Paul Cohen co-heads the international arbitration group at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers. He is among the world’s foremost international arbitration practitioners. A dual-qualified barrister and New York lawyer, Paul practiced for many years with the late Arthur Marriott QC. He is particularly well known for his work in the energy, financial, and technology sectors. Paul has appeared in commercial disputes involving all the major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. He has represented both investors and host states in investment treaty disputes.
Paul is often called upon to represent clients in highly complex cases in which clients feel concerned that their case might be lost in the minutiae. Paul’s prior experience as an American-qualified trial lawyer has made him one of the counsel of choice for distilling difficult fact patterns to their essence. Clients have called him “riveting” and “quite simply unrivaled” in his presentation to arbitral tribunals.
Paul is frequently consulted in arbitrations where there is an allegation or suspicion of corruption. He is one of the world’s authorities on the topic of bribery in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is the co-author of International Corruption (Sweet & Maxwell), the first — and still one of only very few — books to address bribery and corruption from a multinational perspective.
Paul accepts appointments as arbitrator. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Paul accepts direct instruction from clients in cases as counsel.
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Office of the Prosecutor
Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign, Speechwriter and policy advisor for Governor Bill Clinton and Senator Al Gore.
Co-Chair, International Task Force, Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Technology in International Arbitration
Editorial Board Member, Global Arbitration Review
New York City Bar, International Commercial Disputes Committee, Member
New York International Arbitration Center, Former Director
International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Member
International Arbitration Club of New York, Member
International Bar Association, Member
Lead author, International Corruption (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010; 2nd Ed
Lead author, International Investigations in the United States, in Corporate Internal Investigations: an International Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2008, 2014)
The March of the Robots (Global Arbitration Review, February 2017) [also appearing as "Technology in Arbitration Disputes -- the Practitioner's Perspective" in Arbitration in the Digital Age, Cambridge University Press, December 2017]
BIT by Byte (Global Arbitration Review, November 2016)
Let’s not get left behind (Global Arbitration Review, August 2016)
Bytes and Prejudice: Technology as a means to address unconscious bias in arbitrators (Journal of Technology in International Arbitration, June 2015)
Rue Britannia (Global Arbitration Review, April 2014)
Public Harms, Moral Qualms, and Greasy Palms (Global Arbitration Review, May 2013)
Uk Bribery Act: don’t believe the hype (Global Arbitration Review, June 20
New York State
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Senior Courts of England and Wales
Columbia Law School
Juris Doctor. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Senior Editor, Human Rights Law Review.
University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Advanced studies in Private International Law.
Post-doctoral research fellow.
Doctorate in Political Science. Full scholarship from the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts. Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Dean’s List all years.
Citizen of the United States, United Kingdom and France
Fluent in French; conversant in Spanish and Russian
What the clients say:
“A riveting speaker; tribunals pay attention”
“Incredibly creative in his thinking and presentation. Quite simply unrivaled as a big stage advocate for major arbitrations”
“A brilliant analytical mind wrapped up in an unassuming, user-friendly package”
“The man you want in your corner for the impossible case or the seemingly lost cause; he’ll find an argument and make it count”
“A terrific writer and an even better oral advocate”
“Goes to the heart of the matter; finds the winning points and hammers them home”
“Watching him work actually put a smile on my face”