McCoy Pitt

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

McCoy is an associate in White & Case's London office, where he represents and advises foreign sovereigns and private parties in the resolution of international disputes. His practice focuses on international arbitration, with a particular emphasis on investor-State arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He also advises on issues of public international law.

Prior to joining White & Case, McCoy served as a Judicial Fellow to H.E. Judge Yuji Iwasawa at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In this capacity, he assisted in the resolution of contentious State-to-State disputes raising questions concerning maritime and land boundary delimitation, diplomatic immunity, terrorism financing, genocide, and reparations for acts of armed aggression.

During law school, McCoy served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law and as Captain of the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
District of Columbia Bar
Education
LLM
University of Cambridge
JD
University of Virginia School of Law
MA
Foreign Affairs
University of Virginia
Languages
English
French

Experience

Investor-State Arbitration

Daniel W. Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates v. Guatemala
Representing claimants in an ICSID arbitration under the DR-CAFTA arising from their investments in the mining industry.

TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC v. Guatemala
Represented claimant in an ICSID arbitration under the DR-CAFTA arising from its investment in an electricity distribution company.

Federal Elektrik Yatirim ve Ticaret A.Ş. and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan
Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT and the ECT in a dispute concerning the natural gas industry.

Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. v. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Represented OTMTI in an ICSID arbitration under the Belgo-Luxembourg-Algeria BIT in a dispute arising out of an investment in the telecommunications industry.

 

International Court of Justice

Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to The Gambia’s claims against Myanmar regarding alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide through acts against the Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to Ukraine’s claims against the Russian Federation regarding alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination arising from acts in Eastern Ukraine and acts against the Tatar and ethnic Ukrainian communities in Crimea.

Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v. France)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to Equatorial Guinea’s claims against France regarding the immunity from criminal jurisdiction of the Second Vice-President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in charge of Defense and State Security and the legal status of the building housing the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in France.

Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to Guyana's claims against Venezuela concerning the legal validity and binding effect of the Award Regarding the Boundary between the Colony of British Guiana and the United States of Venezuela dated 3 October 1899.

Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) & (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to an appeal against a decision rendered by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization in proceedings initiated by the State of Qatar arising out of the Riyadh Agreements.

Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to Somalia’s claims against Kenya in a dispute concerning the course of its maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean.

Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)
Advised Judge Iwasawa on issues relating to reparations arising out of Uganda’s unlawful military intervention in the Congo.

Publications

Enforcement of ICSID Convention Arbitral Awards in U.S. Courts, 43 Pepperdine Law Review 649, 2016, (co-authored with Abby Cohen Smutny and Anne Smith)

Awards and Recognition

International Law Fellowship, University of Virginia School of Law

Pro Bono Award, White & Case

Top 5 Oralist, Mid-Atlantic Regional Rounds, Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Top 10 Memorial, International Rounds, Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition