Yas Banifatemi

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2021


Assistant: Jonathan Donais / 617-496-2054


Yas Banifatemi is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and a Lecturer in Law at University of Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), where she teaches international investment arbitration.

She is a member of Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice and heads the firm’s Public International Law practice. She also co-heads the firm’s Energy practice. She acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations, with focus on investment treaty arbitration and oil & gas matters.

Dr. Banifatemi researches in the areas of public international law and international arbitration, and has authored numerous publications in these fields. She is a vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration. She also is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, appointed by the Chairman of ICSID’s Administrative Council. Dr. Banifatemi co-founded and was co-Secretary General of the International Academy for Arbitration Law (Arbitration Academy). She is consulted as expert by institutions such as UNCITRAL and the World Bank in relation to international arbitration. She also participates in leading working groups and think tanks on international arbitration.

Yas Banifatemi has been repeatedly praised in all leading professional directories, which have described her as being a “brilliant lawyer with a sharp intellect,” “one of the best technicians in the international investment arbitration field,” and “an outstanding lawyer in every possible respect.”

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Assistant: Jonathan Donais / 617-496-2054