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Alexandra A.K. Meise

Of Counsel - washington, dc

Experience

Legal Expertise

Alexandra (Xander) Meise represents and advises sovereign governments and private entities in the prevention and resolution of international public and private law disputes, especially those grounded in alleged treaty-breaches and international investment claims. In addition, she has advised governments and multinational corporations on best practices for adhering to international human rights norms and social responsibility standards, and has counseled governments on investment and sustainable development-related legal reforms. This work has included representing parties before US federal courts, the International Court of Justice, and international arbitration panels, as well as in negotiations between sovereign States and/or with international organizations, NGOs, and private entities.

An experienced educator, Xander has trained government officials, practitioners, business leaders, students, and civil society leaders on a host of subjects related to public international law and international humanitarian law, international arbitration, and human rights. She also lectures on matters of international security and human rights, especially the international law implications of government security actions. Xander incorporates into her practice her prior experience working for an international political development organization, the US State Department, and international criminal tribunals in countries such as Yemen, Cambodia, East Timor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Spain, and Switzerland.

Representative Matters

international disputes

  • Somalia v. Kenya. Represented Somalia in International Court of Justice dispute relating to the delimitation of the Parties’ maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean. (Pending)
  • Louis Dreyfus Armateurs SAS v. Republic of India. Represented India in a UNCITRAL Arbitration under the India–France bilateral investment treaty arising from a contract concerning the supply and operation of cargo handling equipment. (Pending)
  • Valores Mundiales, S.L. and Consorcio Andino, S.L. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Counsel to Venezuela in this ICSID case involving a dispute over an agricultural product investment. (Pending)
  • Murphy Exploration & Production Company-International v. The Republic of Ecuador. Counsel to Ecuador in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Ecuador–US bilateral investment treaty arising from changes in domestic legislation pertaining to the exploitation of oil resources in Ecuador.
  • Nova Scotia Power Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela against a Canadian energy company in ICSID Additional Facility arbitral proceedings under the Canada–Venezuela bilateral investment treaty arising out of a coal supply contract. Won dismissal of all claims for lack of jurisdiction.
  • Represented a Latin American government against a Canadian gold mining company in ICSID Additional Facility arbitral proceedings with $10 billion in claims arising out of disputes over gold mining concessions and environmental rights.
  • Represented a Latin American government in two ICSID arbitral proceedings under the Luxembourg and Portugal–Venezuela bilateral investment treaties arising from measures allegedly affecting claimants’ investment in the country’s steel industry.
  • Represented an Asian government in a US$425 million arbitration before ICSID and a related US$565 million arbitration under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce arising from a dispute over an international airport terminal concession. 

sovereign domestic litigation

  • Successfully defended a Latin American sovereign in appeal of federal civil suit  brought by an American citizen on grounds of violation of international human rights treaties, the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), and the Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Suit dismissal was upheld and client was awarded costs.
  • Successfully represented a Middle Eastern sovereign in 26 simultaneous terrorism civil actions (including US federal proceedings involving billions of dollars in commercial and tort claims, the Act of State Doctrine, the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the ATCA, and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA)), resulting in the execution of an historic claims-settlement executive agreement with the United States.
  • Successfully represented US subsidiaries of a sovereign national oil company in an appeal of the dismissal of an antitrust class-action lawsuit before the Fifth Circuit.

government advising & corporate social responsibility

  • Advised multinational corporations on risk-management issues associated with their work in post-conflict, transitional regions.
  • Counseled international actors on the applicability of international CSR-related principles and standards, including the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Voluntary Principles of Security and Human Rights, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule, the UK Modern Slavery Act, the US Alien Tort Statute, and the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • Advised an international humanitarian organization on legal, law-enforcement, and diplomatic mechanisms available to combat human trafficking in particular Caribbean and South American countries.
  • Advised government on emergency-response measures to take in the wake of natural disasters.
  • Advised governments on policy and legal reforms to promote investment and economic development in developing and rural markets.
  • Advised foreign government on best practices in cybersecurity and secure communications.

additional matters

  • Advised “No Exceptions,” an initiative of the Truman National Security Project seeking gender parity in selection for combat service in the US military. 
  • Advised the Supreme Court of the Republic of Zambia on its new Research Advocate (i.e., law clerk) program, personally training its first class of Advocates in judicial opinion writing, legal research and writing, judicial ethics, and professionalism in chambers.
  • Represented US inmate through Clemency Project 2014 in his petition for commutation.
  • Represented asylum seekers in proceedings before US Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (a joint center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute at Columbia University): Fellow (Nov. 2016present)
  • Kigali Center for International Arbitration: Member of the Roster of International Arbitration (2016-present)
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL): Co-chair, New Professionals Interest Group (20102013); Member (2007present)
  • American Bar Association: International Law Section Member; Africa Committee Member; Middle East Committee Member (2007present)
  • Arbitral Women: Member (2015present)
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association: DC Regional Coordinator (2015-present); President (20132015); Vice President (20092013)
  • International Council on Commercial Arbitration (ICCA): Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association: International Law Section Member
  • Truman National Security Project: Political Partner (2015present)

Other Career Experience

Adjunct Professor of Law (International Human Rights Law) at Georgetown University Law Center Fall 2016 – present

Adjunct Professor of Law (International Arbitration) at Vermont Law School Fall 2011

Associate at White & Case LLP, International Arbitration and Litigation Group 2007 – 2010

Lawyer Volunteer at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal 2010

Legal Intern, Serious Crimes Unit, Office of the Prosecutor General of East Timor UN Mission in East Timor 2004

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs                                               

Election Specialist on Middle East & North Africa Team (MENA) (Sana’a, Yemen) 2006

Senior Program Assistant on Central & Eastern Europe Team (CEE) (Washington, DC) 2002 – 2004

United States Department of State

Intern, Economic and Political Affairs Sections, US Embassy (Skopje, Macedonia) 2000

Intern, Political Affairs Section, US Mission (Geneva, Switzerland) 1999

Intern, Consular Affairs Section, US Embassy (Madrid, Spain) 1999

Headlines

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court of New Hampshire
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Jeffrey R. Howard of the US First Circuit Court of Appeals 2010 – 2011

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2007

Columbia University: School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A., 2007

Middlebury Language Schools, Middlebury College Arabic School, 2003

Fulbright Fellowship, National Academy of Art (Academia e Arteve), University of Tiranë, 2002

Dartmouth College, B.A., 2001, with honors

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