Julie Bédard is head of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group for the Americas. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French, she practices in four languages in complex international litigation and arbitration matters.


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Ms. Bédard regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts. Trained in both civil and common law, she is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement. She represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She also is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Bédard frequently counsels management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Under the auspices of the corporate investigations practice, she has assisted with internal investigations and related corporate governance advice, including remedial measures and the implementation of corporate compliance programs.

Ms. Bédard serves as senior co-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and is a member of its task force on “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.” She also serves as program chair for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and as an affiliate member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee.

She repeatedly has been listed in Chambers USA (recognized as an “extremely talented lawyer,” 2019 edition), Chambers Global (“fair-minded and effective advocate who provides practical, strategic advice and top-notch client service,” 2019 edition), Global Arbitration Review’s International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Chambers Latin America and The Best Lawyers in America. She also has been recognized in Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Best of the Best Global 2019 and Women in Business Law 2019 Expert Guide, as well as its Best of the Best USA 2017 and 2013 for Commercial Arbitration (Top 30 Practitioners), Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2019 and Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration 45 under 45 (a “great example to all aspiring practitioners,” 2017 edition, and 2011 edition), and Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts” (2011). In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Bédard was named one of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers for Arbitration and Litigation by Latinvex magazine. Additionally, Ms. Bédard has repeatedly been named one of Latin America’s Top Female Lawyers by Latinvex (2015-19). She also was named as one of Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation and was cited in as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2019.

Ms. Bédard also received the Best in Commercial Arbitration Euromoney Women in Business Law Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. In addition, Ms. Bédard was selected by Harvard Law School as an honoree for its second annual International Women’s Day Exhibition in 2015. She was named by the World Economic Forum to the 2013 Young Global Leaders and was selected among the Inspiring Women in Law by Latin Lawyer (November 2013). She is a member of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group, which was named one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and was part of the Skadden team that was named the 2013 Law Firm of the Year: Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global.

Past and current representative clients include AEI; Argos USA; Banco Bradesco BBI S.A.; Banco BTG; Banco do Brasil Securities LLC; Banco Itau; Banco Votorantim S.A.; BB Securities Ltd.; BRF S.A.; Capgemini S.A.; Citigroup; CEMEX, SAB de CV; CF Industries, Inc.; The Clorox Company; Deutsche Bank AG; Embraer S.A.; Empresas Polar S.A.; Encana Corporation; Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S.; Exxon Mobil Corporation; First Solar, Inc.; Gerdau S.A.; HSBC Securities (USA), Inc.; Inversiones Cordillera S.A.; Itaú BBA USA Securities, Inc.; Liberty Mutual Insurance Corporation; Netshoes (Cayman) Limited; MetLife, Inc.; NextEra Energy, Inc.; NSP Maritime Link Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; SA Air France-KLM; The Travelers Companies, Inc.; Ultrapar Participaçoes S.A.; Vale S.A.; Votorantim Participações S.A.; Walmart Inc.; and The WhiteWave Foods Company.

In cases, she represented or is representing:

