Robert Garden’s practice focuses on international arbitration, including commercial and investor-State disputes, and public international law.

He also frequently advises clients on matters related to sustainability and business and human rights.

Robert joined the firm in 2017 and was resident in the firm’s London office until 2019.

Selected Activities

  • Lecturer at the Ecole de formation professionnelle des Barreaux de la Cour d’Appel de Paris (international arbitration)


Action Filed in UK Against Shell’s Board Members Regarding Management of Climate Risk,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, February 22, 2023

Eco Oro v Colombia: The Brave New World of Environmental Exceptions,” ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal, Oxford University Press, August 26, 2022 

OECD National Contact Point Specific Instances: When ‘Soft Law’ Bites?,” Journal of International Dispute Settlement, Oxford University Press, August 8, 2022 

Amended ICSID Arbitration Rules Enter Into Force,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, July 15, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Applicability of Section 1782 Discovery Statute With Respect to Private Commercial and Treaty Arbitrations,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, June 15, 2022

A Social Taxonomy for Europe: Extending the EU ESG Framework to Socially Sustainable Activities and Companies’ Corporate Governance, Cleary Gottlieb, March 15, 2022

Investor-State Arbitration in the Energy Sector Likely as Green Transition Accelerates, Cleary Gottlieb, February 9, 2022

Climate Change Litigation: Corporates at Risk, Cleary Gottlieb, January 13, 2022

Sustainability Policy Remains Center Stage in Europe, Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2022, January 11, 2022

Confirmation of English Law Approach to Law Governing the Validity of the Arbitration Agreement, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, December 22, 2021

MNSS B.V and Recupero Credito Acciaio N.V. v. Montenegro: Case Summary and Digest, ICSID Reports, Vol. 19, Cambridge University Press, November 2021

The European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ Legislative Package to Meet 2030 Emissions Target, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, August 16, 2021 

Provisional Agreement on European Climate Law, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, April 27, 2021

Recent Developments in Business and Human Rights Frameworks in Europe, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum January 12, 2021

COVID-19: Public Health Emergency Measures and State Defenses in International Investment Law, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, April 28, 2020

Airbus Enters Into a Coordinated Resolution of Foreign Bribery Investigation With U.S., UK, and French Authorities for a Total of €3.6 Billion, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, February 19, 2020

The Launch of the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, January 29, 2020

Uzbekistan Internationalizes Legal Landscape to Entice Foreign Investors (with M. Fisher), Eurasianet, November 29, 2019

Provisional Measures in International Arbitration (with A. Rosenberg), International Business Law Journal, August 27, 2019