Christophe Bondy has more than 20 years of experience as an investment treaty counsel, and his work includes taking a leading role in some of the highest profile cases yet decided in investment treaty arbitration. Through his work as lead counsel to Canada in multiple NAFTA Chapter Eleven arbitrations and as private sector counsel to multiple sovereigns and private claimants, he has addressed and considered in depth virtually all procedural and substantive issues arising in international investment law both from the state and the investor perspective. His cases have made a substantial contribution to the development of international law in this field. In addition to his busy counsel practice, Christophe sits as an arbitrator in investment treaty cases.
Christophe also has deep experience as counsel in the negotiation of international trade and investment agreements. He was senior counsel to Canada in the negotiation of the Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), with particular emphasis on services and investment chapters. He has negotiated treaties with countries around the world and advised States on both strategic and compliance issues, up to the highest levels of government, and provides capacity building and advisory services to States around the world.
Christophe has extensive experience as counsel in international commercial arbitrations under all major rules, as well as in advisory work on multiple aspects of public international law, including the law of state responsibility, sovereign and diplomatic immunities, and international intellectual property law.
Christophe is a recognized thought leader in international investment and trade law, regularly called upon to speak at leading conferences. At the invitation of UNCTAD, Christophe has instructed State officials on international investment treaty obligations. He has been an invited expert on investment issues at the OECD. Christophe regularly appears on the BBC and is quoted in the Financial Times and other industry publications as an authority on a range of international trade and investment law issues. He has repeatedly been invited to testify to UK House of Commons Select Committees on issues relating to international trade agreements.
Christophe is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Canada and is admitted to the Paris Bar. He was educated in Canada, France and the UK. He is bilingual French-English and has represented clients in English, French and Spanish-language matters, in proceedings under both Common and Civil Law.
The Legal 500 (UK) notes in its 2019 edition that “Christophe Bondy achieves significant successes for clients.”
Courses taught at CTLS
- Evolution of the International Investment Regime (Fall 2017)
- International Dispute Resolution: Resolving Conflicts Under International Law (Fall 2018)