William Kirtley, Aceris Law SARL
A Franco-American Harvard, Columbia and Sorbonne-trained lawyer, with a decade of experience focusing on international arbitration (commercial and investment), mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), William Kirtley has a diverse international clientele ranging from individuals and family-owned companies to large multinationals and public entities. He advises his clients on institutional arbitral proceedings (primarily ICC, ICSID, LCIA, CICA, ECT and AFA), as well as ad hoc proceedings (frequently UNCITRAL) under common law, civil law and hybrid legal regimes, while also serving as counsel on pure public international law matters.
William, who also serves as a consultant for the World Bank with respect to legal reform in the developing world and is admitted to the list of arbitrators of the ICC’s French and American National Committees, previously served as legal counsel at various branches of the United Nations (UNDPA, UNHCR, UNICTR) and practiced law at the international arbitration practice groups of Shearman & Sterling in New York and Paris, Dentons (formerly Salans) and Lazareff Le Bars, following his two-year service in the American Peace Corps in M’Bahiakro, Côte d’Ivoire.
He has authored numerous articles in leading journals such as Kluwer’s Journal of International Arbitration and the ICSID Review, on varied topics such as French arbitration law, arbitration in Africa, discovery, third-party funding, security for costs, the status of the Report of the Executive Directors on the ICSID Convention and the legality under international law of Australia’s refugee policy, and he regularly speaks on international arbitration topics and lectures at the University of Paris X.
His full c.v. is available here.