Benjamin's international practice includes experience representing clients in high stakes international arbitration and litigation, as well as providing advice on issues of public international law and business and human rights.
Benjamin has represented clients in investor-state arbitration under both the ICSID and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He has particular experience representing sovereign states in those proceedings, including representing a South American state in an investment arbitration relating to the steel sector, an African state in an investment arbitration relating to the real estate sector, and a South American state in an investment arbitration relating to the mining sector. He also advises private sector clients regarding the protections available under investment treaties.
Benjamin also represents clients in international commercial arbitration under the rules of major arbitral institutions such as the ICC and LCIA. His work in this area has spanned a range of industries and geographic areas.
In addition to his arbitration practice, Benjamin has experience litigating international disputes before U.S. federal courts, including commercial disputes raising issues of foreign sovereign immunity and actions for the enforcement and recognition of international arbitral awards.
Benjamin also has experience in issues of public international law, including environmental law and human rights. He represented a Central American state in proceedings before the International Court of Justice concerning transboundary environmental harm, and has experience advising multinational corporations regarding human rights obligations and best practices, including participating in on-the-ground assessments and reviews in the manufacturing, mining, and technology sectors. Benjamin previously taught public international law as an adjunct professor at New England Law Boston.
Benjamin's experience includes a particular emphasis on Latin American matters; he is proficient in Spanish.
- The Role of Scientific and Technical Experts, in Research Handbook on International Water Law (Christina Leb & Stephen McCaffrey eds., forthcoming) (with Cicely O. Parseghian)
- Report Number 8-15(2): Framework Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt Concerning the Development of Cross-Median Line Hydrocarbons Resources, in International Maritime Boundaries (Coalter G. Lathrop, ed.) (with Christina G. Hioureas)
- Book Review: Sovereignty Disputes and Offshore Development of Oil and Gas, 36 Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 361 (2018) (with Christina G. Hioureas)
- Beyond Investment Protection: An Examination of the Potential Influence of Investment Treaties on Domestic Rule of Law, 45 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 1151 (2013)
Benjamin obtained his JD from New York University School of Law, where he was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif.
Prior to joining the firm, Benjamin was an associate at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, MA.
Benjamin is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts; he is not a member of the New York Bar.