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Noah Rubins


Noah is a partner in the dispute resolution team in Paris and heads the worldwide Russia/CIS dispute resolution group.





Noah is highly regarded for complex, cross-border disputes and has an impressive track record in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitration.
He is one of a handful of non-Russian international arbitration specialists who speaks Russian fluently, and he has an in-depth knowledge of the cultures and business practices in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
As head of our CIS/Russia dispute resolution group, Noah has represented clients in relation to disputes in Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and many other countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His work in the region has equipped him with a unique perspective on the local market and an in-depth knowledge of the regional considerations in commercial and investment disputes. He has represented both private and public entities in a variety of high profile investment and commercial disputes across the region, particularly in the energy, infrastructure and machinery sectors.
He advises and represents clients in arbitrations under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), ICSID Additional Facility, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association, Stockholm Arbitration Institute, and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules.
He is widely published on arbitration. His books include International Investment Political Risk and Dispute Resolution: a Practitioner’s Guide (with Kinsella).
Noah is global professor of law at the University of Dundee.

Noah is also our country partner for  Israel.

“Widely viewed as a rising star, Noah Rubins focuses on international arbitration. This Harvard graduate offers impressive international experience, and he has lately made a name for himself handling heavyweight disputes in the CIS, aided by his Russian language skills.”
Chambers UK 2012

Recent deals/Highlights

  • Acting for foreign investors against the Czech government relating to the withdrawal of regulatory support for solar energy projects;
  • Acting for the Republic of Turkey in three Energy Charter Treaty cases against Cypriot company Libananco. In the most recent victory, Turkey was awarded a record $15 million in costs;
  • Acting for the State of Ukraine in an arbitration arising out of the country’s first production-sharing agreement.

Career to date

Noah worked for the US State Department in Moscow, in the NGO sector in Kyrgyzstan, and for law firms in the US and Turkey before joining Freshfields in Paris in 2004. He became a partner in 2010.

Qualifications and education

A member of the Bars of New York, Texas and the District of Columbia.

MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Dispute resolution and public international law)
JD, Harvard Law School.
AB, Brown University (International relations


English, French, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and some Turkish

  • Paris

  • 2 rue Paul Cézanne
  • 75008 Paris
  • T +33 1 44 56 44 56
  • F +33 1 44 56 44 00

    Direct line
    T +33 1 44 56 29 12
    F +33 1 73 04 29 12

  • noah.rubins@freshfields.com
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