  • a European bank in a post-acquisition dispute involving Mexico;
  • a Brazilian internet company in a U.S. securities class action;
  • a Brazilian food company in a U.S. securities class action;
  • a U.S. energy company in investments in Argentina, Brazil, Guyana and Mexico;
  • a Canadian energy services company in connection with several construction disputes;
  • a Turkish construction company in a dispute with a sovereign;
  • a French company in a dispute concerning a Brazilian investment;
  • a Canadian energy company in a dispute concerning a Latin American investment;
  • The Republic of Argentina in New York litigation involving the expropriation of YPF S.A.;
  • an Irish company in a dispute with an airline manufacturer governed by Swiss law;
  • an Asian agriculture company in a dispute concerning a Latin American investment;
  • a Brazilian company in various potential litigation and arbitration aspects of a regulatory investigation;
  • Brazilian individuals in a post-acquisition dispute with a U.S. company;
  • a Brazilian aerospace company in a federal shareholder class action involving claims of alleged violations of federal securities law;
  • a syndicate of underwriters in Re Petrobras Securities litigation before the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, presided by Judge Jed Rakoff;
  • a Brazilian company in a dispute concerning a mining project in Brazil;
  • a Brazilian company in an internal investigation and a related U.S. litigation;
  • a Brazilian subsidiary of a U.S. company in an internal investigation under the U.S. FCPA;
  • a multinational oil drilling and services company in various disputes spanning three continents and coordinating a cohesive litigation/arbitration strategy;
  • a Chilean company in an internal investigation;
  • a Hong Kong-based shipping company in an ICDR arbitration and in obtaining a preliminary injunction in aid of arbitration;
  • a U.S. company and its Peruvian affiliate, advising on the termination of an engineering and procurement contract;
  • a U.S. company in an investigation of post-acquisition indemnification claims subject to an ICC arbitration in New York;
  • a Swiss company in the termination of a distribution agreement subject to an ICC arbitration in Paris and involving Egyptian and Swiss law;
  • a French company in a potential dispute involving a complex joint venture agreement governed by New York law;
  • a multinational oil company, advising on investment protections, in various international investments;
  • Brazilian companies, giving advice on dispute resolution mechanisms in nondisclosure agreements and share purchase agreements;
  • Brazilian, Uruguayan and U.S. companies in an ICC arbitration venued in Miami, and various litigation suits in Brazil arising from joint venture disputes;
  • a Brazilian company and its U.S. subsidiary in a Florida state court litigation in connection with a dispute involving 12 Latin American defendants;
  • Chilean companies in a post-acquisition dispute arbitrated under ICC rules in New York;
  • a Barbadian entity in connection with the 2010 expropriation of a group of fertilizer companies based in Venezuela in which the Barbadian entity held a 10 percent ownership stake;
  • a Canadian company in an ICDR arbitration against a U.S. company concerning a supply agreement;
  • a U.S. company, providing arbitration advice in connection with the potential acquisition of a Brazilian company;
  • a Brazilian company, advising on potential litigation against a U.S. company to attach assets and enforce a judgment against its Brazilian subsidiary;
  • a Brazilian company, advising on a prospective ICDR arbitration against a Brazilian company arising out of a share purchase agreement;
  • a U.S. company in an ICDR arbitration against a Cyprus company concerning licensing of products in the People’s Republic of China, litigation proceedings to vacate a partial award in the U.S. and related litigation in Hong Kong;
  • a limited partner in a Delaware partnership in an ICDR arbitration venued in New York, including defending against a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction sought by the respondent general partner to prevent his removal;
  • a Delaware investor in a Mauritius real estate fund in connection with the removal of the fund management company;
  • a U.S. company seeking to protect a large investment in Venezuela against expropriation;
  • Spanish and Netherlands companies faced with the nationalization of their Venezuelan subsidiary;
  • a U.S. company seeking to prevent an asset seizure under federal maritime law;
  • a Mexican company’s subsidiary experiencing discriminatory and unfair treatment in Colombia;
  • a former chief executive officer in a securities class action involving a restatement of financial statements;
  • a Brazilian company seeking injunctive relief in aid of an ICC arbitration venued in New York;
  • a Korean company against the enforcement in Korea of a Singapore award in favor of a German company;
  • a Swiss company and its Asian subsidiary seeking to hire employees in compliance with applicable noncompete covenants;
  • a U.S. pharmaceutical company in an international arbitration against a Canadian manufacturer governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods;
  • a Canadian company in connection with prospective indemnification litigation against a U.S. company in New York;
  • a Swiss company in a Barbados litigation against a Barbados company involving a dispute arising under a swap agreement;
  • a Luxembourg company facing a hostile takeover by an Indian company;
  • a Singapore company in an ICC arbitration involving a shareholders’ dispute venued in London against the Cayman subsidiary of a Hong Kong private equity investor;
  • a U.S. company in an ICC arbitration involving a post-acquisition dispute with a French company subject to an ICC arbitration in London and governed by New York law;
  • a Brazilian company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a shareholders dispute with a Venezuelan company;
  • a U.S. company, advising on grounds for vacating an ICC award and opposing enforcement of the award;
  • a Peruvian company, providing arbitration advice in connection with a power plant project in Peru;
  • a U.S. company, advising on the consolidation of arbitrations and the enforcement of arbitral awards;
  • a U.S. company, advising on a prospective ICC arbitration to resolve a shareholders dispute with a Brazilian company;
  • a Singapore investor, in proceedings against a Southeast Asian government involving claims under the ICSID Convention, the ASEAN Investment Agreement and public international law;
  • a Chilean company in an arbitration under the AAA International Arbitration Rules against a Thai company concerning sale of goods; and
  • an Argentine company in an ICC arbitration arising out of an acquisition dispute with a Brazilian company.

