International Arbitration and Public International Law
Mr. Batifort has acted as counsel and advocate in over forty high-profile commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under various rules, including those of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He has represented clients in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in cases involving a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, construction, joint ventures, real estate and taxation. He also represents and advises States in inter-State disputes and public international law matters.
Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration has recognized him as a Global Leader in international arbitration and as a Global Elite Thought Leader under 45, referring to him as a “household name” and a “formidable practitioner when it comes to investment treaty arbitration.” Clients and peers highlight his “first-rate strategy and legal expertise” as well as his “‘exceptional diplomatic skills and cultural understanding’ in high-stakes international investor-state disputes.” He is recognized as a Rising Star in International Arbitration by Law360, as a Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, and as a Next Generation Partner byLegal 500 USA. Legal 500 Latin America praises his “encyclopedic knowledge of international arbitration cases and great advocacy skills.”
Alongside his practice, Mr. Batifort is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and at Université Paris Cité where he teaches advanced courses on investment treaty arbitration. A frequent author and speaker on issues of international arbitration and public international law, he was awarded the 2019 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best Article in International Arbitration for “The New Debate on the Interpretation of MFN Clauses in Investment Treaties: Putting the Brakes on Multilateralization,” which was published in the American Journal of International Law (AJIL)and was the subject of anAJIL Unbound symposium.
He is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), co-chair of the 2024 ASIL Abroad Geneva Meeting Committee, and former co-chair of ASIL’s 2021 Annual Meeting Committee and of ASIL’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group (2020-2023). He also frequently serves as an ASIL delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group III on the reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement. He previously served as co-chair of the Insolvency and Arbitration Working Group of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and as a member of the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Admitted to the bar in New York, Paris and Brussels, Mr. Batifort holds degrees in public and private international law, civil law, common law and comparative law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) (First in Class), Université de Montpellier and NYU School of Law, where he served as research assistant to Professor José E. Alvarez and as a graduate editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to joining Curtis, he worked as in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest construction companies and interned at both the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice.
Commentary of Articles 56-58 of the ICSID Convention (Replacement and Disqualification of Conciliators and Arbitrators), in The ICSID Convention, Rules and Regulations: A Commentary (Elgar Publishing, December 2019) (co-author)