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Rutger Metsch

Rutger Metsch


Rutger is an associate specialising in international arbitration.  



Rutger specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and has acted in arbitrations under the LCIA, ICSID and SIAC rules as well as in ad hoc cases (including under the UNCITRAL rules). He is currently based in London and has previously spent six months on secondment with the international arbitration group in our Hong Kong office.

Rutger is an Associate Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, where he teaches the module Strategic Decision Making for Lawyers in the LLM and Law & Finance programmes. He is also a member of our Decision Analysis team and has experience building decision analysis models to help clients quantify, visualise and better understand the legal risks they are facing.

Rutger’s recent experience includes acting for and advising:

  • a telecommunications conglomerate in relation to investment treaty claims against an Asian State
  • a Korean shipbuilding company on an LCIA arbitration regarding an indemnity for patent infringement
  • a client in the cryptocurrency industry in relation to UNCITRAL proceedings arising out of a series A investment round
  • an Australian construction firm in a mediation and ad hoc arbitration arising out of the sale of a business unit
  • a client in the hospitality industry in relation to potential arbitration proceedings concerning properties in the Maldives


Rutger holds an LLB (Honours) in International and European Law from the University of Groningen and an LLM (Distinction) in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is fluent in Dutch and English.