Ms. Bédard also regularly acts as arbitrator in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French language cases. Among other cases, she has acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a distribution agreement involving a U.S. company and a Peruvian company, and she was appointed in another ICC arbitration involving a manufacturing contract dispute between a U.S. company and a Chinese company. She also was appointed in LCIA arbitrations and as a sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving development agreements between a U.S. company and a Spanish company. She chaired an ICC arbitration governed by Romanian law and venued in Bucharest.

Prior to joining Skadden, she practiced as a litigator in Québec, Canada (1996-1998), served as law clerk on the Supreme Court of Canada (1998-1999) and taught LL.M. students at Columbia University (1999-2001). In 2001, she worked at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and at the Secretariat of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Bédard is a frequent lecturer and author on international litigation and arbitration issues.

Recent Lectures

  • Second World Meeting of the Societies of International Law, “Plenary Round Table De-Humanization of International Law?, Human Beings, a Fundamental Value of International Law,” Amsterdam (September 2019);
  • V Rio de Janeiro Conference on International Arbitration, “Compliance and Due Process: Transparency, Bifurcation, Efficiency, ‘Class Action,’ Third-Party Funding (Duty to Inform),” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 2019);
  • Skadden’s 23rd Annual Energy & Infrastructure Projects Conference, “ Latest Developments in Investment Treaty Protection,” Washington, D.C. (May 2019);
  • 5th Annual GAR Live BITs, “The GAR Live Debate,” Washington D.C., (May 2019);
  • Columbia Arbitration Day 2019 Program, 10 Years of CAD: New Ideas, New Concerns, “Energy Arbitration in Latin America: Challenges and Trends,” Columbia Law School, New York (March 2019);
  • ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration, “Trendlines in Energy Disputes - What is Next?” Houston, Texas (January 2019);
  • 35th ICSID/AAA/ICC Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, “Assessing the Ethical Conduct of Counsel in International Arbitration,” New York, New York (December 2018); 
  • ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, “Updates from Around the World,” Ottawa, Canada (November 2018);
  • IBA/ICC Conference on New Frontiers Of ADR: From Commercial and Investment Matters to Regulatory Violations, “The Growing Success and the New Challenges of International Mediation: Comparing North and South Americas,” Montréal, Canada (November 2018);
  • ICC Institute Advanced Seminar: Amicable Settlement of Disputes in International Arbitration – Party Expectations and Arbitrators’ Techniques, “Should Arbitrators Act as Settlement Facilitators?” Miami, Florida (November 2018);
  • Women in Arbitration Event, “Three Years After the Pledge: Where Are We?” Lima, Peru (October 2018);
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, “Arbitration and Bribery,” Rome, Italy (October 2018);
  • International Law Association, American Branch International Law Weekend, “Is Investment Arbitration Under Fire?” New York (October 2018);
  • UNCITRAL and ICC Event to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention, “Developments and Contribution to SDGs – Coordination and Cooperation,” United Nations, New York (June 2018);
  • Conferencia de la ICC en Perú “Protegiendo la integridad del arbitraje,” panel on “La motivación de laudos y la obligación de dictar un laudo ejecutable,” Cuzco, Peru (May 2018);
  • IBA Arbitration Day, “Closing Remarks,” Buenos Aires, Argentina (February 2018);
  • AMCHAM (INOVARB) Roundtable, “Do’s and Don’ts in Arbitration,” São Paulo, Brazil (February 2018);
  • ICC Miami Conference, “Potential Reforms to Commercial Arbitration,” Miami (November 2017);
  • ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, “New Developments in International Arbitration: Tour d’horizon,” Montreal, Canada (November 2017);
  • Panel on “NAFTA dialogue,” AMEXHI Conference, Mexico City (May 2017); 
  • Breakfast Roundtable, “Arbitration Under the Financial Perspective,” Sao Paulo, Brazil (May 2017);
  • ICC Brazilian Arbitration Day, “Roundtable on Brazilian Arbitration and ADR updates: Case Law,” São Paulo, Brazil (May 2017);
  • NYIAC Discussion, “Fraud? Collusion? Improper Payments? Dealing with Corruption Issues in International Arbitration,” New York (April 2017);
  • Speaker, ABA Audio Roundtable - Hot Topics in International Disputes: Trade Issues and Expropriation Risk (April 2017);
  • “Burden of Proof and Production of Documents: Redfern Schedules, Adverse Inferences, Privilege Issues: Is This System Really Working?” IBA International Arbitration Day, Milan, Italy (March 2017);
  • Keynote Speaker, “Tenth Annual ICDR Practice Moot and Lecture Series,” New York (March 2017); 
  • “The Arbitration in Comparative Law and Potential Adaptations to Brazilian Law - Foreign Law (United States - Class Arbitration),” 20th Anniversary of the Brazilian Arbitration Law, Sao Paulo, Brazil (November 2016);
  • “Ejecución de decisiones arbitrales,” (Enforcement of Arbitration Awards), Evento ICC Chile, Santiago, Chile (October 2016);
  • Co-Chair, 5th Annual GAR Live New York Conference, New York (September 2016);
  • “ICC Institutional Reform: Too Far or Not Far Enough?” 11th Annual ICC New York Conference, New York (September 2016);
  • “Appointment as an Arbitrator,” ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America 2016-2018, São Paulo (August 2016);
  • “Roundtable on ‘Access to Justice,’” Arbitration and Rule of Law in Times of Change in Latin America (August 2016);
  • “Recent Experiences in Latin America and Beyond: Case-law, Legislation and Practices,” 13th ICC Latin American Arbitration Group Meeting (August 2016);
  • “La ley aplicable a la validez del pacto arbitral y la extensión a no signatarios,” IV Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje Del Comité Colombiano De Arbitraje, Bogotá, Colombia (June 2016);
  • “Soft Law and Evidence in International Arbitration,” XII Conferência Internacional de Arbitragem do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 2016); and
  • “So-Called Guerrilla Tactics and Their Use In International Arbitration,” 4th Annual GAR Live Brazil, Brazil (March 2016).

