BEHARRY, Christina L.
Counsel, Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department in Washington, D.C
She is Counsel in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on public international law, investor-State and commercial arbitration, and trade and investment policy. Ms Beharry provides advice on a broad range of international matters, including reparations, economic sanctions, maritime delimitations, jus in bello, treaty interpretation, human rights, and international environmental law. In her international arbitration practice, she has represented clients in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North America before major international arbitral fora in disputes involving various industries including mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, healthcare, telecommunications, and tobacco. Ms Beharry also provides counsel for sovereign clients on the re-negotiation of bilateral investment treaties and training seminars to government officials on the defense of foreign investment claims.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, she practiced in the Trade Law Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa. In this capacity, Ms Beharry represented the Government of Canada in investor-State disputes brought under NAFTA Chapter 11 and assisted in the negotiation of bilateral investment treaties with countries in Latin America and the Middle East. Prior to joining DFAIT, she worked at Industry Canada where she contributed to the development and drafting of new legislation on corporate governance, bankruptcy, and foreign direct investment.
Ms Beharry regularly speaks at conferences and publishes widely on international arbitration including her recent book Contemporary and Emerging Issues on the Law of Damages and Valuation in International Investment Arbitration (Brill Nijhoff, 2018). She holds law degrees from the London School of Economics, Cambridge University, and Columbia University.