Francisco J. Batlle is a senior associate in our International Dispute Resolution Practice, focusing on international law and arbitration. He has significant experience in public international law matters.

    Francisco acts as counsel to sovereigns, state-owned companies and individuals in complex international legal proceedings involving a wide range of institutions, procedural rules and treaties. He regularly intervenes in investor-state arbitrations and cross-border disputes to address public international law elements.

    Prior to joining the firm, 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 human rights and humanitarian law matters. Previous experience includes the handling of maritime and civil litigation, as well as the drafting and implementation of private and public contracts.

    Francisco served as president 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.

    More recently, given the Dominican Republic’s 2019-2020 non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, Francisco successfully coordinated a capacity-building project on United Nations law. The project was funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom.

    Francisco is country co-reporter of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) for the Dominican Republic.

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    • Representing the Republic of Costa Rica in an ICSID investment arbitration valued at US$100 million.
    • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in a UNCITRAL investment arbitration valued at US$110 million.
    • Representing an oil and gas company and its subsidiaries in several ICC commercial arbitrations valued at US$400 million.
    • Member of the team representing a Middle East state in set-aside proceedings conducted in Paris.
    • Representing clients in domestic commercial arbitrations administered by the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo.
    • Member of the team representing a Latin America state-owned oil company in 28 USC Section 1782(a) judicial-assistance proceedings before Federal Court in Houston, Texas.
    • Member of the team representing a Latin America state-owned oil company seeking victim restitution before federal courts in Miami and New York.

    Education

    • University of Nottingham, LL.M., 2015
    • Pontificia Univer. Catolica Madre y Maestra, LL.B., 2012

    Admissions

    • Dominican Republic, 2013

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
    • Young ICSID
    • Institute for Transnational Arbitration
    • COLADIC-RD
    • UK Alumni Association of the Dominican Republic
    • Dominican Bar Association

    Languages

    • Spanish
    • English
    • Chevening Scholar, Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, 2014-2015
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