Ms China Irwin

China Irwin

Lawyer biography

New York, 2011
English , French
International Commercial Arbitration
Investment Arbitration
Construction & Infrastructure
Energy & Mining
China Irwin joined LALIVE in 2015. Her main area of practice is international arbitration, including both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with a focus on complex disputes involving major construction projects, consortium and joint venture agreements, and issues arising in the energy and transportation sectors. She has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings under various procedural rules, including the ICC Rules, LCIA Rules, Swiss Rules, and UNCITRAL Rules.
She is a member of the editorial board of Construction Law International. She is also a member of several professional associations, including the International Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), ASA below 40.
Prior to joining LALIVE, China Irwin practiced international arbitration at an international law firm in Geneva (2011-2014).
China Irwin holds a J. D. (Juris Doctor) from the University of Virginia School of Law (2010), where she participated in a dual-degree program with the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), through which she also earned a Master in Global Business Law. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University (2007).



Model for dealing with geotechnical uncertainty: FIDIC Emerald Book for underground works
Switzerland | 29 July 2019

The 2019 Conditions of Contract for Underground Works (Emerald Book) is a new standard form specifically for underground works that is the result of a lengthy collaboration between the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association. The Emerald Book contains several features aimed at addressing geotechnical uncertainty, including geotechnical baseline reports and mechanisms to adjust the time for completion and contract price.

Employer termination of a construction contract
Switzerland | 05 November 2018

Terminating a construction contract is the last resort for employers frustrated by delays, defects or other problems. Three recent Supreme Court cases illustrate some of the pitfalls of termination for employers. In all three cases, the employers' attempt to terminate for cause was construed as termination for convenience, exposing the employers to significant liability towards the contractors, including for lost profits.