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Pauline Ernste Senior Associate

Pauline Ernste is a senior associate in the NautaDutilh's Dispute Resolution practice group. She specialised in domestic and international arbitration under a variety of arbitration rules and regularly acts as counsel in arbitration related court proceedings. Pauline is particularly skilled in complex court proceedings on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, and the setting aside of arbitral awards.

Recent matters that Pauline handled include representing and advising:

  • an oil & gas company in setting aside proceedings in relation to an UNCITRAL arbitral award rendered against the Republic of Ecuador in an investment arbitration;
  • Moldova-based investors in enforcement proceedings in relation to an SCC arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan in an Energy Charter Treaty investment arbitration;
  • a Liechtenstein company in enforcement proceedings in relation to an ad hoc arbitral award rendered against the Czech Republic in a commercial arbitration; 
  • a Swiss company in setting aside proceedings in relation to a NAI arbitral award against an American company in a commercial arbitration; and
  • a Dutch municipality in a NAI arbitration against a real estate developer.

Pauline graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2006. She holds a Masters' degree in Dutch Private Law and Dutch Criminal Law. In 2012, Pauline obtained her Doctorate at Radboud University Nijmegen with a thesis on binding third-party ruling (bindend advies).

Alongside her legal practice, Pauline is a Deputy Justice at the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal. Furthermore, Pauline is researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She frequently publishes on topics in the field of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Pauline is editor of TCR (Tijdschrift Civiele Rechtspleging), which is the Netherlands leading journal on litigation. In addition, Pauline regularly lectures to fellow legal practitioners and students.

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