Kristen M. Young | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Kristen Young
 Kristen Young

Kristen M. Young

Associate, Washington, DC

T +1 202 626 3600

E kristenyoung@whitecase.com

Overview

Kristen M. Young is an Associate at White & Case LLP and practices with the International Arbitration and Litigation Groups, where she focuses on investment treaty arbitration.

Kristen represents and advises sovereign states and companies in high-stakes international disputes involving complex issues of law and fact in a wide range of industries, including electricity, mining and minerals, oil and gas, textile manufacturing, construction, and consumer and retail services.

Kristen represents clients in arbitrations before all major arbitral forums, including ICSID and the ICC, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, such as those under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She has served as counsel in cases arising under numerous bilateral investment treaties and the DR-CAFTA.

Kristen currently serves as an Associate Editor of the World Arbitration & Mediation Review. From 2009 to 2011, she was resident in the Firm's Paris office.

At Georgetown University Law Center, Kristen was a Global Law Scholar and a member of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Bars and Courts

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • DESS, Global Economic Law, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris/Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA, Wellesley College

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

In Global Trading Resource Corp. and Globex International, Inc. v. Ukraine, representing Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the US-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty relating to the cross-border sale of goods in which the claims of the investors were dismissed in their entirety under ICSID Arbitration Rule 41(5), the first case ever dismissed under this Rule.

In TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC v. Republic of Guatemala, representing TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the DR-CAFTA relating to its investment in an electricity distribution company in which the tribunal held Guatemala liable for breach of its Treaty obligations.

In Metal-Tech Ltd. v. Republic of Uzbekistan, representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Israel-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to a joint venture engaged in mineral processing in which the claims of the investor were dismissed in their entirety.

In Oxus Gold Plc. v Republic of Uzbekistan, representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising under the UK-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to two mining projects in which the tribunal dismissed more than 99 percent of the US$ 1.33 billion in damages claimed by the investor.

In Spentex Netherlands, B.V. v. Republic of Uzbekistan, representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Netherlands-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to an investment in the textile industry.

In Baggerwerken Decloedt En Zoon NV v. Republic of the Philippines, representing the Republic of the Philippines in an arbitration arising under the Belgium/Luxembourg-Philippines bilateral investment treaty relating to dredging projects.

In Karmer Marble Tourism Construction Industry and Commerce LLC v. Georgia, representing Georgia in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Georgia-Turkey bilateral investment treaty relating to the construction of a highway and a 49-year concession to operate a hotel and casino.

In Trans-Global Petroleum Inc. v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, representing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the US-Jordan bilateral investment treaty relating to an oil concession contract in which the claims of the investor were released in their entirety in a favorable consent award.

In EDF (Services) Ltd v. Romania, representing Romania in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the UK-Romania bilateral investment treaty concerning duty-free services at Romanian airports in which the claims of the investor were dismissed in their entirety and Romania obtained a sizable cost award.

In S&T Oil Equipment and Machinery v. Romania, representing Romania in an ICSID arbitration arising under the US-Romania bilateral investment treaty relating to the privatization of several companies, which was discontinued due to the investor's failure to pay its share of the advance on costs.

Publications

  • From World Duty Free to Metal-Tech: A Review of International Investment Treaty Arbitration Cases Involving Allegations of Corruption, Fraud, and Illegality, ICSID Review Volume 29(2), (co-author with Carolyn B. Lamm and Brody K. Greenwald)
  • A Review of International Investment Treaty Cases Involving Allegations of Corruption and Fraud and Parties from Central and Eastern Europe, publication pending in Croatian Arbitration Yearbook, (co-author with Carolyn B. Lamm and Brody K. Greenwald)
  • The Scope of the Legality Requirement in Relation to Investments: Recent Case Law, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, 4, Vol. 26, April 2011, (co-author with Michael Polkinghorne and Eugenia Levine)
  • Confidentiality in Relation to States, ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin (2009 Special Supplement), (co-author with Abby Cohen Smutny)