Chad Farrell is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration Group, where he represents sovereign States and international investors in complex arbitration matters. He has experience representing clients in disputes under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ("UNCITRAL") pursuant to bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.
Prior to joining White & Case LLP, Chad worked for four years as an Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where he assisted two judges with evaluating the merits of the cases before the Court. In that role, Chad provided advice on complex matters of public international law, including in disputes relating to treaty interpretation, sovereign immunity, diplomatic protection, transnational environmental issues, and boundary delimitation.
Following law school, Chad clerked for Judge Robert Beezer of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Successful defense of the Republic of Bulgaria in an energy industry arbitration
Chad was a key member of the Firm's international arbitration team which secured a complete victory for the Republic of Bulgaria in an ICSID arbitration brought by EVN AG, an Austrian investor, concerning its investment in two Bulgarian electricity companies. EVN claimed €750 million in damages. The tribunal dismissed EVN's claims in their entirety.
He also represents Bulgaria in an arbitration brought by ENERGO-PRO a.s., a Czech electricity investor.
Representation of investors in two natural resources arbitrations
Chad has represented two mining company investors in arbitrations against Romania and Ethiopia pursuant to ICSID and UNCITRAL rules.
Successful defense of a State in an arbitration concerning land use
He successfully defended a European State in an ad-hoc UNCITRAL arbitration concerning land use and development. The tribunal dismissed the investors' claims in their entirety on jurisdictional grounds.
Legal advice to sovereign States
Chad has advised States contemplating legal or regulatory measures on the potential legal impact of such measures under international law, including potential liability under the legal standards established in bilateral investment treaties. He also advised a State on its rights pursuant to the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations and United States domestic law.