Marney Cheek is co-chair of Covington’s International Arbitration and Disputes Practice Group. She represents clients in complex international disputes, drawing upon her expertise in public international law, investment treaties, and international trade matters. She serves as both counsel and advocate before numerous arbitral tribunals and courts, including the International Court of Justice. Ms. Cheek currently represents the Government of Ukraine in its landmark cases before the International Court of Justice adverse to the Russian Federation, including Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation). Ms. Cheek is also at the forefront of business and human rights arbitration, having represented global labor unions in the first binding arbitration brought under a business and human rights compact, the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
Prior to joining Covington, Ms. Cheek served as Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Ms. Cheek routinely counsels clients on international trade issues arising under bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. She is also a member of the roster of arbitrators for several U.S. free trade agreements.
Ms. Cheek is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She also serves as a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University and is recognized as a leading practitioner in Chambers and Legal 500.
Ms. Cheek holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.