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White & Case LLP
I practise/work in
  • International Arbitration
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Charles Nairac
Non-African Country
Non-African Country (Please Specify)
Country of Birth
Mauritian, French, British
If non-African, how do you promote Africans in international arbitration/ADR?
Being a non-African resident, I will answer this question even though I have an African nationality.

I promote Africans in arbitration by working with local counsel in all or most of my Africa related arbitrations, by proposing African arbitrators for appointment, by supporting events promoting arbitration in Africa, by teaching an arbitration module on a University of Paris African Laws LLM, etc.
French, English
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as Sole Arbitrator in international arbitration
Number of Cases as Co-Arbitrator in international arbitration
Number of Cases as International Tribunal Chair
Areas of Speciality
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Engineering
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
LLB, King's College, London, 1996
Maîtrise en droit, Université de Paris I, 1996
LLM International commercial law (DEA Droit du commerce international), Université de Paris II, 1997
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
In-House counsel, Paribas, 1997-2000
White & Case LLP, associate (2001-2007), partner (2008- to date)
Charles Nairac is a partner in White & Case LLP’s International Arbitration group, based in Paris. Charles concentrates on international commercial and investment arbitration, advising on arbitrations under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, as well as ad hoc, in English and in French. Charles’ sectors of focus include financial services, construction, and energy. He has advised on arbitrations all over the world, including recently in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the CEE/CIS. He also regularly sits as arbitrator.
Charles teaches arbitration and construction topics at Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Sciences-Po Paris. He is recognized in leading legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500, International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, GAR 100 and PLC.
Before joining White & Case in 2001, Charles started his career doing M&A and finance work in a boutique firm, and then served as in-house legal adviser for a bank in both Paris and Singapore. Charles obtained his bachelor of laws from King's College London, a master’s degree from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a postgraduate degree in International Law from Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
Legal Background
  • Civil Law
  • Common Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Concessions
  • Engineering
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Sale of Business
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
Other Agreement (Please specify)
Construction contracts.
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