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

Kristen M. Young

Partner, Washington, DC

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Overview

Kristen M. Young is a Partner at White & Case LLP and practices with the International Arbitration and Litigation Groups in Washington, DC, where she focuses on investment treaty arbitration.

Kristen has been recognized as a Future Leader in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration (2017 and 2018). Clients praise Kristen for her "full command of the facts in the case and legal theories – she has them all at her fingertips."

Kristen represents multinational corporations and sovereign states in high-stakes international disputes involving complex issues of law and fact. She has obtained precedential victories for her clients in cutting-edge cases, including for the Ukraine in Global Trading Resource Corp. and Globex International, Inc. v. Ukraine, the first case ever dismissed under ICSID Arbitration Rule 41(5).

Kristen represents clients in arbitrations before all major arbitral forums, including ICSID, the PCA, and the ICC, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She has served as counsel in cases arising under numerous bilateral investment treaties and the DR-CAFTA. Her experience spans a wide range of industries, including electricity, mining and minerals, oil and gas, textile manufacturing, construction, and consumer and retail services.

Kristen speaks and writes regularly on arbitration and international law-related issues, and served as an Associate Editor of the World Arbitration & Mediation Review from 2014 to 2016.

From 2009 to 2011, she was resident in the Firm's Paris office, and works both in English and in French.

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 ICL Europe Coöperatief U.A. v. Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia, representing ICL Europe Coöperatief U.A. in a PCA arbitration of a dispute arising under the Netherlands-Ethiopia bilateral investment treaty relating to its investment in a potash mine.

In Bursel Tekstil and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan, representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to an investment in the textile industry.

In Orascom TMT Investments S.à.r.l. v. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, representing Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute arising under the Belgium/Luxembourg-Algeria bilateral investment treaty relating to its investment in the telecommunications industry.

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 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 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 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 of a dispute 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 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 Baggerwerken Decloedt En Zoon NV v. Republic of the Philippines, representing the Republic of the Philippines in an ICSID arbitration of a dispute 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.

Publications

  • "Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Washington, D.C.," Practical Law Arbitration (co-authored with David Riesenberg and Sadie Gardner)
  • "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-authored 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," Croatian Arbitration Yearbook (co-authored 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-authored with Michael Polkinghorne and Eugenia Levine)
  • "Confidentiality in Relation to States," ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin (2009 Special Supplement) (co-authored with Abby Cohen Smutny)