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Rodolphe Ruffié-Farrugia

Rodolphe Ruffié-Farrugia


Rodolphe Ruffié-Farrugia

Rodolphe Ruffié specialises in international commercial arbitration, investor-state dispute settlement, and public international law. His practice encompasses Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and North America.

Rodolphe advises parties to high-stake cross-border disputes in a wide range of industries and jurisdictions. In addition to energy, mining, infrastructure, and telecommunications, he has a specific focus on space activities, esports, and the cannabis industry.

Rodolphe has acted both on the counsel side and as tribunal secretary under most of the main arbitration rules, including the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, AAA/ICDR, SCC, NAI, WIPO's UDRP, and SCAI's Swiss Rules. He is registered as an arbitrator with the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC, formerly KLRCA), the International Arbitration Centre of the Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei (CAAI), and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Rodolphe also has experience handling international trade disputes (WTO) and award enforcement proceedings, including against sovereign states.

  • Representing Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd in a bet-the-company arbitration against the Kingdom of Thailand pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules (Singapore-seated) under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement concerning claims over the expropriation of a gold mine in northern Thailand
  • Representing Saipem SA in UNCITRAL and ICC rules arbitrations (Perth-seated and Singapore-seated, respectively) concerning claims under a contract for the construction of a jetty for a major offshore LNG project in Australia
  • Representing Cortec (Pty) Ltd, Stirling Capital Ltd and Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd in an ongoing ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Kenya under the UK-Kenya BIT (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/29)
  • Representing Tantalum International Ltd and Arrowhead Resources Ltd in an ongoing ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt under the Australia-Egypt BIT (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/22)
  • Representing a European oil and gas company in an expert determination process against an African government under a Production Sharing Contract
  • Advising mining and energy companies in the preparation of investment projects in Africa and South-East Asia

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Career and qualifications

  • National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Licence in Chinese Studies and Teaching French as a Foreign Language) 2012
  • Paris Nanterre University (Maîtrise in French and English Business Laws) 2013
  • University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Master's degree in Arbitration and International Business Law) 2015
  • Arbitral Clerk, Mourre Partners 2015
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) 2016
  • Temporary Consultant, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID-World Bank) 2016
  • Arbitral Clerk, Schellenberg Wittmer (Zurich) 2016
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2017
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Washington 2017
  • Associate, Archipel (Paris) 2017
  • Lawyer, Sidley Austin (Geneva) 2018
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2019
  • Admitted as a Lawyer in Western Australia 2020
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand 2020

Professional bodies

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association