Caroline Kelly's practice focuses on international dispute resolution, including representing sovereign States in investment treaty arbitrations and multinational corporations in international commercial arbitrations. Ms. Kelly has experience representing clients in arbitrations before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), and under the UNCITRAL Rules. Ms. Kelly advises clients on a range of international legal matters, including treaty interpretation and diplomatic relations. She also has experience in domestic litigation and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Ms. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Global Law Scholar and served as Executive Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law. Upon graduation, Ms. Kelly was elected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, Ms. Kelly interned at the Office of International Affairs within the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice and represented an individual in asylum proceedings through the Center for Applied Legal Studies.


  • Represented the Republic of Chile in the long-standing Pey Casado arbitration (two separate proceedings under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules).
  • Represented the Republic of Bulgaria in an investment treaty dispute concerning the banking sector (ICSID).
  • Representing the Republic of Panama in an investment treaty dispute concerning power transmission lines (ICSID).
  • Represented European airframe manufacturer in international arbitration concerning product safety (ICDR Rules).
  • Representing microcontroller manufacturer in international arbitration concerning product safety in the automotive sector (ICC Rules).
  • Representing the Federated States of Micronesia on its relationship with the United States and other matters.


Investment Treaty Arbitration 2021: Panama (pdf)
GAR Insight
Investment Treaty Arbitration 2019: Panama (pdf)
GAR Insight
International Arbitration (USA) 2019
Chambers Global Practice Guide
Investment Treaty Arbitration 2018: Panama (pdf)
GAR Insight


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA, International Studies, Boston College, 2014, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • District of Columbia

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