Public International Law

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We operate in the real world: as one of the only firms with experts in a broad range of international law issues across a global network, we find pragmatic solutions to the trickiest international law problems.

Understanding the political and international law issues at play and the commercial realities our clients face allows us to best advise on their highest profile and most complex matters.

In addition to our investment protection and investor-state arbitration representations, our experts provide focused legal and strategic advice across the full spectrum of pure public international law issues, including within the following areas:

 

 

The strength of our practice is demonstrated by a deep bench of experienced practitioners across our global network. We have over 20 partners specialising in Public International Law, many of whom have public, as well as private, sector experience.

 

PIL NOTES

Find the latest developments on investment arbitration, state immunity, boundaries and delimitation, international human rights and sanctions

SANCTIONS NOTES

Find the latest developments on sanctions

Recent Experience

THE REPUBLIC OF CHILE

Representing The Republic of Chile in the landmark case on the law of sovereign immunity before the UK House of Lords in Ex Parte Pinochet (No. 3) [1999] 2 WLR 827

A CONFIDENTIAL CLIENT

Representing a confidential client in an arbitration against a South-East Asian State resulting from a disputed maritime boundary. The claim involved allegations that the State had warranted that the relevant waters, later disputed by a neighbouring State, were within its exclusive economic zone.  The maritime boundary dispute raised issues concerning the status of and sovereignty over certain islands and this impact of this on the maritime boundary

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Advising on several LCIA arbitrations against Canada on imports of softwood lumber to the United States.

Government of Malaysia

Representing in a successful US$1.2 billion arbitration against the Republic of Singapore concerning the interpretation of a bilateral treaty, conducted under the Permanent Court of Arbitration Optional Rules for Arbitrating Disputes Between Two States 

Multi-national energy companies

Advising on the commercial and international law implications of instability in Iraq, including in relation to a possible declaration of independence by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Bangladesh

Advising on its maritime boundary disputes with Myanmar and India

Accolades

… it is reassuring to have people who know the culture, economics and political dynamics of a country and advise based on that...
CHAMBERS UK 2020: PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
Top-tier lawyers, excellent experience.
LEGAL 500 UK 2020: PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
A sought-after group offering deep expertise across the PIL field to an impressive roster of states and multinational companies.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2020: PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
Widely respected for its work assisting multinational organisations, state-owned entities and states with the full range of public international law matters...
CHAMBERS & PARTNERS UK 2020: PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
Inside Arbitration
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This publication, Inside Arbitration, is intended to give our clients that personal insight by sharing with you the perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe. Our articles look at the global landscape for disputes and dispute resolution, commenting on regional trends in particular markets or sectors or identifying future trends. We also focus on particular points of interest arising from our cases with wider relevance and how, practically, we addressed those issues, often by combining the skills of our practitioners across our global network. There are interview pieces aimed at drawing out some of the truly unique skills and backgrounds of our partners. Finally, we aim to take advantage of our contacts across the global arbitration market to bring our clients the inside track from regional and international institutions.

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