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Remembering Professor Emmanuel Gaillard (1952-2021)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Professor Gaillard’s family and the Team at Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes have been immensely touched by the outpouring of friendship and support received as we mourn his painful loss.
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Special event

To honor and remember Professor Gaillard, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes will organize a special event later this year, when the sanitary conditions so allow. Details of the event will be provided in due course.

Forthcoming publications

We will provide information, in due course, about the ongoing projects relating to Professor Gaillard, including a Liber Amicorum that was underway and was going to be presented to him in 2022.

We also would like to invite you to share with us memories, stories, anecdotes and sentiments of Professor Gaillard’s life and accomplishments, which will be collected into a book of remembrance. Please email to share your memories.

Honoring Professor Gaillard through donations

To honor Professor Gaillard, his family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Great Plains Foundation to support the fight against elephant poaching.

All donations in honor of Professor Gaillard will be used in support of the Motswiri Anti-Poaching Unit in the Selinda Reserve. This field camp and anti-poaching unit sit at a critical and vulnerable boundary between the Selinda Reserve, neighboring community conservancies and local villages. Having a conservation presence at this boundary helps ensure the protection of the full range of species that call the Selinda Reserve home, but in particular the elephants who traverse the Selinda Reserve as part of an unfenced migratory corridor with Botswana's Chobe National Park. The Great Plains Foundation has indicated that it will be honored to accept donations from Professor Gaillard's friends and colleagues to support the on-going protection of this stunning corner of wild Africa.

How to donate
  • Donate online at
  • In the "message" field below your email address please include "In honor of Prof. Emmanuel Gaillard." Anything with this designation will be tracked and used in support of the Motswiri Anti-Poaching Unit in the Selinda Reserve.
About the Great Plains Foundation

The Great Plains Foundation is a non-profit organization founded with a mission to conserve and expand natural habitats in Africa through innovative conservation initiatives with a long-term commitment to the environment, wildlife and local communities. The Great Plains Conservation Foundation is a United States 501c3 registered non-profit organization (EIN 45-5494919), as well as a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales (Charity Number 1189136).

About Us

Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes is an international firm with a singular focus: managing international disputes in a result-oriented and innovative manner.

Our team is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading international arbitration practices, with an unparalleled track record of landmark victories, including the then largest commercial arbitration award ever rendered, the largest investment arbitration award in history, as well as a number of full dismissals of multibillion-dollar claims against different States and State-owned entities.

With nine partners, four counsel and over twenty-five associates, based in three major arbitration centers (Paris, London and New York) and all dedicated to the management of international disputes, our team combines the resources of a first tier international firm with the focus and flexibility of a specialized practice.

The diversity of our team and its wide range of legal expertise allow us to provide our clients with all-encompassing representation, which minimizes costs and ensures consistent high-quality service, regardless of the language of the dispute, the applicable law or the seat of the arbitration.


Our practices cover the entire spectrum of dispute management. We represent companies, States and State-owned entities in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations under all major arbitration rules in respect of disputes across all industries governed by a wide range of applicable laws, including international law, English law, French law, US law, Egyptian law and the laws of the Middle East, as well as Colombian and Brazilian law, amongst others. We are able to conduct arbitral proceeding in nineteen languages, including English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Russian and Portuguese.

We also advise our clients on liability and risk management through dispute-minded contract drafting and optimization of our clients’ corporate structure.

Where appropriate we help our clients achieve favorable negotiated settlements and, where necessary, we devise their collection strategies and represent them in setting aside and enforcement proceedings.