James Hosking has 20 years of experience in international dispute resolution. Prior to co-founding New York litigation/arbitration boutique Chaffetz Lindsey in 2009, he was a partner with Clifford Chance in New York, and previously practiced in New Zealand.
James has handled arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, ICSID, SIAC, CRCICA and WIPO, as well as the UNCITRAL Rules. His current cases involve disputes concerning construction/infrastructure projects, corporate acquisitions, energy/power projects, pharmaceuticals, distribution agreements, mining ventures and investment treaties. In addition, James regularly sits as an arbitrator and has experience as a sole arbitrator, chairperson, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator.
Since moving to New York, much of James’s practice has focused on Latin America-related disputes. He is currently handling matters involving Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Venezuela. He has a special interest in Asia-Latin America disputes.
James is also a litigator, having appeared in all levels of the courts in New York state as well as in federal court. Much of his litigation practice focuses on cross-border transactions, judgment/award enforcement and sovereign disputes.
James regularly writes and speaks on international arbitration, including co-authoring “Arbitration in the United States” in World Arbitration Reporter (Juris, 2013) and A Guide to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules (OUP, 2011). He is a member of the New York City Bar committee on arbitration, the International Arbitration Club of New York, and the American Society of International Law. He is currently on the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitration Proceedings and was on the committee that produced the 2014 revised ICDR International Arbitration Rules. He was previously New Zealand’s delegate at the UNCITRAL Working Group on arbitration and was co-chair of the ICDR’s young practitioners’ group.
James’s expertise has been recognized in Who’s Who of International Commercial Arbitration, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 Latin America, and PLC Which Lawyer. In 2011, he was selected in Global Arbitration Review’s ranking of the “top 45 under 45” arbitration lawyers worldwide. Chaffetz Lindsey is recognized as a leading arbitration practice in several guides, including in Global Arbitration Review’s annual ranking of best 100 firms, in which it was also named "small firm of the year” in 2011.
James earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2000; he attended the University of Auckland from 1990-1994, receiving a B.A./LL.B. (Hons). He speaks English and German and has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish. He is admitted in New York and New Zealand.