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Mr Charles Kotuby

Honorary Professor in the Durham Law School

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Charles Kotuby is an international law counsel who represents multinational corporations and sovereign states in complex global disputes. He has acted in arbitrations and litigations across a range of sectors and industries, including oil and gas, aviation, and mining.

His practice is focused on investment arbitration and litigation involving foreign sovereigns and on novel issues of public and private international law. He has appeared as counsel in international matters before the United States Supreme Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) tribunals. Charles has been counsel to Chevron in its multibillion dollar dispute in Ecuador and is currently both prosecuting and defending treaty-based claims in Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He also advises clients on political risk, investment protections, international border, and maritime issues.

According to Judge Stephen Schwebel, arbitrator and former president of the International Court of Justice, Charles is one of the world's "leading international counsel and advocates" (foreword to Kotuby & Sobota, General Principles of Law and International Due Process [Oxford 2017]). Charles's book on international law has been called "astute" (Judge James Crawford), "brilliant" (Pierre-Marie Dupuy), and a "signal contribution" (Judge Schwebel).

Charles is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh and American University Washington College of Law, and a member of the United States Government Delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group III on Reforms to Investor-State Dispute Settlement and the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

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