Paul Cohen is among the world’s foremost international arbitration practitioners. He is also well- known for his international anti-bribery and fraud work. Paul heads the international group at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers. He is called to the Bars of New York and England and Wales. Paul practiced for many years with the late Arthur Marriott QC, one of the founding fathers of modern international arbitration. Paul got his start in international law working at the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. A former speechwriter on the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign, Paul later worked on high-profile international cases with the late Ted Sorensen, John F Kennedy’s legendary speechwriter and counsel.
Paul is particularly well known for his work in the energy, financial, and technology sectors. He has appeared in commercial disputes involving all the major arbitral institutions, as well as inad 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 one of the world’s authorities on the topic of bribery in international investigations and disputes. He is the co-author ofInternational Corruption (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd ed 2018), the first 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.
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
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.
Harvard University Post-doctoral research fellow. Oxford University 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”
“Utterly original” “Watching him work actually put a smile on my face”