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About Yaye Diabaté

Yaye is an associate in our International Arbitration Group and a member of our Global Projects Disputes Practice, specialized in both commercial and investment disputes.

She acts as counsel for companies and State-owned entities in international arbitrations under all major international arbitration rules, including the Rules of ICSID and ICC, particularly in disputes related to construction and engineering, energy, oil & gas and public international law. Yaye also advises companies in pre-contentious matters.

Yaye speaks English and French.

Recent work

  • Representing Akfel Commodities in its ICSID arbitration against Turkey relating to its investment in the Turkish natural gas and energy sector;
  • Representing an international consortium of contractors in ICC arbitration proceedings brought against a project owner in relation to an EPC contract for the construction of an ammonia and urea plant in Algeria.
  • Representing a major oil and gas company in relation to multi-billion dollar defect claims arising from the design of an onshore gas processing facility in Australia.


University education

  • Comparative and International Dispute Resolution, LLM, Queen Mary University, London, UK
  • Arbitration and International Business Law, Master Degree, University of Versailles, France
  • International Law, Master Degree, University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • International Law, LLB, University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, France

Professional qualifications

  • Paris Bar