Robert Kovacs

Special Counsel

Robert is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team.

Dr Robert Kovacs specialises in public international law, international arbitration and business and human rights. He has represented individuals, companies, States, and State-owned entities in international disputes across a range of sectors, including energy, mining, construction, banking, mergers and acquisitions, sport, property and technology. He has a focus on Europe, Asia-Pacific and MENA.

Robert holds a PhD in international law, is the former Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration and is a senior fellow at the Melbourne University Law School.

Secretary Christine Woodroffe

Track record




Representing a Chinese company in an ad hoc investor treaty arbitration against an African State

Representing the Republic of Croatia in multiple ICSID arbitrations brought by Austrian companies concerning the banking sector

Representing a Dutch company in an ICSID arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela relating to the expropriation of a manufacturing facility

Victoria, Australia, 2008

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Transnational Regulation and Dispute Resolution, Withers and British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2021, co-author.

UAE in J. Fouret (ed.), Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards (Globe Law and Business, 2015), co-author.

The Law is What the Arbitrator Had for Breakfast: How Income, Reputation, Justice, and Reprimand Act as Determinants of Arbitrator Behaviour, in J.C. Betancourt (ed.), Selected Topics in International Arbitration – Liber Amicorum for the 100th Anniversary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Oxford University Press, 2015), co-author.

Young ICCA

Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration

International Insolvency Institute

Law Institute of Victoria

Me in a minute

I specialise in international arbitration, public international law and business and human rights.

I regularly advise States and foreign investors in relation to investment treaty protections, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

I love the challenges of practicing in international law. International disputes require detailed knowledge of the principles of international law but also require strategic planning, investigative analysis and understanding of the broader commercial and geo-political dynamics at issue.

Probably my highest profile case was acting for the Government of a European State having claims being challenged by a number banks in relation to industry-wide banking reforms.



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