Love Robert Benton

Category
International Mediators

Ben has acted as both counsel and tribunal secretary in over 40 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, with a particular focus on the energy sector.

He has extensive experience in arbitrations against Latin American States, and his recent mandates include representing investors in multi-billion dollar arbitrations against Egypt and its State entities arising out of the Peace Pipeline project, securing favourable awards for Total and Suez in their ICSID arbitrations against Argentina, and defending Saint Lucia in ICSID arbitration and annulment proceedings involving the oil and gas sector.

In addition to his work as counsel, Ben serves on the Peer Review Board of the ICSID Review, the editorial board of International Legal Materials, and the International Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He publishes and speaks frequently on international law and international arbitration, including as co-author, with Noah Rubins, of a forthcoming monograph entitled Provisional Measures in Investment Treaty Arbitration.

Ben was featured as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in Who’s Who Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017.

    “Ben Love offers ‘multi-jurisdictional experience coupled with excellent and tireless advocacy.  Ben receives my highest recommendation; he will be a leader in this field no doubt.’”

    Who’s Who Legal (2017)

His recent experience includes advising:

  • the Government of Saint Lucia in the merits and annulment phases of an ICSID case regarding the offshore exploration for oil and gas and claims related to maritime boundaries, which resulted in the first ever dismissal with prejudice for failure to post security for costs in ICSID history;
  • Total in an ICSID arbitration involving the upstream oil and gas, electricity, and gas transportation sectors, which resulted in the largest single arbitration award ever rendered against Argentina and a complete dismissal of Argentina’s application for annulment;
  • Rusoro in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Venezuela for the expropriation of a gold mine, which resulted in a US$1.2 billion award;
  • East Mediterranean Gas and its foreign shareholders in multi-billion dollar ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, and CRCICA arbitrations against Egypt and Egyptian State entities involving the termination of gas supply from Egypt to Israel, which has thus far resulted in an ICC award for over US$2 billion and ground-breaking jurisdictional and liability decisions;
  • East Mediterranean Gas in two arbitrations against KT Kinetics and KT Star concerning pipeline services contracts;
  • Suez and Vivendi in the annulment phase of an ICSID arbitration in a successful attempt to protect their award against Argentina in connection with investments in water concessions, which resulted in a complete dismissal of Argentina’s application for annulment;
  • Suez and its affiliates in the annulment phase of a second ICSID arbitration to protect their award against Argentina in connection with investments in water concessions;
  • Tenaris and Talta in the annulment phases of two ICSID arbitrations to protect their awards against Venezuela in connection with investments in steel pipe production for the oil and gas industry;
  • Vestey in the annulment phase of an ICSID arbitration to protect its award against Venezuela in connection with an investment in the cattle farming business; and
  • Glencore in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia for measures taken against coal mining assets.

Qualified to practice in New York and Texas, Ben speaks English and French, reads Spanish, and holds law degrees from the University of Texas and Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.