Baiju Vasani

Baiju Vasani

Barrister and Arbitrator, Twenty Essex


  • Renowned leader in international commercial arbitration.
  • On the arbitrator panels of various arbitral institutions worldwide.
  • Teaches international arbitration to postgraduates from around the world, at SOAS, University of London.
  • Moderator of OGEMID, a leading email list service with thousands of members worldwide (2009-date).
  • New York Convention Task Force for Somalia (2016-2020) Drafting Committee for the Somali Arbitration Bill (2016-2020).


Baiju Vasani is a Barrister and Arbitrator at 20 Essex, London. He is also a Senior Fellow of SOAS, University of London, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is on the arbitrator panels of various arbitral institutions worldwide, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Baiju holds four degrees in law: an LLB, LLM, BCL, and JD from King’s College London, LSE, University of Oxford, and Northwestern University School of Law respectively. He has spent the past two decades serving as advocate or arbitrator in dozens of high-value international arbitrations.

Baiju is a renowned leader in ISDS, international commercial arbitration, and public international law as both counsel and arbitrator. Before he joined the Bar in November 2022, Baiju spent 20 years in international law firm practice, including 12 as partner, leading large teams of lawyers in dozens of international arbitration disputes worth several tens of billions of dollars in aggregate.

He is often called on to lead cases involving English law or a London seat, but has equally led cases seated elsewhere involving laws ranging from those of India, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, UAE, Brazil, various US states, to Russia and the FSU, among others.

Finally, in his role as Senior Fellow of International Law at SOAS, University of London, Baiju teaches international arbitration to postgraduates from around the world. He also has an active pro bono practice using international dispute resolution techniques to further the global rule of law, and is passionate about bringing diversity into the international arbitration field.


  • Energy
  • Telecoms
  • Shareholder and JVs
  • Commercial
  • Insurance


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL: Juris Doctor (J.D.), May 2003
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London, UK: Bar Vocational Course (BVC), May 1999
  • University of Oxford – St. Peter’s College, Oxford, UK: Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), May 1998
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK: Master of Laws (LLM), May 1997
  • University of London – King’s College, London, UK: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with First Class Honours, May 1996