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)

Julie Spinelli enjoys a strong and recognised expertise in domestic, international and investment arbitration. She has acted as counsel in numerous domestic or international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc or institutional conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC, CMAP and UNCITRAL). 

Julie regularly acts as an arbitratorin domestic or international arbitrations.

She also represents clients in annulment, enforcement and arbitration-related court proceedings before French courts. 

Member of the Paris bar, Julie represents States as well as French and foreign companies in disputes 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, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. 

Julie started her career in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and at Derains Gharavi International, before joining Le 16 Law as a partner.

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 at the University Paul-Cezanne, Aix-Marseille III. She is also a member of the arbitration group at the French National Bar Council (CNB), a founding member of Africarb, a group of young legal professionals with a shared interest in arbitration and Africa and the co-chair of the below-40 prganisation of the French Arbitration Committee (Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA-40)).

Julie is fluent in English and French.


The Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration, reports that: 

  • Julie is “truly excellent” and is “quickly becoming one of the biggest stars of the Parisian arbitration bar” (2021);
  • Julie is “an excellent arbitrator” who is hailed by peers as “a very talented lawyer of her generation”. She is “known for the quality of her work as well as her great communications skills” (2020);
  • Julie 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’” (2019); and
  • Julie “stands out as ‘a very convincing advocate who gets straight to the core of any problem’” (2018).

The Legal 500 2020 describes her as “a bright lawyer who impresses with her ability to sum up complex ideas in very simple terms. She is truly tactical and greatly reactive. She is a good person to have at one’s own side in a difficult case.”

Julie has been identified among the “30 rising stars of the Paris bar recognized in their specialty for their talent, their commitment, their extraordinary career” in an article entitled “Business Lawyer: the next generation of 2020” published by Décideurs Juridiques magazine.

Publications :

  • Chapitre « France », in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Investor State Arbitration, ICLG 2020 (with Yann Dehaudt-Delville)
  • Chapitre « France », in Getting the Deal Through “Sovereign Immunity”, Lexology 2020 (with Yann Dehaudt-Delville)
  • Chapitre « France », in GAR Know-How Litigation, Global Arbitration Review Insight 2020, (with Jean-Luc Larribau et Anne-Claire Hans)
  • « 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)