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.
Christophe has advised and represented governments, international organisations and private clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law and international dispute resolution issues, including investment disputes, responsibility of international organisations, drafting, negotiation and interpretation of international treaties, sources of public international law obligations, State responsibility for the acts and omissions of public authorities and domestic courts, jurisdictional issues, sovereign immunities, international intellectual property law, and international environmental law.
Christophe is one of the most experienced investment treaty counsel in the world. Prior to joining Volterra Fietta, as Senior Counsel in Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, Christophe acted for nearly a decade as lead counsel to Canada in investor-State disputes under Chapter Eleven of the NAFTA. He repeatedly assumed responsibility for high-stakes, high-value international investment disputes raising novel issues of public international law. His work time and again led to positive outcomes and contributed to the development of international investment law.
Christophe is experienced at leading large teams of lawyers in the effective presentation of complex legal arguments and factual records. Christophe has deep knowledge of the workings of government and of the engagement of governments and non-State actors in the elaboration of rules of public international law.
Christophe was also counsel to Canada in the successful negotiation of the recently concluded Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). He was engaged in the elaboration of investment protection rules under the CETA, widely regarded as the next generation in international investment treaty drafting. In the CETA and other contexts he has also advised on a broad range of issues relating to the international trade in services. He has advised State parties on the negotiation of international trade and investment treaties around the world, including providing advice directly to the highest levels of government.
In addition to his public international law experience, Christophe has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration. After beginning his career in the litigation practice of Canada’s leading corporate commercial firm, Christophe spent seven years practicing international arbitration in Paris, where he advised and represented public and private clients on a wide range of commercial and public international law disputes, under all leading institutional frameworks (UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, LCIA, etc.).
At the invitation of UNCTAD, Christophe has instructed South American government officials on international investment treaty obligations. He has been an invited expert on investment issues at the OECD. He was an advisor to the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the resolution of international art and cultural heritage disputes. He has advised UNICEF on obligations arising from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. He has repeatedly participated in training programs on international trade and investment obligations to counsel at Canada’s Department of Justice.
Christophe is a member of the Advocate’s Society, the Society of International Economic Law, and is a frequent speaker on international investment law issues, including at the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, AIA Paris, the ICC, the Canadian Council on International Law and as an invited university lecturer.
Courses taught at CTLS
- Evolution of the International Investment Regime (Fall 2017)
- International Dispute Resolution: Resolving Conflicts Under International Law (Fall 2018)