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Stuart H. Newberger


Stu Newberger is a Washington-based senior partner with the international law firm of Crowell & Moring. His practice centers on handling complex international disputes, many involving the actions of governments. He has over 30 years of "first-chair" experience as a trial and appellate advocate in the U.S. courts, as well as international arbitration venues around the world, including ICSID, PCA, ICC, ICDR, AAA, SCC, LCIA, Austrian Federal Economic Centre and ad hoc proceedings pursuant to the UNCITRAL rules. He founded the firm's "International Dispute Resolution" practice.

The issues arising in his practice range from "private commercial" activities (such as aircraft ownership, oil and energy contracts/concessions, hotel/resort operations, poultry farming, textiles and soft-drink franchises), to "public policy" issues (such as state-sponsorship of terrorism, confiscation/expropriation of property, violations of international law, international crimes and human rights). In addition to courts and arbitration venues, he has extensive contact with international organizations (such as the United Nations and the World Bank/IMF), executive and regulatory agencies (including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission) and the U.S. Congress.

Stu's "country experience" includes disputes arising in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, South and Southeast Asia, Oceania and China.  His practice includes engagements both against and on behalf of sovereign governments.

Stu is the author of The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice, a book on the investigation into the terrorist attack on UTA Flight 772 and the long fight for victims' families to obtain justice.For many years, Stu served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. He also has lectured on law, international affairs and public policy issues at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, New York University, Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the University of Virginia, George Washington University, American University, the University of the West Indies, Bar-Ilan University, the Peres Academic Center, the Aspen Institute, the Herzliya Conference, the Dubai International Arbitration Center, and other institutions. In addition, he has presented programs for the American Bar Association throughout the U.S. and in the United Kingdom, has lectured at many annual congresses of the Union Internationale des Avocats (in France, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, and Portugal) and at the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (in Israel). Stu also currently serves on the Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the firm, Stu served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene and as an Assistant United States Attorney. He also served for many years as a member of the Committee on Grievances of the U.S. District Court, on the Board of the Historical Society for the D.C. Circuit, and the Judicial Conference for the D.C. Circuit. Stu is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.


  • The George Washington University, B.A. (1974)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1979)


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