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Charles T. Kotuby Jr. (Chuck)


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  • University of Pittsburgh (J.D. cum laude 2001; Notes & Comments Editor, Journal of Law & Commerce; Winner of the 2000 Albert S. Pergam National Writing Competition and the 2001 University of Pittsburgh Faculty Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Scholarship; B.A. cum laude 1997; Schenker Economics Prize winner); University of Durham (LL.M. in International and European Union Law with first class honours 2000; Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, 1999-2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania; District of Columbia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits; and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2002-2004)

Government Service

  • Fellow, Max Planck Institute on Foreign and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany (2002); Stagiaire attorney, Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Netherlands (2000)

Charles Kotuby is an international law counsel who represents multinational corporations, sovereign states, and state-owned entities in complex international disputes. He has acted in international arbitrations and litigations across a range of sectors and industries, including oil & gas, aviation, mining, and other extractive projects.

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 U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and ICSID and UNCITRAL tribunals. Charles has been counsel to Chevron in its multibillion dollar dispute in Ecuador and is currently counsel to a number of Canadian mining clients with treaty-based arbitral claims against the Republic of Kazakhstan. He also regularly advises clients on treaty rights, 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 is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is on the arbitrator panels of institutions worldwide, and is a frequent speaker and author on matters of international law and arbitration. He is an adjunct professor of law at American University's Washington College of Law and Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he teaches courses in global disputes.

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