Public International Law

Practical advice for real world situations

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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

A consortium of international oil companies

Advising on their rights under public international law, national and international investment law in respect of contracts granted by the Republic of the Sudan over oil and gas reserves located wholly or partially within South Sudan

an Asian offshore contractor

Advising in a dispute arising out of US, UN and EU sanctions and the terms upon which it can withdraw from Iran

Government of Spain

Successfully representing in arbitration proceedings commenced by 16 investment funds based on alleged violations of the protections in the Energy Charter Treaty 

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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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