Caroline Croft is an associate in the International Dispute Resolution Practice based in Paris. She is dual-qualified as Paris Bar Avocat à la Cour and a solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to joining the firm, Caroline worked in private practice at top global law firms, in-house at a major transnational company and directly for a highly regarded arbitrator.

    Caroline specialises in handling complex multijurisdictional disputes and representing parties in commercial and investment arbitration, as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. She has experience of international commercial and investment arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC and HKIAC rules. Her public international law experience includes advising companies and individuals on the protection of their investments under international investment treaties and contracts and boundary disputes.

    Caroline is a teaching associate in international arbitration at the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London. She co-authored the 2020 Queen Mary Arbitration Survey on the Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

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    Prior to joining the firm, Caroline’s experience included:

    • Representing a claimant in an ICSID arbitration in a dispute over rights under a power purchase agreement, advising on jurisdiction, admissibility and merits.
    • Representing the respondent state in a renewable energy arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty and advising on quantum.
    • Representing a private equity investor in an ICC arbitration brought in the context of parallel SIAC proceedings.
    • Advising an international oil company on a maritime boundary dispute between two states.
    • Advising a state-owned oil and gas company on the enforcement of an arbitral award in France.
    • Advising on stabilisation commitments and the adoption of a new hydrocarbons law on an international investor’s mining activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • Advising an energy company on the acquisition of participating interests in oil and gas and renewable energy projects in France and sub-Saharan Africa.

    Education

    • Queen Mary, University of London, LL.M. (Distinction), 2017
    • The Graduate Institute, Geneva, M.A., 2011
    • Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Master I, 2009
    • University of Michigan Law School, (exchange)

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2020
    • Paris, 2016

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Young ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration
    • AFSIA – Alumni & Friends of the School of International Arbitration (Member of the Steering Committee)

    Languages

    • English
    • French

    • Author, “The Clean Hands Doctrine: A Tool For Accountability of Investor Conduct and Inadmissibility of Investment Claims”, 84 Arbitration 1, 2018
    • Author, “Churchill Mining Plc and Planet Mining Pty Ltd v Republic of Indonesia, ICSID Case No ARB/12/14 and 12/40, Award of 6 December 2016”, European Investment Law and Arbitration Review 2, 2017

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