Eloise Obadia



Eloïse Obadia joined Derains & Gharavi as a partner in 2013 and is acting as counsel in investment arbitrations.

Before joining Derains & Gharavi, she was Senior Counsel and Team Leader at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). From 1997 to 2013, she has served as Secretary of the Tribunal in more than 60 arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Rules. These proceedings included claims in relation to a broad spectrum of industries and were based on bilateral investment treaties, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, national investment laws and international contracts. She has also served as Secretary of Conciliation Commissions and ad hoc Committees in annulment proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention. In addition, she has served as Coordinator in an Expert Determination under the Indus Waters Treaty (1960) in relation to the construction of an hydroelectric power plant. While at ICSID, Eloïse also supervised a team of lawyers, developed internal best practices, and regularly appeared as speaker and gave training on investment arbitration.

Before joining ICSID, Eloïse was an associate with the law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, Paris, where she participated in the representation of private-sector companies in international arbitrations and a sovereign State in an ICSID conciliation.

She completed a Master of Laws at Duke University. She holds degrees from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and the University of Paris-Dauphine.



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