Arbitration Masterclass Energy Charter Secretariat Training — Energy Charter Secretariat Training, Brussels (November 5, 2018)
  • Issues Faced by Respondent States — 8th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague (October 24, 2018)
  • Life Sciences Academy — Paris, France (October 2, 2018) 
  • Multiple Proceedings, Multiple Parties, and International Arbitration: What a Tangled Web We Weave — Dallas, TX (June 20, 2018)
  • 60 years New York Convention — DIS - Baltic Arbitration Days, Riga (June 14, 2018)
  • Stockholm GAR Live Conference — Stockholm (May 24,2018)
  • EU Pharmaceutical Law Forum - Brussels (May 15-17, 2018)
  • International Conference 60 Years of the New Convention — Sevilla (April 4, 2018)
  • Harvard International Law Journal — Cambridge, MA (March 6, 2018)
  • New York Convention: Unresolved Issues 60 Years On — New York (March 2, 2018)
  • ICC Prague Arbitration Day — Prague (February 26, 2018)
  • The Present and Near Future of New Technologies in Arbitration — CEA Conference, Brussels (February 23, 2018)
  • Investment Arbitration Masterclass Energy Charter Secretariat Training — Energy Charter Secretariat Training, Brussels (November 8, 2017)
  • 7th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference — Prague (October 26, 2017)
  • Interim Measures in Investment Treaty Arbitration — Young ICCA, Prague (October 25, 2017)
  • Proportionality in Investor-State Arbitration — Young ICSID, Paris (September 18, 2017)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Efficient Escalation Clauses — 7th ICC International Mediation Conference, Paris (October 19, 2016)
  • Role & effects of Local Law and Court Decisions — 6th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague (September 13, 2016)
  • The Role of the Arbitrator: Adjudicator, Truth Seeker, Mediator? — ICC YAF, Paris (June 2, 2016)
  • Procedural and substantial concerns in litigating investment disputes under the ECT — Energy Charter Roundtable: Investment Arbitration Under The Energy Charter Treaty: Reflections On Its Role And Its Modernization, Brussels (October 15, 2015.
  • Commercial Arbitration Involving States, Perfectly Normal and Normally Perfect — ICC YAF, Amsterdam (October 13, 2015)
  • The Role of Dispute Mechanisms in Redressing Power Imbalances – Tools for Mediators and Arbitrators - Power Imbalances in International Dispute Resolution — DIS Conference, Berlin (September 23, 2015) 
  • Arbitration's Got Talent — 5th ICC YAF Global Conference, London (June 26, 2015)
  • Getting your Awards Enforced, the Party's Perspective — ICC Seminar, Sofia (June 1, 2015)
  • Appointment of arbitrators: parties v arbitral institutions — CEPANI 40 debate evening, Brussels (May 5, 2015)
  • EU law and investment treaty law: convergence, conflict, or conversation? — Inaugural Conference of EFILA, London (January 23, 2015)
  • Controlling Time and Costs in Arbitration — Effective Management of Arbitration Seminar, Brussels (September 30, 2014)
  • ICCA New York Convention Roadshow in Cooperation with the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs — ICCA and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 23, 2014)
  • Expert Proceedings – A convenient dispute resolution method or just extra hassle? —The Swedish Arbitration Association, Stockholm (September 5, 2014)