Foley Hoag Attorneys Constantinos Salonidis and Joseph Klingler to Teach Course on Treaty Interpretation

October 29, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP partner Constantinos Salonidis and associate Joseph Klingler will teach a course on “Treaty Interpretation” and a workshop on Professional Ethics in International Litigation and Arbitration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, starting November 1, 2021. The course will explore treaty interpretation in theory and practice, focusing on the rules codified in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Students will be able to apply the rules, and understand and be able to discuss the task of treaty interpretation, and the inevitability of challenges and criticisms levelled against the task. The workshop will examine the professional and ethical standards that apply to government lawyers, external counsel, and adjudicators in international litigation and arbitration, and confront students with practical examples putting them to the test.

Salonidis is a partner and Deputy Chair of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Department. His practice focuses on international dispute resolution before the International Court of Justice and arbitration panels administered under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Arbitration Rules. The 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration hails Constantinos for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of all things international law” and as a “true craftsman in the presentation of legal arguments,” and the 2021 edition of Legal 500—USA (International Arbitration) recognizes him for his “outstanding knowledge and understanding of the international arbitration / international law landscape and its actors,” and as an “exceptional solution-driven strategist."

Klingler is a member of the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration Department. His practice focuses on the representation of sovereign States and State-owned entities before the world's principal dispute resolution bodies, including the International Court of Justice and arbitration panels administered under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He was recently named by Legal500 as a key lawyer in its Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration publication for 2021.

Salonidis and Klingler have both published extensively on matters of international law. The course follows their co-editing a volume on treaty interpretation, titled “Between the Lines of the Vienna Convention?: Canons and Other Principles of Interpretation in Public International Law,” with Foley Hoag attorney Yuri Parkhomenko. The volume, published in 2018, was reviewed in the prestigious European Journal of International Law. 

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