James H. Carter


James H. Carter is co-chair of the International Arbitration and Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Carter is a widely recognized authority on international law and dispute resolution, with 40 years of experience as arbitrator or counsel in more than 100 arbitration cases, typically involving joint ventures, international trade or investment disputes, in all leading arbitration venues worldwide. Featured in The Lawdragon 500 Leading Judges in America (2006), Mr. Carter is singled out as being “on the short list of must-have international arbitrators.”

Mr. Carter is a former Chairman of the Board of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and a former member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He has chaired or served as sole arbitrator in recent cases involving: (1) a dispute between Asian investors and an Asian government concerning development of electric power plants; (2) a dispute between US and Swiss companies arising from a metals tolling agreement; (3) a dispute between Canadian and US biopharmaceutical companies involving a license agreement for patented compounds; (4) an arbitration in Australia between Maltese and Singaporean companies involving offshore oil production; and (5) an arbitration in Hong Kong between Cayman Island and Spanish companies concerning purchase and sale of solar energy equipment.

Mr. Carter serves as counsel in arbitration proceedings and recently has represented a Japanese mining equipment company in an ICDR arbitration in New York; a Canadian gold mining company in UNCITRAL Rules arbitration with the Kyrgyz Republic in Stockholm and an investor group in arbitration with the Government of Ukraine under the Environmental Arbitration Rules of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. In addition, he has extensive experience as counsel in US litigation involving commercial, corporate, antitrust, securities and intellectual property matters.

As a bar association leader, Mr. Carter has chaired the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and served as the ABA’s Representative to the United Nations. He also has served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on International Dispute Resolution and the International Affairs Council of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Mr. Carter is a former President of the American Society of International Law, co-editor of “International Commercial Arbitration in New York,” a leading treatise on arbitration law, and an adviser to the American Law Institute’s reporters drafting the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration.

Recent Publications and Speeches

  • Co-Editor, International Commercial Arbitration in New York
  • Author, “The Perils of Cross-Examination in a Language Other Than the Language of the Proceeding,” Chapter in Take the Witness: Cross Examination in International Arbitration
  • Co-author, “The U.S. Practice of and Perspective on Advocacy,” Chapter in The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration
  • Co-founder and speaker, International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Editor, International Arbitration Review (2d ed. 2011)
  • Speaker, University of Virginia Sokol Colloquium
  • Speaker, Georgetown University Law Center

Awards and Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2011)
  • Chambers USA (2003-2011), listed as one of 8 “leading individuals” as counsel in US international arbitration practice and a “Band 1” international arbitrator (2009, 2010 & 2011)
  • Chambers Global (2000-2011)
  • The Legal 500, US Volume III (2007, 2010)
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2008-2011)
  • Euromoney’s Best of the Best (2005)
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2002, 2004, 2006)
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers (2002)
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading U.S. Litigation Lawyers (2005)
  • Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America (2009-2011)
  • The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitrators (2001)
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2002-2004, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (2001-2009)
  • Global Counsel Dispute Resolution Handbook (2002, 2005)
  • PLC Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Handbook (2006-2007, 2007-2008)
  • New York Super Lawyers (2006-2011)


  • Yale Law School, 1969, LL.B.
  • University of Cambridge, 1966, Fulbright Scholar
  • Yale University, 1965, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York