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Dual Background

Christophe Dugué benefits from a dual background as counsel in structuring, drafting and negotiating major international commercial transactions in banking, commercial, corporate and contract law (banking law, construction, international commercial financings, project financings, mining, oil & gas, joint-ventures, M&A financings, structured finance, infrastructure financings, securitization of commercial receivables, derivatives, equity swaps) and as counsel in domestic and international arbitration cases, ad hoc and institutional (ICC, Swiss Arbitration Centre-formerly SCAI, PCA, AFA, LCIA, SIAC, CAIP).

This background provides him with in-depth knowledge of the industries in which parties involved in arbitration cases operate as well as a thorough understanding of the parties’ and their counsels’ expectations, constraints and strategies when they face a dispute, be it as claimant or as respondent.

Why Me ?

Experienced, independent, available, absence of conflicts of interests, dedicated, time and cost efficient.

Christophe Dugué's experience of international arbitration in a variety of cases with a wide range of seats and applicable substantive laws allows him to act efficiently as Counsel and as Arbitrator 

As Arbitrator, Christophe Dugué is fully aware that while the parties want a total flexibility in order to enjoy the benefit of all opportunities to present their case they are also cost and time sensitive. As arbitrator he strives at providing the parties with a full and fair opportunity to present their case.

A candid discussion with the parties is held at the outset of the case to adapt the procedure to the parties' requirements (is there a need for one or two rounds of written submissions, a dedicated production of documents phase, a hearing and the examination of witnesses and experts, post hearing briefs?) and the procedural timetable that best suits the instruction of the case is decided accordingly.

In the conduct of the proceedings, while ensuring that the procedural timetable is followed, and amended as the circumstances warrant, and due process is observed, Christophe Dugué strives at making the final award available in the shortest period of time possible after the parties have pleaded their case and filed their post-hearing briefs. Christophe Dugué has also the experience of expedited procedures.

As Counsel, Christophe Dugué works in close collaboration with the party he represents in order to determine what the party wants to obtain, what can be obtained, and what are the means to be implemented to have the best chances of achieving this result.

Christophe Dugué builds on the facts and focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of the case to provide a structured, documented and comprehensive legal argument that best serves the client's objectives and strategy, in order to deliver concise, powerful and convincing briefs. 

At the hearing, he benefits from his experience as counsel and as arbitrator in the examination of witnesses and experts. Christophe Dugué pleads the decisive arguments and provides the explanations that the arbitral tribunal expects.

Christophe Dugué has successfully acted as counsel in the representation of parties against all sorts of opponents, including major international law firms.


Master 2-DESS, Droit des Affaires Internationales, Institut de Droit des Affaires, Université Aix-Marseille III, 1982

Master 2-DJCE, Droit du Commerce International, Institut de droit des Affaires, Université Aix-Marseille III, 1982

Paris Bar, 1992

Professional Affiliations

  • International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association/Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA)
  • Association For Arbitration/Association Française d’Arbitrage (AFA
  • Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA)
  • Paris The Home of International Arbitration/Paris Place d’Arbitrage
  • Member of the Association For Arbitration’s Working Groups on:
    • the Decisions of the Arbitration Committee (2014-2015)
    • the Consolidation of Related Arbitrations (2014-2015)
    • Emergency Arbitration and Expedited Proceedings (2016-2018)

Panels of Arbitrators

  • Panel of arbitrators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) (AIAC) formerly the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) since 2014
  • List of neutrals of the Mediation & Conciliation Network (MCN), India
  • Panel of arbitrators of the Chambre Arbitrale Internationale de Paris
  • Panel of international arbitrators of KCAB International (Korean Commercial Arbitration Board) for the term from 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2025


  • Revista română de arbitraj 2/2021 “In Honorem Emmanuel Gaillard 1952-2021”

  • La Lettre de l’AFA, N°26, “L’urgence dans le futur règlement d’arbitrage de l’AFA : procédure accélérée et arbitrage d’urgence” (30 January 2018), available online on the website of the Association For Arbitration
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2017 – France Chapter, (24 July 2017) published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London
  • Global Legal Insights – International Arbitration – Chapter France - Published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London - FREE to access at
    • 2nd Edition (18 May 2016)
    • 3rd Edition (9 June 2017)
    • 4th Edition (24 April 2018)
    • 5th Edition (7 May 2019)
    • 6th Edition (17 April 2020)
    • 7th Edition (16 April 2021)
  • PRIME Finance: Une nouvelle proposition efficace pour la résolution des différends en matière de produits financiers complexes?”, Les Cahiers de l’Arbitrage/The Paris Journal of International Arbitration 2013-1, March 2013
  • “Dispute Resolution in International Project Finance Transactions”, Project Finance and International Investment Law Essays, April 2001
  • “Risk Control and International Finance Arbitration/La maîtrise des risques et l’arbitrage relative aux opérations internationales de financement”, Arbitration Finance and Insurance /Arbitrage, Finance et Assurances 15 (ICC Pub. No.°627E), 2000
  • “Arbitration of Disputes arising from Derivative Financial Instruments and Transactions”, 2000 Riv. dell’arb.1 (article based on a paper given at the 1999 VENCA conference)

Speaking Engagements

  • Société de Législation Comparée, Conference on “Cryptocurrencies: A Refuge for Countries under Economic Sanctions?”, speaker on the topic “International Arbitration Proceedings in the Context of Cryptocurrencies Transactions” (May 2022)
  • ICC Vis Pre-Moot – April 2019, Paris: arbitrator (two sessions)
  • Association For Arbitration (AFA):
    • speaker on every bi-annual session on International Arbitration, on the topic the “Arbitration Hearings” (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019);
    • speaker at the “AFA After Work” on the topic "Emergency Arbitration" (2019)
  • École Internationale des Modes Alternatifs de Règlement des Litiges (EIMA) training sessions organized by the Association For Arbitration and EFB (Paris Bar), on international arbitration:
    • speaker on the topic “International Arbitration” at the June 2016 and May 2017 sessions;
    • speaker on the topic “Instruction of the Case by the Arbitral Tribunal” at the May 2018 session;
    • speaker on the topic “International Arbitration proceedings up to the date of the Terms of Reference” at the April 2019 session
    • speaker on the topic "Domestic and International Arbitration (Notion, French Law and Practice)" at the April 2022 session
  • 2nd edition of Le Café des Arbitres, 2014:
    • Investments and Mass Arbitration Panel, speaker on the topic “Financial Products as investment and perspective further to the Abaclat decision
  • VENCA conference, 1999:
    • paper on “Arbitration of Disputes arising from Derivative Financial Instruments and Transactions

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