Francisco J. Batlle is an associate in our International Dispute Resolution Practice Group, focusing on international law and arbitration. He has significant experience in public international law matters.
Francisco advises sovereigns, state owned companies and individuals in complex international legal proceedings. He regularly intervenes in investor-state arbitrations to address public international law matters. Francisco is currently part of the team representing a Latin American oil and gas company and its subsidiaries in several ICC commercial arbitrations valued at US$400 million, and a Middle Eastern State in set-aside proceedings conducted in Paris.
Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Francisco was a Law Clerk at the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic. He also interned at the Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ) in Bogotá, where he worked on constitutional, human rights and humanitarian law matters. Previous experiences include the handling of maritime and civil litigations, as well as the drafting and implementation of private and public contracts.
Francisco served as both President and Secretary-General of the Latin American Council of International and Comparative Law Scholars, Dominican Republic chapter (COLADIC-RD). With COLADIC-RD, he has intervened as amicus curiae in proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic.
More recently, Francisco coordinated a capacity-building project on United Nations law, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, given the Dominican Republic's 2019-2020 non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.
Francisco works in English and Spanish.