Senior Associate Attorney, Public International Law and Arbitration, at Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Christina Hioureas is a lawyer specialized in Public International Law and International Arbitration, which includes the resolution of disputes between State Sovereigns, private entities, and individuals. These matters include: investment treaty / World Bank arbitration disputes; international commercial arbitration disputes; international human rights claims; law of the sea and State boundary delimitation; treaty drafting and interpretation; and energy law (oil and gas). Christina has particular experience in litigating and arbitrating disputes involving Southern Europe (including Greece), the Balkans, North Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She has represented parties, given lectures. and advised on energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as issues concerning Greek-Turkish relations with respect to the development of the Southern Gas Corridor. She studied Political Science as well as Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Berkeley, where she subsequently completed her Juris Doctorate. Christina is qualified to practice in California, New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Senior Courts England and Wales. Christina is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and has served as a Delegate to the United Nations Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea on behalf of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and Co-Chair of the ASIL International Dispute Resolution group. With respect to her work in the field of international human rights litigation, Christina received the "Partner in Justice Award" from the Center for Justice & Accountability for her victory in the case Ahmed v. Magan, which resulted in the first judgment to hold a member of the Somali National Security Service accountable for human rights violations that occurred during the country's brutal dictatorship. The case has received international attention, having been featured in the Washington Post among other publications. In addition to her legal practice and teaching, she is also active in the community, serving on the Advisory Board of the non-profit Project Hellenic Hope, which works to help children living in poverty in Greece due to the economic crisis. Christina is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NGO Greece Debt Free, which aims to reduce Greek debt through charitable purchase and cancellation of Greek bonds. Mark Beckett, Global Department Head of International Arbitration and Public International Law at Chadbourne & Parke, said, "We are privileged to have Christina as a member of our group. She is a superb advocate who brings her considerable intellectual, strategic, and persuasive powers to bear on behalf of her client, whether that client is a corporation, an individual, or a state. Christina is a commanding presence before tribunals. She displays a preternatural mastery of the facts and the law, makes her case eloquently and memorably, and leaves no stone unturned in her representations. She is trusted by judges and arbitrators and inspires confidence and loyalty in clients." Ambassador Andreas Jacovides, former Cypriot ambassador to the US and the United Nations who also serves as an arbitrator, describes her as a "tremendously talented lawyer". He added, "She possesses excellent technical legal skills, thinks creatively, and is dedicated to her work. This, together with her charm and diplomatic qualities, makes her the complete package, uniquely qualified as a specialized public international law lawyer." Maria Telalian, Head of the Legal Department of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers additional praise: "I have come to know Ms. Hioureas through our collaboration at the United Nations. I can say without hesitation that she is truly an exceptional advisor and individual. In her field of work, she is very knowledgeable, thorough and effective as an advocate. She is a dedicated and talented colleague with a sincere interest in her field and a great capacity for positive contributions in this regard." Finally, Governor George Pataki, former Governor of New York and currently Hioureas' colleague at Chadbourne & Parke, states, "From the beginning of our working together, it became apparent to me that Christina has a deep-seated passion and respect for the law and its application to dispute resolutions around the globe. She is one of the few attorneys, worldwide, with such a depth of knowledge of international law as it affects sovereign states. Christina is a valued and respected member of the Chadbourne firm. She stands out among her peers as a lawyer who is proactive and judicious."