Kirsten Odynski

Partner, Paris



Kirsten Odynski is a partner in White & Case's International Arbitration Practice, based in the Paris office. She transferred to the Paris office in 2012 after having spent her first three years with the firm in the New York office.

Kirsten has experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, having acted as an adviser in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Currently, she is advising on large arbitrations in the construction and energy industries.

Kirsten has also been active in White & Case's pro bono work in the area of public international law and legal education service programs. She has been involved with projects for the Open Society Justice Initiative and White & Case's global sponsorship of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
New York State Bar
University of Ottawa
BA (Hons)
University of Alberta


Representing an international consortium in an ICC arbitration in Miami in connection with a major infrastructure project.

A series of parallel LCIA arbitrations in the oil and gas industry in Kazakhstan.

Representing an Eastern European State in an ICC arbitration against a creditor of a Communist-era State-owned company.

Multi-billion dollar ICC arbitration in the nuclear industry.

ICC arbitration and related US litigation regarding an oil-related construction project in Latin America.

Speaking Engagements

"Representing Claimants: Pre-Arbitration Matters", September 2017: Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Advanced Training: Managing an Investment Treaty Arbitration, London

"Cross-Examination of Witness in International Arbitration", September 2017: Young ICCA workshop, Paris

"Yukos and More: Recent Developments in the Enforcement of Awards", October 2016: ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, Toronto

"Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: Notion of Public Policy", March 2014: Tbilisi International Arbitration Conference, Georgia


"Why Managing Dispute Risks in NPP Projects is Important", Lexis Nexis Energy Law Report, February 2020 (with Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall, Daniel Garton, Richard Hill and Dipen Sabharwal QC)

"Rethinking hardship clauses in times of changing climate", Environmental Law & Management, January 2020 (with Elizabeth Oger-Gross and Marièle Coulet-Diaz)

Adapting to the Times, International Arbitration Law Review, issue 4, 2017, (with Dipen Sabharwal and Anne Véronique Schlaepfer)

The "Business Case" For and Against International Arbitration, International Energy and Minerals Arbitration, Paper 11, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn., September 2013, (with Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall)