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George Burn is a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ International Dispute Resolution Group. He is an experienced international arbitration specialist based in the firm’s London office. He represents companies, individuals and States from across the globe in international arbitrations conducted in various cities. George’s practice as advocate covers the arbitration of Investor-State disputes and commercial disputes, and sometimes also pure public international law matters. George’s cases cover a wide range of commercial sectors and geographic locations. They often involve complex or novel issues of jurisdiction, and George has worked on various cases in which the relationship between Investor-State law and criminal law (national and international) has been at issue. He also has experience of successfully challenging INTERPOL Red Notices. As well as acting as Counsel, George regularly sits as an arbitrator, whether as Sole Arbitrator, Chair of the Tribunal or Co-Arbitrator.

Professional Memberships

LCIA, ICC UK, IBA, Investment Treaty Forum, International Arbitration Institute, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, American Bar Association


Qualified 1997.


George has written on a range of topics, including contested national boundaries and the issues for upstream oil and gas companies; the role of national courts in relation to investment treaty awards; developments in English arbitration law; the future of arbitration in India, Pakistan and Eastern Europe; and confidentiality, privilege and insolvency issues in international arbitration.