is a partner in the Vinson & Elkins International Dispute Resolution Group.
He is based in the firm’s London office and appears as an advocate in
international arbitration proceedings, representing companies and individuals.
He is admitted in England as a Solicitor-Advocate.
practice covers both Investor-State arbitration and commercial arbitration, and
has involved the full range of arbitral seats and arbitral rules (ICSID,
UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, SCC, PCA, CRCICA, CIArb etc). The cases on which
George works involve issues of public international law, private international
law, English law and the law of numerous other jurisdictions. George’s cases
often involve complex or novel issues of jurisdiction, and he has worked on
various cases in which the relationship between Investor-State law and criminal
law (national and international) has been at issue. He also has experience of
challenging INTERPOL Red Notices.
considerable experience with disputes in the oil and gas, mining and
infrastructure fields, as well as experience in areas such as real estate
development, shareholder disputes, finance, sports, insurance, and
pharmaceuticals. He has particular strength in arbitrations coming out of
projects in emerging markets, with clients from, or working in, regions such as
the Middle East, the CIS, Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and
As well as
acting as Counsel, George regularly sits as an arbitrator, and has been
appointed as Sole Arbitrator, Chair of the Tribunal and Co-Arbitrator. He sits
in commercial and Investor-State cases and his cases to date have been under
the rules of the ICC, the LCIA, UNCITRAL, the CRCICA, the LCIA India and the
OIC Investment Agreement, and under the default rules in England’s Arbitration
Act of 1996.
active in arbitral institutions, and he writes and speaks on issues relating to
international commercial disputes on a regular basis. He is also a founding
member of the Organizing Committee for the International Arbitration Charity