Charles Nairac is a partner of White & Case LLP, specialised in international arbitration, based in the firm’s Paris office. He concentrates on international commercial and investment arbitration, focusing on the construction and energy industries. He has been involved in arbitrations under most of the major institutional rules as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, in English and in French.
Charles’ work as arbitration counsel is recognised in leading legal directories such as the International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, Chambers, Legal 500, the GAR 100 and PLC.
A citizen of Mauritius, France and the United Kingdom, Charles graduated with an LLB from King’s College, London in 1996. He also holds a Maîtrise en Droit from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1996) and a postgraduate degree in international law from Université de Paris II (1997). He is a member of the Paris Bar.
He teaches international arbitration at Université de Paris I, Université de Paris II and Sciences-Po Paris, and is a faculty member of the International Construction Contracts postgraduate course at Université de Paris II.
He also served as a member of “Task Group 10”, a joint working group of FIDIC and the International Tunneling Association, responsible for the drafting of the FIDIC contract for underground works (the “Emerald Book”).
Prior to joining White & Case in 2001, Charles worked as in-house legal adviser for a French bank in Singapore, providing legal support for the bank’s corporate banking and project finance activities.