Market-leading firm in State-to-State and investor-State disputes
Our team has extensive legal experience in the representation of Sovereign States in matters involving public international law. Besides our world renowned practice before the International Court of Justice, our public international law practice includes litigation before the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea, representation in inter-State arbitration under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and in other international settings, Investor-State Arbitration before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the other principal arbitral fora around the world, and litigation before the national courts of the United States, France and Belgium.
In addition to representation in adversarial proceedings, our attorneys regularly assist States in the mediation and conciliation of disputes, and in negotiation of agreements with other States and foreign investors.
Chambers and Partners has ranked our team in Band 1 in the Public International Law category for 11 years in a row, only one of three firms to deserve that recognition. Chambers has described our team as “one of the world’s most respected and experienced groups of lawyers practicing international law” and praised us for being “the counsel of choice for sovereign states on issues such as international treaties, international investment law and dispute resolution, delimitation of maritime and land boundaries, sovereign and diplomatic privileges and immunities, international environmental law, the use of force and the law of armed conflict, international trade and sanctions, and human rights."
The diversity of our team is of our greatest strengths. Per a market source, “the team consists of attorneys with different educational and cultural backgrounds which fruitfully contributes to their understanding of highly complex disputes involving sovereign states."