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About Jadranka

A Croatian national, Jadranka Jakovcic trained in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. She joined Bracewell in July 2021 from an international law firm, where she advised States in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, with particular experience in cases conducted under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Jadranka has also practiced in Croatia, Italy and Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Legal Service of the European Commission, representing the Commission in cases before the European Court of Justice and working on preparation and codification of Commission acts.

Jadranka serves as a co-chair of the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York State Bar Association and is the Executive Board member and an ambassador for Arbitrator Intelligence. She also serves as a Vis Moot coach for Fatima Jinnah Women University in Pakistan.


Publications and Speeches

“NAFTA and USMCA: Continuing the Saga,” The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review, Seventh Edition, May 2022.

“NYSBA Global Spotlight: Best Practices in Arbitrator Selection in Africa,” April 2021.

“Specifics of State-Owned Enterprises in Investor-State Arbitration,” International Investment Law and Arbitration Moot Course, Charles University in Prague, March 2021 (guest lecturer).

“New York Arbitration Week: Resilience in Times of Crisis – A Look Beyond New York’s Borders,” November 2020.

“COVID-19 as a Game Changer for International Arbitration,” Prague FDI Moot Roundtable, October 2020.

“Investment Arbitration Under the Energy Charter Treaty in the Wake of Achmea v. Slovakia,” Investment Treaty Arbitration, Volume 13, October 2020.

“Investment Arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty in the Wake of Achmea v. Slovakia: Allowed or Forbidden?” 13th Annual Investment Treaty JURIS Conference, April 2019.

“Efficiency and Costs in International Arbitration – Report on Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop in Zagreb on 7 December 2018,” Young ICCA Blog, January 2019 (co-author)

“Women of the Mother Court,” The Federal Lawyer, August 2018.

“Mediation Systems Worldwide — A Comparative Perspective,” New York City Bar Association, ADR Committee, May 2017.



Fordham University School of Law,
cum laude
Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb,
Master of Laws in European Law

Bar Admissions

New York




Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Dispute Resolution, Humboldt University of Berlin


New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Committee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section
New York City Bar Association
Association of Croatian American Professionals
Young ICCA
Arbitrator Intelligence, Executive Board Member and Ambassador





BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Ones to Watch, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2024
New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Judicial Trainee
Fordham University School of Law, John D. Feerick Award and Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award