Overview

Foley Hoag, recognized around the world for its expertise in Public International Law and representation of sovereign States, has a Special Practice Group dedicated to serving States and their Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

Foley Hoag is consistently ranked in the top tier of international law firms specializing in Public International Law and representation of Sovereign States. In 2019, Chambers Global included Foley Hoag in Band One, its highest ranking, for the seventh consecutive year. It is one of only three law firms worldwide to enjoy that distinction.

Foley Hoag serves as counsel to States in disputes before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and other international courts and arbitral tribunals. It also represents States and their Permanent Missions, Embassies and Consulates in litigation before the U.S. courts, obtaining dismissals of most cases on foreign sovereign immunity grounds.

The firm’s United Nations Practice Group focuses on providing legal advice to States on United Nations matters, including matters before the Security Council, General Assembly, Sixth Committee to the General Assembly (Legal Affairs), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and other specialized UN bodies.

The group is led by chair Christina Hioureas, who, before joining the firm, served as legal adviser to a UN Member State and represented that State on the Sixth Committee (Legal Affairs).

The firm and its attorneys have advised or represented over 60 States, from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe. Its 280 lawyers are based in four offices: New York, Washington, Boston and Paris.