Helin Laufer specialises in international arbitration and public international law.

She has represented clients in disputes in a range of jurisdictions and sectors, with a focus on the energy and natural resources sector, and in international arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, ICC and SIAC arbitration rules.

Helin has a keen interest in climate change disputes, including environment-related investment treaty arbitrations, and environmental sustainability, regularly conducting research and working on projects in these areas. She is also the Co-Head of the Europe Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Helin trained at a leading international law firm in London, and qualified as an associate in the international arbitration and public international law team of the firm. As part of her previous employment, she also spent time on secondment to the Dispute Resolution team of BP plc in London.


English, Romanian, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese


  • King’s College London, LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution, 2016
  • King’s College London, LL.B., 2015

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England and Wales

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    • 18/05/2022
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    Investor-State Claims against Mexico: Recent Developments in the Energy and Mining Sectors

    As an update to our August 2021 client alert, this client alert provides an overview of the most recent regulatory developments in the energy and mining sectors in Mexico and their potential effect on foreign investments.

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    • 22/04/2022
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    The 2022 ICSID Arbitration Rules – A Brief Overview

    On 21 March 2022, the Member States of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) approved amendments to the ICSID Regulations and Rules, which will enter into force on 1 July 2022. These amendments include changes to the ICSID Arbitration Rules (the “Rules”), which govern the procedure to be followed in arbitrations under the 1966 Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the “ICSID Convention”). ICSID has amended its regulations and rules only four times (including the 2022 amendments) since its establishment in 1966, with the previous amendment having been introduced in 2006. The 2022 amendments follow a detailed review of the ICSID Regulations and Rules, which began in October 2016. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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