Caroline Croft is an associate in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and a Paris Bar Avocat à la Cour.

    Caroline’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial and investment treaty disputes. She has advised clients in proceedings related to the energy, construction, telecommunication, oil and gas, mining and M&A/private equity sectors, conducted under various procedural rules, including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC and HKIAC rules, and governed by a variety of laws, including international law and English law.

    She previously worked for a leading international arbitrator, gaining invaluable insight into decision-making. She has studied in Paris, Geneva, the US and London, and brings a truly international outlook to the team having worked for a UN agency, an arbitrator’s chambers, in-house and law firms in Paris, London, Bangkok and Geneva.

    Her public international law experience includes advising companies and individuals on the protection of their investments under international investment treaties and contracts.

    She is co-chair of the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee, a global initiative aimed to address the underrepresentation of women in international arbitral tribunals.

    Caroline teaches post-graduates at the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London. She co-authored the 2020 Queen Mary Arbitration Survey on Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

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    • Represents the Republic of Ecuador in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration relating to the oil and gas sector, with claims valued at US$90 million.
    • Representing a national oil corporation in an ad hoc arbitration governed by English law.
    • Representing the state of Libya in an investment arbitration initiated by a Turkish investor over three major construction projects.
    • Representing the state of Libya in an investment arbitration initiated by a Turkish investor over a major construction project.
    • Representing the state of Libya in an investment arbitration initiated by a Turkish investor over two major construction projects.
    • Representing a French blue chip company in an ICC arbitration related to a shareholders’ dispute.

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

    • Representing the claimant in an ICSID arbitration over rights under a power purchase agreement, and 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.

    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

    • Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge
    • Young ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration

    Languages

    • English
    • French

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    Publications

    • Co-author, “QMUL-CCIAG International Arbitration Survey Investors’ Perceptions of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)”, May 2020.
    • 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.

    Speaking Engagements

    • Moderator, “Internalise Your Success and Show Up From Where You Are: Practical Tips for Progressing Your Career”, 9 March 2021.
    • Panellist, Virtual Congress Conference 2020 of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 11 November 2020.
    • Moderator, ERA Pledge’s Push for Parity: Practical Tools for Emerging Arbitrators, 23 September 2020.
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