Main areas of expertise:

  • International arbitration
  • Domestic arbitration
  • Arbitration-related litigation

Education :

  • LLM, International arbitration and litigation, University College London
  • Master 2 / DJCE International Business Law, Business Law Institut, Université Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III)
  • Master 1 International and EU Law, Université Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III)

Before joining Le 16 Law, Julie worked for eight years in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and at Derains & Gharavi International.

She has acted as counsel in numerous commercial and investment arbitration proceedings conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL) and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. She also regularly represents clients in annulment, enforcement and arbitration-related proceedings before French courts.

Julie has handled arbitrations arising out of international commercial contracts, including in particular long-term gas supply contracts, energy and mining exploration and production contracts, licensing agreements, agency agreements but also arbitrations arising out of M&A disputes and investment protection under international law. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy, construction and engineering, aeronautical, armament, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and hospitality.

She has acted as sole arbitrator and administrative secretary in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings.

Julie is the author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP) and the International School of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (EIMA). She is also a member of the arbitration group at the French National Bar Council.

Julie is fluent in English and French, and is a member of the Paris bar.

She has been identified as a future leader in her field by WWL: Arbitration, which stated, “Julie stands out as ‘a very convincing advocate who gets straight to the core of any problem'”. WWL also says: Julie Spinelli is “always a pleasure to work with” say peers, one of whom comments, “Julie is one of the best French lawyers I have worked with and is highly respected.”

Publications :

  • « L’arbitrage et les petits litiges », in 3ème édition des Cahiers de l’Arbitrage du Conseil National des Barreaux (with Jean-Robin Costargent)

  • « The gathering and taking of evidence under the IBA Guidelines on party representation in international arbitration: civil and common law perspectives » (2014) 8 Dispute Resolution International 37 (with Gisele Stephens-Chu)

  • « Bilateral option clause – importance of clear and unequivocal wording », International Law Office, 2014, (with Elie Kleiman)

  • « NML v Argentina: Supreme Court tightens waiver of sovereign immunity test », International Law Office, 2013 (with Elie Kleiman)

  • « Dallah: one test, two different findings », International Law Office, 2011 (with Elie Kleiman)
  • « La réforme du droit de l’arbitrage, sous le double signe de la lisibilité et de l’efficacité », Gazette du Palais, 2011, n° 26-27, p. 9 (with Elie Kleiman)

  • « New arbitration law reform: the market’s verdict », International Law Office, 2011 (with Elie Kleiman)

  • « Long-awaited arbitration law reform finally passed », International Law Office, 2011 (with Elie Kleiman)

  • « La Haute juridiction écarte une nouvelle fois l’application de l’obligation de modérer le dommage en droit français de la responsabilité délictuelle », Gazette du Palais, 2009, No 84-85, p 10 (with Shaparak Saleh)