Grant Hanessian is an independent arbitrator in New York, specializing in international commercial and investor-state disputes.
For more than three decades, Mr Hanessian has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a wide range of commercial and investment disputes arising under the laws of many common and civil law countries and public international law. Prior to July 2020, he was a partner at Baker McKenzie, where he practiced for 33 years, and served as global co-head of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice and head of its International Arbitration Practice in North America and New York office Litigation Department.
Mr Hanessian was the U.S. member on the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration in Paris from 2015 to 2021 and chair of the Arbitration Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (U.S. national committee of the ICC) from 2015 to 2020; he is a member of the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration and its Task Forces on Arbitration Involving States or State Entities and on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (leader of Investment Arbitration and Banking & Finance work stream).
He is also a member of the American Arbitration Association–International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s International Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on Brazil, Vice President (for U.S.) of the London Court of Arbitration’s North American Users’ Council, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s User’s Council, the International Arbitration Club of New York, the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on International Commercial Disputes, Club Español del Arbitraje, and the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E.) Arbitration Rules Drafting Committee and is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and founding board member of the New York International Arbitration Center.
Mr Hanessian is editor of ICDR Awards and Commentaries Vol. I (Juris Pub. 2012) and Vol. II (forthcoming Juris Pub. 2021) and co-editor of International Arbitration Checklists (Juris Pub., 3rd ed., 2016), Gulf War Claims Reporter (ILI/Kluwer, 1998), Baker & McKenzie’s International Litigation & Arbitration Newsletter (2010-2020) and Baker & McKenzie’s International Arbitration Yearbook (2009-2019), and has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on international dispute topics.
Mr Hanessian is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches the International Commercial Arbitration and LL.M. International Arbitration Practicum courses. He is a frequent speaker at arbitration conferences around the world.
Mr Hanessian is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He received an LL.M. degree in International Law from Columbia University, a J.D. degree from New York University and a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.