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Jennifer Morrison Ersin

Jennifer Morrison Ersin, a Special Partner with Jones Swanson, divides her time between New Orleans and Istanbul, Turkey. For more than a decade, Jennifer has represented private and sovereign entities in arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), American Arbitration Association (AAA), and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She advises on arbitrations in all sectors, including natural resources, agribusiness, and construction. She focuses on managing disputes arising from large-scale infrastructure projects, including many involving Turkish or Turkish-owned entities. In addition to her private practice, Jennifer serves as an instructor in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Yeditepe University Law School in Istanbul, Turkey, where she teaches courses in international commercial and investment arbitrations.

EDUCATION

  • Columbia Law School, New York, NY, 2002, J.D. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1997, B.A. in Political Theory

ADMITTED

  • New York, State Courts of New York
  • District of Columbia

AFFILIATIONS

  • International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrators Forum
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (International Section)

HONORS

  • Recognized as a “Rising Player” in International Arbitration by the Global Arbitration Review

PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

  • Speaker: Alternative Lens to Dispute Resolution Conference (Istanbul, March 2008)
  • Lecturer: Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law Istanbul Summer Program (Istanbul, June 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014)
  • Speaker: Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration Conference (Istanbul, September 2014)

REPRESENTATIVE INVESTMENT CASES

  • Kilic v. Turkmenistan:  ICSID arbitration brought under the Turkey-Turkmenistan BIT, arising from numerous contracts for the construction of municipal buildings
  • Dogan v. Turkmenistan: ICSID arbitration brought under the Turkey-Germany BIT, involving a large scale agribusiness project
  • Caratube v. Kazakhstan: ICSID arbitration brought under the U.S.-Kazakhstan BIT, arising from the termination of an oil exploration and production agreement
  • Ruby Roz v. Kazakhstan: UNCITRAL arbitration brought under the Kazakh Foreign Investment Law involving a large scale agribusiness project

REPRESENTATIVE COMMERCIAL CASES

  • Represented a Turkish contractor against its Dutch employer in an ICC arbitration arising from the construction of a shopping mall in Ankara
  • Represented the purchaser of a Turkish company in an ICC dispute with the seller of the company
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