For a complete list of Ms. Bédard's lectures and publications, click here.



  • J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2006
  • LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 2001
  • LL.B., McGill University Faculty of Law (common law), 1996
  • B.C.L., McGill University Faculty of Law, 1996


  • Foreign Consultant admitted by the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil (Brazilian Bar), São Paulo section, 2015
  • New York, 2002
  • Quebec, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2004


  • Practitioner Group – UNCITRAL Working Group III 
  • World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013)
  • International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee (Co-Chair), Task Force on Counsel Conduct in International Arbitration (Former Chair), Sub-Committee on Conflicts of Interest (Former Member), UNCITRAL Working Group (Former Member)
  • Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada, Arbitrator
  • The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
  • International Bar Association, Litigation Committee
  • Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration CIESP/FIESP (Arbitrator)
  • LCIA, North American Users Council (Former U.S. Member)
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Arbitration Committee
  • ICC Task Force on Reducing Time and Costs in Arbitration (Former Member)
  • ICC Task Force on Criminal Law and Arbitration (Former Member)
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Law Association, American Branch
  • CPR International Committee on Arbitration
  • CPR Awards Judge (2009-2011)
  • Canadian Arbitration Congress
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Arbitration (2003-2005)
  • Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (Member)
  • Arbitral Women
  • Young Arbitrators Forum, Steering Committee
  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, Board of Directors


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Comprehension of Italian and Romanian

Julie Bédard

Partner, International Litigation and Arbitration; Latin America