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Noah Rubins KC

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Chambers Global, France 2020, International Arbitration

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About Noah Rubins KC

Noah heads our international arbitration practice group in Paris as well as our global CIS/Russia dispute resolution practice group.

A US- and English-qualified, Russian-speaking lawyer, he has represented clients in nearly 100 arbitrations under ICSID, ICSID additional facility, ICC, AAA, SCC, VIAC, LCIA, ICAC, and UNCITRAL rules, including some 30 investment treaty disputes.

He specialises in construction and energy disputes, particularly upstream, pursuant to contracts and under the auspices of bilateral investment treaties.

Noah has practiced law in New York, Washington, Houston and Istanbul, and has also served as arbitrator in over 40 cases under ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, VIAC, ICAC and UNCITRAL rules.

He speaks English, French and Russian fluently, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Hebrew.

Recent work

  • Defending a Middle-Eastern gas supplier in ICC arbitration under an English-law governed contract, dealing with complex issues of force majeure, frustration, statutes of limitations, and contractual limitations of liability. The mandate resulted in the complete dismissal of several hundred million euros in claims advanced by the buyer, and an award of costs for our client.
  • Representing an Eastern European general contractor against a State-owned employer in a wide-ranging dispute involving the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Latin America.
  • Representing East Mediterranean Gas and its foreign shareholders in four parallel arbitrations under ICC, CRCICA, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules against Egypt and its state-owned entities in relation to the breach by Egyptian authorities of contractual and investment-treaty obligations incurred in connection with the 'peace pipeline', which carries Egyptian natural gas to Israeli customers. A first award of nearly $300m was recently issued in our client’s favour.
  • Representing Rusoro Mining in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the expropriation of gold mining rights by the government of Venezuela, which resulted in an award of over $1.2bn. 
  • Representing Total in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina in connection with its investments in exploration and production, electricity generation and gas transportation pursuant to the France–Argentina bilateral investment treaty, resulting in an award of $270m, the largest ever issued against Argentina.
  • Advising the Karachaganak consortium of multinational oil companies in a range of disputes arising out of production-sharing agreement in Kazakhstan, including issues of tax stability and cost recovery.
  • Representing the Republic of Kenya in an ICSID arbitration brought by WalAm under the dispute resolution clause of a licence to exploit geothermal energy issued under Kenya’s Geothermal Resources Act.

Qualifications

Admitted in New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia

Barrister (Employed) and KC, England & Wales

Publications

  • International arbitration in 2022

  • Oceana Publications, 2005 International Investment Political Risk and Dispute Resolution: a Practitioner’s Guide (co-author with Stephan Kinsella)

  • Oxford University Press, 2008 Investor-State Arbitration (co-author with Chris Dugan and Don Wallace)

  • Oxford U. Press, with R. Happ, 2013 Digest of ICSID awards and decisions 1974-2002

  • Globe Business Publishing, 2015 'Enforcement of Awards in Russia’, in Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards: a Global Guide (co-author with Maxim Kulkov)

  • Nomos, 2015 ‘Ratione Temporis’, in International Investment Law: A Handbook (co-author with Ben Love)

  • Arbitration International, Vol.32, No.4, Oxford University Press, December 2016 The Russian arbitration reform (co-author with A. Yadykin and M. Mekat)