Chad Farrell

Associate, Washington, DC



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. He also advises clients on compliance with US economic sanctions.

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.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
Washington State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
University of Virginia School of Law
Order of the Coif
International Relations
Brown University


Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria in three energy industry arbitrations
Chad represented the Republic of Bulgaria in three ICSID arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty and bilateral investment treaties brought by investors in Bulgaria's electricity sector relating to the generation, distribution, and supply of electric power.

Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a retail sector arbitration
Chad defended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an ICSID arbitration involving retail stores and restaurants.

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.

Defense of a State in an arbitration concerning land use
He defended a European State in an ad-hoc UNCITRAL arbitration concerning commercial land use and development.

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.

Advice to clients on US economic sanctions
Chad advises US and foreign clients on the implications of US economic sanctions, including whether contemplated transactions comply with US sanctions rules.