Irina Paliashvili

Dr. Irina Paliashvili began her private practice by co-founding one of the first private law firms in Ukraine and expanded by founding the Washington-based RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, where she serves as the Managing Partner.

Irina holds Ph.D. in Private International Law from Kyiv State University School of International Law and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University. She is licensed to practice Ukrainian law as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia and is a member of the Kyiv Bar. She frequently speaks at international conferences and publishes on the legal and business climates in Ukraine and serves as the Chair of the Legal Committee of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, a member of the Advisory Board of the IBA’s Section on Public and Professional Interest (SPPI) and a member of the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers®.

She has extensive experience in providing independent expert witness reports and testimony on the matters of Ukrainian law in international arbitrations and in the US, UK, the Netherlands, Cypriot and Swedish courts proceedings. Irina is included in the arbitrators panels of the Riga International Commercial Arbitration Court (RICAC) in Riga, the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC) in Vienna, Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) in Tbilisi, Lewiatan Court of Arbitration in Warsaw, Caspian Arbitration Society in Geneva and Kazakhstani International Arbitrage (KIA) in Almaty and is a member of the Energy Community Dispute and Negotiation Centre Panel of Mediators in Vienna.