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Julie Spinelli is at Partner at Le 16 Law and a member of the Paris Bar since 2009. She enjoys a strong and recognised expertise in international arbitration.

She acts as counsel in domestic or international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc or institutional (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC, CMAP and UNCITRAL), for States as well as French and foreign companies in disputes in the sectors of energy, construction and engineering, aeronautical, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and hospitality.

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

Julie regularly acts as an arbitrator.


Prior to joining Le 16 Law as a Partner in 2018, she worked for over ten years in the international arbitration groups of leading law firms in Paris.

Professional Memberships

• Co-chair of the below-40 organisation of the French Arbitration Committee (Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA-40))

• Founding member of Africarb, a group of young legal professionals with a shared interest in arbitration and Africa

• Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, Delegate of ICC France

• Member of the International Law Association (ILA), ASA, ICCA

• Former member of the arbitration group at the French National Bar Council (CNB)

• Visiting lecturer at the Centre for Mediation and Arbitration of Paris (CMAP)


• (Yet to be published) Chapter “France”, in Arbitration Handbook 2023 (Global Legal Post), edited by Three Crowns

• (Yet to be published) L’influence des travaux de l’Association de droit international (International Law Association) sur la pratique de l’arbitrage international, in the ILA 2023 150-year anniversary of the ILA White book

• CEPANI Newsletter, Stories from a Young Arbitrator: “Walking on thin ice when addressing corruption as an arbitrator

• Chapter “France”, in Getting the Deal Through “Sovereign Immunity”, Lexology 2020, 2021 and 2022 (with Yann Dehaudt-Delville): https://www.lexology.com/gtdt/workareas/sovereign-immunity

• “‘Avant l’heure, ce n’est pas l’heure ; après l’heure, ce n’est plus l’heure’ ou de l’effectivité du second alinéa de l’article 1526 du Code de procédure civile”, CAPJIA 2020-4, co-authored with Yann Dehaudt-Delville (to be published)

• Chapter “France”, in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Investor State Arbitration, ICLG 2020 and 2021 (with Yann Dehaudt-Delville): https://iclg.com/practice-areas/investor-state-arbitration-laws-and-regulations/france

• Chapter “France”, in GAR Know-How Litigation, Global Arbitration Review Insight 2020, 2021 and 2022, (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)

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