James Castello has been based in Europe for 24 of his 37 years in legal practice, focusing exclusively on commercial and investment arbitration as advocate and arbitrator. In 2009, he was a founding partner of King & Spalding’s Paris office, where he remains today. He has represented and advised clients from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia primarily in arbitrations involving energy disputes or large infrastructure and other construction projects, under a wide variety of arbitration rules. Since 2001, James has actively participated in drafting or revising all of UNCITRAL’s instruments in the field of international arbitration and mediation as a member of the United States’ delegation. He has written extensively on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, including in books published by Oxford, Kluwer, and Juris. As a member of the LCIA Court, he was one of the drafters of the 2014 LCIA Arbitration Rules, and he now serves as Deputy Chair of the LCIA’s Board of Directors. James is a co-chair of CILS’ Salzburg Symposium on International Arbitration and also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Center and as Vice Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Executive Committee. From 1995 to 2001, James left private practice to serve in senior legal positions in the Clinton administration, first as Deputy Counsel to the President at the White House and later as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department, where his portfolio included such international issues as immigration and human rights. James began his legal career with successive clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C., and as a legal assistant at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague. He holds degrees in European History, Economics and Law from Yale and the University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C., and as an avocat à la cour in Paris.