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Baptiste Rigaudeau



Paris, 2015




English , French , Spanish


35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6


+41 58 105 2000

Baptiste Rigaudeau joined LALIVE in 2018. He specialises in international arbitration, with a focus on commercial and investor-State disputes. He has experience working as counsel and secretary to international arbitration tribunals under ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, CIETAC, CMAP, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, in proceedings governed by various procedural and substantive laws, both common and civil. He has experience in the energy, particularly in oil and gas, construction, banking, telecommunications, hotel and pharmaceuticals sectors. He also has experience in cross-border litigation and asset recovery matters.

He is a member of the ICC’s Commission on the Belt & Road Initiative and of the Global Steering Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members’ Group. He is also a member of several professional associations such as ICC YAF, LCIA YIAG and the International Wine Law Association. He has spoken at conferences and has published several articles on international arbitration.

Baptiste Rigaudeau trained in Paris and Madrid (2009-2010) before working as an associate to two leading international arbitrators, based in Hong Kong and in Paris (2011-2012). He then practiced international arbitration in the Paris office of Foley Hoag LLP (2014-2018).

Baptiste Rigaudeau holds a Licence de droit from the University of Nantes, Masters degrees in International Economic Law from the University of Nantes and in International Arbitration and Business Law from the University of Versailles. He also holds a LLM from Cardiff University Law School.

Mali Ecowas Sanctions: The Impact on Foreign Investors

Augustin Barrier, Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2022

LALIVE Blog, 27 January 2022
Lexology online, 31 January 2022

The BRI and International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration

Baptiste Rigaudeau, Susan Munro, Zhijin Huang, Robert Pé, 2021

In: CDR – The Belt and Road Initiative, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Stephen Jagusch QC; Colin Ong QC; Walter Chen SC, 2021

The Protection of Foreign Investment in the Wine Sector (Chapter 10)

Baptiste Rigaudeau, Laurence Ponty, Jean-Robin Costargent, 2020

In : BRILL NIJHOFF, Wine Law and Policy: From National Terroirs to a Global Market, Julien Chaise, Fernando Dias Simoes and Danny Friedman, 2020

A Third-Party, One Arbitration Agreement, Two Approaches: The French Courts’ Views on the Law Applicable to the Arbitration Agreement in Kabab-Ji v. Kout Food Group

Baptiste Rigaudeau, Victoria Leclerc, 2020

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 8 September 2020

Coronavirus: a force majeure event under Swiss law?

Laura Azaria, Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2020

LALIVE Blog, 5 March 2020

Arbitration in France: Ryanair v. Smac: Is the French Tribunal des Conflits Unnecessarily Risking France’s Place as the World’s Safest Landing Spot for Arbitration Related Litigation?

Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2019

HKIAC, International Arbitration: Issues, Perspectives and Practice, Liber Amicorum Neil Kaplan, Wolters Kluwer, 2019, pp. 571-579

Environmental Dispute Resolution: The Dispute Board Solution

Baptiste Rigaudeau, François Baillon, 2018

Terralex Connections, 24 April 2018

France – The New Anti-Corruption Arsenal’s Impact on Arbitration

Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2016

E-Solver – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Brazil-China: The reign of toothless giants?

Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2014

Young Arbitration Review – YAR – Issue 17

Clues to construing the New French Arbitration Law: An ICC perspective on Procedural Efficiency, Good Faith and Independence

Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2011

Journal Of International Arbitration (28(4): 381–399, 2011)

Jivraj v. Hashwani: la communauté arbitrale victime de discriminations à l’embauche répétées ?

Baptiste Rigaudeau, 2011

Les Petites Affiches, Chronique de Droit de l’Arbitrage N°36, 26 February 2011, pp. 14-16 (French)

First Cameroon Arbitration Week

03/05/2022 Yaoundé Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Role of Young Arbitrators and associations

For more information, see the programme

43ème Mensuelle Africaine – Les Nouvelles Routes de la Soie en Afrique (Belt and Road Initiative) : actualité et perspectives ?

Barreau de Paris/Inter-Pacific Bar Association

07/04/2022 Webinar Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Les différends liés à la BRI en Afrique

For more information, see the programme

African Society of International Law 10th Conference

African and International Trade Law – BRI disputes and their impact on China-Africa Trade

30/10/2021 Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Belt and Road and Africa Commissions Joint Series: Chinese Investments in Africa

BRI economic activity in Africa that could give rise to disputes

01/06/2021 Baptiste Rigaudeau Panel Moderator

For more information, see the programme.

African Arbitration Association

Belt and Road Initiative: What it Means for Dispute Resolution in Africa

16/04/2021 Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker

For more information, please see the programme.

Young ITA talks – UK and Continental Europe – After Brexit: Arbitration in the Civil and Common Law Worlds at a Crossroads

Young ITA (Institute of Transnational Arbitration)

11/12/2020 Baptiste Rigaudeau Group discussion Leader and Panelist


Arbitration and the Belt and Road Initiative: the ICC experience and ISDS

27/10/2020 Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker

Legal Doctrine

La protection des investissements et Belt and Road africaine

09/06/2020 Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker

For more information, see the programme.

The Society of Construction Law and University College Dublin

Salient issues in Construction Law and Investor-State Dispute Settlement

03/03/2020 Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker

International Wine Law Association

Annual Conference: Wine Law for a New Generation

22/07/2019 Lausanne Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Foreign Investment Protection in the Wine Sector

For more information, see the programme.

Webster University, Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Indian Embassy in Switzerland

Doing Business with India

10/04/2019 Geneva Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Managing risks in India

For more information, see the programme.

Invest HK, Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Investments Protection

27/11/2018 Geneva Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Investment Protection around the Belt and Road Initiative

For more information, see the programme.

Ukrainian Arbitration Association (UAA) and Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) Students League

5th Arbitration School

10/05/2017 Kiev Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Construction Arbitration

African Jurists’ International Network (RIJA – Réseau International des Juristes Africanistes)

Roundtable on how to reform the international investment’s legal framework in Africa

13/01/2017 Paris Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Reform of the Investment Arbitration System in Africa


Regulation of Counsel’s Ethics in International Arbitration

17/11/2016 Kiev Baptiste Rigaudeau Speaker: Debating on arbitration client’s right to choose Counsel freely

Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Korean Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy and the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center

Investor-State Dispute Settlement Seminar

09/08/2014 Seoul Baptiste Rigaudeau Panel Commentator
Baptiste Rigaudeau Lecturer

2021 - current

Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne
Master 2 Droits Africains
Topic: L’impact de la Belt and Road Initiative en Afrique

Baptiste Rigaudeau Lecturer

2020 - current

Paris Bar School (Ecole de Formation des Barreaux de Paris)
Advanced Program on Investment Arbitration
Topic: Environmental Issues in Investment Arbitration

Baptiste Rigaudeau Visiting Lecturer


International Law LLM, City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR)
Topic: Environmental Issues in Investment Arbitration