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New York University School of Law, LL.M., International Legal Studies, Dean's Graduate Award

Ecole de Formation des Barreaux de la Cour d’Appel de Paris, Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat

Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Master's degree in Public International Law, High Honors, Major de Promotion (First in Class); Master's degree in International Business Law, Honors, Merit Scholarship; Diploma in Comparative Law, Honors

University of Ottawa, Common Law Section (Exchange Program)

Université de Montpellier, 4-Year Law Degree, High Honors; Diploma in Theory and Philosophy of Law

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Simon Batifort
Partner
New York
PHONE: +1 212 696 8867
FAX: +1 212 697 1559

Simon Batifort is a partner in the International Arbitration Group in New York. His practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law. 

He has represented sovereign States, State-owned entities and private companies in numerous investment treaty arbitrations and contractual disputes conducted under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules, in cases involving natural resources, telecommunications, construction, joint ventures and taxation.  Among other high-profile disputes, he acted for the winning parties in Venezuela Holdings v. Venezuela, in which Curtis secured the largest annulment in ICSID history, and in Içkale v. Turkmenistan and Erhas et al. v. Turkmenistan, in which Curtis obtained full dismissal of the claims and costs awards.  He is currently representing India in several arbitrations arising under bilateral investment treaties.

Mr. Batifort publishes and speaks regularly 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 and was the subject of an AJIL Unbound symposium.  He also teaches investment treaty arbitration at Brooklyn Law School, and sits on the Arbitration Committee of the New York City Bar Association. 

Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration: Future Leaders has recognized him as one of the Most Highly Regarded arbitration attorneys under 45, noting that he “impresses peers with his technical expertise and ‘business acumen beyond his years.’”  Sources also “praise his ‘excellent combination of seeing the big picture as well as having a keen eye for the details’ of a case.” 

Dual-qualified in Paris and New York, he holds degrees in public and private international law, civil law, common law and comparative law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), Université de Montpellier and NYU School of Law, where he served as a 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.  He speaks English, French and Spanish, and reads Portuguese. 

MEMBERSHIPS

The International Arbitration Club of New York
American Society of International Law
International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee
New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Paris Bar Association
Moot Alumni Association
ICDR Young & International
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
Young ICCA

AWARDS

2019 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for Best Article in International Arbitration 
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders 2019, Most Highly Regarded
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders 2018, Most Highly Regarded
Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Future Leaders 2017

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