Leading legal minds

Laura Halonen



England and Wales, 2005

Geneva (foreign lawyer), 2016




Finnish, English



Laura Halonen joined LALIVE in 2010. She specialises in public international law and international arbitration, with particular emphasis on investment arbitration. She has acted as counsel, arbitrator and tribunal secretary in numerous international arbitration proceedings (under the rules of ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, WIPO, Swiss Chambers, LCIA, SCC and FCC) in relation to investment, privatisation, and other international contracts disputes, in particular in the energy, transport, finance, life sciences and biotechnology and telecommunications sectors. She also advises clients on matters relating to English law and international law, including the law of the sea, human rights law, law of treaties and law on natural resources. Laura Halonen is a member of the advisory board of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA).


Prior to joining LALIVE, Laura Halonen was an associate (2005-2008) and trainee (2004-2005) in the international arbitration and public international group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris, and a trainee in the litigation, corporate and banking groups of the same firm in London (2003-2004).


She holds a BCL (2009) and MA (Jurisp) (Oxon) (2001) from the University of Oxford as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (2002).


An Analysis of the Compensation Regime Applicable to Claims Arising from Armed Conflicts Affecting Investments in MENANoradèle Radjai, Laura Halonen, Panagiotis A. Kyriakou, 2016

BCDR International Arbitration Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 219-242

Post-Award RemediesVeijo Heiskanen, Laura Halonen, 2014

In: Giorgetti (Ed.), Litigating International Investment Disputes: A Practitioner's Guide, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, pp. 497-526

Catch Them if You Can: Compatibility of United Kingdom and United States Legislation against Financing Terrorism with Public International Law Rules on JurisdictionLaura Halonen, 2012

Emory International Law Review (2012) 26(2), pp. 637-675

On the Availability of Counterclaims in Investment Treaty ArbitrationPierre Lalive, Laura Halonen, 2011

In: Rights of the Host States within the System of International Investment Protection,

Czech Yearbook of International Law 2011, Ed. Juris Publishing, Inc., Huntington, NewYork, Vol.II, pp.141-156

Bridging the Gap in the Notion of ‘Investment’ between ICSID and UNCITRAL Arbitrations: Note on an Award Rendered under the BIT between Switzerland and Uzbekistan (Romak SA v Uzbekistan)Laura Halonen, 2011

ASA Bull. 2/2011, Vol. 29, pp. 312-326

Containing the scope of the umbrella clauseLaura Halonen, 2008

In: Weiler (Ed.), Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, JurisNet, 2008, pp. 27-38

Academic Positions

Course Mentor: Introduction and Procedure

UNITAR E-learning Course

Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative

See the Course outline.  More information at UNITAR's website.

March-April 2011, May-June 2012 and April-May 2014


German Institute of Arbitration (DIS)5th DIS Baltic Arbitration Days 2016: The Relation between State Courts and Arbitral Tribunals
Riga, Latvia, 2-3 June 2016
Speaker: Perspectives – Switzerland and England

For more information, see the programme.

DIS40Pitfalls and Strategies in Communication with Arbitral Tribunals
Frankfurt, 1 June 2016
Speaker: Different advocacy channels to effectively communicate with tribunals

Co-Chairs' Circle 2nd Global Conference: Controversy in International Arbitration
Helsinki, Finland, 27-28 May 2016
Moderator: Initiatives aimed at naming or shaming arbitrators – could they work?

For more information, see the programme.

The Law School of Bucharest University and ICC Young Arbitrators ForumStates and State Entities in International Arbitration
Bucharest, Romania, 16 October 2015
Speaker: Counterclaims in investment arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators ForumGlobal ICC YAF Conference
London, 25-27 June 2015
Speaker: The future of the practice of international arbitration – Who Owns the Process?

For more information, see the programme.

Young Arbitration Club Finland (YACF)Tallinn Event on Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators in Small Countries
Tallinn, Estonia, 23 April 2015
Speaker: Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators in Small Countries

For more information, see the programme.

African Institute of International LawTraining Workshop on Bilateral Investment Treaties and Arbitration
Arusha, Tanzania, 16-20 February 2015
Teacher: Modules 2-3: Core Principles of International Investment Law and Standards of Investment Protection

For more information, see the programme and the presentations.


LCIA Young International Arbitration GroupThe Future of European Investment Protection and ISDS
London, 3 December 2014
Speaker: This house believes that the new EU Regulation on financial responsibility for EU investor-state disputes will hinder Investors in bringing Investor-state claims (opposing motion)

ICC Young Arbitrators ForumThe Future of Investment Arbitration - TTIP, Transparency and other Trends
Hamburg, 19 November 2014
Speaker: Narrower Substantive Standards of Protection?

Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration and Deutscher AnwaltvereinGermany as Seat of Arbitration
Frankfurt am Main, 10 March 2014
Panellist: The Process of International Arbitration: Are Procedural Practices still divergent or are they converging?

Università Commerciale “L.Bocconi” / Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies The Use of Economics in International Arbitration
Milan, 6-7 June 2013
Speaker: The Intersection of micro-and macroeconomics: Impact of causes of action and defences on damages in investment arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

ASA Below 40 and ICDR Young and InternationalThe empty chair – arbitrating against absent respondents
Geneva, 31 May 2013
Speaker: Resisting enforcement of awards by non-appearing respondents

For more information, see the programme.

QMUL School of International Arbitration and ICC Institute of World Business ForumInterim Relief in Arbitration – 27th Annual Colloquium of Arbitrators
London, 26 March 2012
Speaker: Enforcement of Interim Measures – Further Action by the Arbitral Tribunal

YAAP and ICC Young Arbitrators ForumYoung Approaches to Arbitration
Vienna, 27 March 2010
Speaker: The impact of European Community Law on International Arbitration – EU Law and BITs: Recent Developments

For more information, see the programme.

Juris ConferencesInternational Investment Arbitration: Debate and Discussion
Washington DC, 17 May 2007
Speaker: Where’s my Umbrella? A Look Inside the Umbrella Clause Debate


Laura Halonen is a “perfect lawyer – definitely one for the future”.
GAR 100, 2017

Laura Halonen is praised for her "excellent presentation and very in-depth knowledge of international arbitration".
Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017