Paula Henin

Associate, Los Angeles

Biography

Overview

Paula Henin is an associate in the Firm's Los Angeles office, and a member of the Firm's Global Technology Industry Group.

Her practice focuses on representing multinational technology, social media and online gaming clients in international disputes, and advising them on global legislative and regulatory developments affecting their businesses and products. She manages matters across the globe, with a particular focus on regulatory disputes and strategic compliance advice in EMEA and APAC. Her matters touch on cutting-edge legal issues implicating freedom of expression and information, content regulation, intermediary liability, censorship laws, defamation, data privacy, cybersecurity, law enforcement assistance, business & human rights, and consumer protection.

Paula also has extensive experience representing corporate and sovereign clients in international commercial and investor-State arbitration, and advising them on international investment structuring, dispute management strategy, and various issues of public international law. This background allows her to provide holistic strategic advice to her clients, including in the most challenging situations, taking into account the availability of both domestic and international legal protections.

Prior to joining White & Case, Paula was an associate in the international arbitration groups of two other global law firms in New York and London. In 2014-2015, she served as a law clerk for independent international arbitrator Judge Charles N. Brower in The Hague, Netherlands. Prior to that, Paula worked at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, in the in-house legal department of a global media and information company in New York, and at two law firms in Paris.

Paula serves on the Peer Review Board of the ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal, and is a Senior Advisor and Immediate Past Co-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law's International Courts & Judicial Affairs Committee. She regularly publishes and speaks on issues of international law and international dispute resolution, and maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on asylum, immigration, clemency, human rights and international environmental law.

Bars and Courts
California State Bar
England & Wales (Solicitor)
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
Education
JD
US Law
Columbia Law School
Master 2
International Business & Trade Law
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Master 1
French Law and International Law
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Licence
French Law
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
BS
International Relations & History
London School of Economics and Political Science
Languages
English
French
Spanish

Experience

International litigation for Facebook
Core member of a team that handles international civil and regulatory litigation for Facebook worldwide, including cutting-edge cases implicating issues of intermediary liability, censorship laws, defamation, data privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection.

Global regulatory advice and product counseling for technology clients
Advise multinational technology, social media and online gaming clients regarding global legislative and regulatory developments affecting their businesses and products, as well as product changes and launches in jurisdictions across the world.

International arbitration
Represent corporate and sovereign clients in high-stake international commercial and investor-State disputes across various jurisdictions and industries (including technology, media & telecommunications, mining, oil & gas, renewable energy, construction, and the financial sector).

Public international law advisory
Advise clients on issues of public international law, business & human rights and sustainability (including treaty law, the law of the sea, international environmental law, climate change law, State responsibility and boundary disputes).

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution," New York Law School Symposium on ADR and Diversity, New York, NY (Jan. 2020)

Panelist, "Women in International Arbitration," NYU School of Law, New York, NY (Nov. 2019)

Chair and Moderator, "Chinese Investments in Latin America in the Belt and Road Era," New York, NY (Sep. 2019)

Panelist, "Litigating Climate Change: New Legal Challenges," ASIL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (Mar. 2019)

Panelist, "Hot Topics in International Arbitration in 2018," Young ITA/CIArb Young Talk, Paris, France (Dec. 2018)

Presenter, "Team Innovate's Winning Submission in the Stockholm Treaty Lab," 13th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference, New York, NY (Sep. 2018) 

Presenter, "ISDS Reform: Separating Hype From Reality," Dispute Resolution Interest Group Business Meeting, ASIL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (Apr. 2018)

Panelist, "Be Careful What You Ask For: Can Recent Changes to BIT Models Satisfy ISDS Skeptics and Opponents?," Annual Juris Conference, Washington, DC (Mar. 2018) 

Chair and Speaker, "Investment Dispute Settlement in the Americas – Hot Topics and Recent Developments," ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Miami, FL (Oct. 2017)

Moderator and Chair, "Climate Change Arbitration: The Key to Climate Justice for All After the Paris Agreement?," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC (Apr. 2017)

Publications

Right to Maintain the Status Quo, Jus Mundi (last updated 2021)

Adjudicating States' International Climate Change Obligations Before International Courts and Tribunals, 113 Proceedings of the ASIL Annual Meeting 201 (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

A New Generation of International Investment Agreements: The Promise of a Bright New World Meets the Law of Unintended Consequences, in 12 Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law (Juris Publishing, 2019)

Innovating International Investment Agreements: A Proposed Green Investment Protocol for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, 36(1) J. Int'l Arb. 37 (Special Issue) (2019) (with J. Howley, A. Keene & N. Peart)

In Pari Materia Interpretation in Treaty Law, in Between the Lines of the Vienna Convention? Canons and Other Principles of Interpretation in Public International Law (J. Klingler, Y. Parkhomenko, C. Salonidis (eds.), Wolters Kluwer, 2019)

Evidentiary Inferences: Do Choice of Law and Seat Make a Difference?, in Jurisdiction, Admissibility and Choice of Law in International Arbitration: Liber Amicorum Michael Pryles (N. Kaplan & M. Moser (eds.), Wolters Kluwer, 2018) (with K. Nairn and T.G. Nelson)

Enforcing New York Convention Awards in the United States: Chapter 2 of the FAA, in International Arbitration in the United States (L. Shore et al. (eds.), Wolters Kluwer, 2017) (with R.I. Digón)

Recent Developments in the Law and Practice of ICSID Arbitration, in Financier Worldwide: Business Resource Series 2016: Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (2016) (with S. Lekakis)

Res Judicata, in Building International Investment Law: The First Fifty Years of ICSID (M. Kinnear et al. (eds.), Wolters Kluwer, 2015) (with C.N. Brower)

Regular contributor on The International Court of Justice in the ABA Section of International Law's yearly publication, The Year in Review: International Courts & Judicial Affairs (2020, 2019, 2017 editions)