Construction Attorneys

Jean-Pierre N. Harb - Partner

Jean-Pierre Harb has been practicing for more than 20 years in the areas of international commercial arbitration and construction law. He routinely represents clients in pre-arbitration phases (including Dispute Adjudication Boards [DABs] and mediations) and acts as lead counsel or co-counsel in ad hoc and institutional international arbitration proceedings (ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, AAA, SCC, OHADA, CRCICA, DIAC, Swiss Chambers). He also regularly acts as chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator in such proceedings. Jean-Pierre has been nominated to the panels of several arbitration institutions and has significant experience working in jurisdictions beyond France, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

Jean-Pierre conducts arbitration in the fields of civil construction, engineering, procurement, oil and gas projects, aviation, hotel management, development projects, shareholders and joint venture disputes, distribution, and service agreements.

Jean-Pierre is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and of various arbitration institutions.

He has been recognized by Chambers Global, Legal 500, and Who's Who Legal: Arbitration and Who's Who Legal: Arbitration — Future Leaders.

Related Experience
Jones Day is representing a major European oil company in a USD 1.5 billion ICC arbitration with an EPC contractor concerning delays and additional work in the turnkey construction of an oil and gas extraction and processing plant in North Africa.
A construction company represented by Jones Day successfully settled a dispute over claims for payment of variation orders and escalation rates in connection with commissioning and procurement work on the Kashagan offshore oil field in the North Caspian sea.
Jones Day represented an investor in an ICC arbitration brought by Swedish and Mauritian investors in connection with the funding and construction of a coal power plant in Senegal.
Jones Day advised a Korean EPC contractor and successfully settled the dispute relating to two major polypropylene projects in Saudi Arabia.
Representing a consortium of construction companies in CRCICA arbitration in Egypt, governed by Egyptian law, in relation to claims for variation and extension of time on a landmark project in Egypt. The project was developed on a 850,000 m² land and comprises: three international hotels (Intercontinental, Le Meridien, and Holiday Inn), a shopping and entertainment mall, a medical center, residential towers office towers, and an international exhibition center.
Acting for a real estate developer and a contractor in ICC arbitration in Geneva, governed by Qatari law, brought by an investor in relation to the construction and delivery of real estate properties in the Pearl Project in Doha, Qatar.
Acting for a major construction company in ICC arbitration brought by subcontractor in relation to additional works performed on a gas pipeline in Qatar.
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  • New York University (LL.M. 2001); University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (DESS 1997); University of Paris II-Panthéon Assas (DEA 1997); St. Joseph University of Beirut (Law Degree 1996)
Bar Admissions
  • Paris
Honors & Distinctions
  • Chambers Global:

    "very strong" and impresses sources with his expertise and experience concerning disputes in the Middle East, particularly in the construction, infrastructure, and energy sectors (2017)

    "very attentive to the needs of the client; he can quickly provide a thorough, in-depth analysis" (2016)

    "serious, knowledgeable and detail-oriented, and takes the time to understand the matter" (2015)

    The Legal 500:

    "excellent arbitration management abilities and strong construction expertise" (2015)