Clara Brillembourg specializes in counseling sovereign States in international disputes against other States, foreign investors and U.S. plaintiffs.
Clara was honored with the 2021 “MVP of the Year” Award for International Arbitration by Law 360. The same year she was awarded “Pro Bono Team of the Year” by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). In 2020, she and her colleagues in the International Litigation and Arbitration Department were awarded “Firm of the Year” by both Law 360 and Jus Mundi. She has been ranked among the top 35 women attorneys in international arbitration by Latinvex for 6 consecutive years. She has also been recognized as a leader in international arbitration by Who’s Who Arbitration, Chambers, Global Arbitration Review, and Legal 500.
In her public international law practice, she has successfully represented States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in disputes involving territorial rights, human rights and environmental harm, including Ecuador v. Colombia (concerning harms caused by aerial spraying of herbicides), Georgia v. Russia (concerning ethnic cleansing in Abkhazia and South Ossetia), and Uruguay v. Argentina (regarding international environmental protection and sustainable development). She also has substantial experience counseling States in maritime boundary disputes before the ICJ, UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunals, and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). Recent cases include Ghana v. Cȏte d’Ivoire (ITLOS Special Chamber), Bangladesh v. Myanmar (ITLOS), Bangladesh v. India (PCA, Annex VII), and Nicaragua v. Colombia (ICJ).More »