Aseel Barghuthi is an international lawyer with roots in public policy and economic development. She began her professional career at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Between 2006-2011, Aseel worked as a consultant and advisor to government entities, NGOs, and policymakers.
As an international arbitration lawyer, Aseel has represented States, State-owned entities, and private parties in both international commercial arbitration and investor-State arbitration across multiple sectors and under all major institutional rules. She works fluidly between common and civil law jurisdictions and has represented high-profile clients in complex cross-border disputes.
Aseel has significant experience in investor-State proceedings brought under bilateral treaties involving the Middle East and Africa, and under less common multilateral treaties such as the OIC Agreement and Arab Investment Agreement. Her experience spans all stages of the arbitration process, from advising a client on the merits of a possible claim or defense to initiating enforcement / annulment proceedings after an award has been issued.
Aseel began her international arbitration career with ALG in 2014 and rejoins the team after an interlude with big law, during which time she worked in the international arbitration group at Eversheds Sutherland International LLP in Amman and the global arbitration practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in New York.
Aseel maintains her academic interests by lecturing and speaking in international arbitration fora and is a Committee Member of The Pledge for Equal Representation in Arbitration, Middle East Sub-Committee. In addition to her role as Of Counsel with ALG, Aseel acts as international arbitrator and legal counsel in international disputes involving both public and private entities.
Aseel graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Literature and Cultural Theory as well as minor concentrations in History and Political Science. She obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the George Washington University Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Aseel speaks fluent Arabic and intermediate Spanish. She is working on her Amharic.