International Arbitration and Public International Law
Mr. Batifort’s practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law. He has acted as counsel, advocate, and arbitrator in over forty commercial and investment treaty arbitrations involving multimillion- and multibillion-dollar claims 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). His cases have involved 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, including with respect to the negotiation, interpretation, and application of international treaties.
He acted for the winning parties in many high-profile disputes, including Venezuela Holdings v. Venezuela, in which Curtis secured the largest annulment in ICSID history. He is currently representing clients in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in arbitrations arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and cross-border contracts.
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.”
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 (AJIL) and was the subject of an AJIL 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 served as co-chair of ASIL’s 2021 Annual Meeting Committee, co-chair of ASIL’s 2022 Midyear Meeting Practitioners’ Forum, and co-chair of ASIL’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group (2020-2023). He serves 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. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and at Université Paris Cité, where he teaches advanced courses on investment treaty arbitration.
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)