Principal Counsel

(202) 349-3780
Mr. Hansen is an African investment law specialist who advises both private and public-sector clients. He has assisted numerous private clients seeking to develop businesses in a variety of African sectors from agriculture to telecommunications. He advised ECOWAS and UEMOA on the legal restructuring of the Dakar-Bamako rail line, has testified before the U.S. Congress on African investment topics, and has briefed the U.S. State Department and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) on project finance in Africa. In addition to his clients in Africa, Mr. Hansen has advised the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA). Mr. Hansen is a U.S. national who is fluent in French and reads legal Spanish.

Mr. Hansen represents international civil servants in their employment disputes with their organizations, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States. Mr. Hansen also represents firms and individuals facing sanctions (including debarment) before the World Bank Sanctions Board. Mr. Hansen is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has litigated issues including copyright, international law (title to territory), and stock options.

Mr. Hansen worked for the World Bank from 2000 to 2010, serving as counsel and consultant at the World Bank Administrative Tribunal (WBAT), as Managing Editor of the scholarly journal of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and as a consultant with the Office of Evaluation and Suspension (OES). From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Hansen served as a Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Codification Division, where he helped lead the development of an International Law Commission (ILC) study on the deportation and expulsion of aliens, and produced studies for the U.N. Repertory of Practice.

Mr. Hansen is the author of seminal articles on World Bank employment law, as well as of scholarly and occasional pieces on African investment issues. Mr. Hansen was formerly a regular contributor to International Law Reports focusing on U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Hansen was Editor in Chief of International Legal Materials at the American Society of International Law. Mr. Hansen is an active lecturer on African and other topics, and was for many years Adjunct Professor of International Law at the American University School of International Service.

Mr. Hansen is a member of the New York Bar (1997) and the District of Columbia Bar (1998). Mr. Hansen took his JD at American University's Washington College of Law, and his LLM at Cambridge University. He holds his BA in international affairs (magna cum laude), and his MA in international economic policy, from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC.

Mr. Hansen is a former Chair of the D.C. Bar's International Investment & Finance Committee, and a former President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Society of Washington, D.C.
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