London Conference on International Law Sponsors 2024

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Clifford Chance

International law sits at the heart of the most pressing global challenges facing the world today – and offers some of the most significant and promising solutions. It has also become increasingly relevant to every cross-border activity and any public or private sector entity involved in trans-national trade, commerce and investment. In an increasingly globalised world, the need to understand developments in international law and impact of international regulation has become more important than ever.

Clifford Chance’s Public International Law group comprises a global team of specialist lawyers with experience working in governments and international organisations as well as commercial practice. For over 40 years we have advised corporations, States, international organisations and individuals on international law disputes, the complex and far-reaching effects of public and private international law, and international regulation and enforcement. We represent states and corporates in international courts and tribunals, advise on key strategic issues for states in international and domestic courts, and advise on all areas of international law.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices and a global perspective. More than 900 lawyers work in nine offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world. In the last year, our teams advised on matters in more than 90 countries.

The firm’s Public International Law Group is widely regarded as one of the world’s best. Members of the team have experience at the most senior levels of government, business, international organizations, and NGOs.

The team handles matters of unmatched significance, complexity and diversity. Lawyers in the group have extensive experience in treaty interpretation and enforcement before international courts and tribunals. The team also has broad experience in litigating issues of public international law arising before domestic courts.

Fietta LLP

Fietta LLP is one of the world’s leading public international law and international investment disputes practices. We provide sovereign States and private clients globally with specialist legal support and representation, effective advocacy and unwavering commitment. We are trial lawyers with a track record of winning treaty cases. We have won landmark victories in pioneering public international law disputes involving multi-billion dollar foreign investments, territorial disputes, the law of the sea and international environmental law. We regularly advise sovereign clients on the highest profile public international law issues globally.

Our team is top-ranked in the leading global legal directories. Legal 500 2024 ranks Fietta LLP as a top tier firm in public international law, describing us as “probably the best public international law and investment arbitration firm in the UK”. The firm is also top-ranked in Chambers UK 2024, which describes Fietta LLP as “one of the elite firms” in public international law. Stephen Fietta KC is ranked in Chambers UK 2024 as a ‘Star Individual’ in public international law and is top-ranked for public international law in Legal500; while other senior members of the team are also recognised by global legal directories for their expertise in public international law and international arbitration.

Foley Hoag

Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration practice is unique among law firms. In addition to its highly-renowned public international law practice, the firm boasts sophisticated international investment and international commercial arbitration practices that handle complex and high-volume controversies from its offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and Paris. It also has a first-of-its-kind United Nations (UN) Practice Group, advising States on matters before the UN. The firm also represents clients before American, French, and other domestic courts in matters related to sovereign immunities and international arbitration, including recognition, enforcement and set aside of arbitral awards.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills offers specialists in a broad range of international law issues across our global network. We operate in the real world: our practitioners specialise 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:

  • Investment protection and treaty disputes;
  • International boundary disputes and law of the sea;
  • Cross border resources deposits and exploitation in disputed areas;
  • Immunity of states and international organisations;
  • State recognition, secession and succession;
  • Climate change and international environmental and energy law;
  • International trade law and World Trade Organisation issues;
  • Sanctions and export control; and
  • International human rights and corporate social responsibility.

White & Case

White & Case is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 44 offices across 30 countries. Among the first US-based law firms to establish a truly global presence, we provide counsel and representation in virtually every area of law that affects cross-border business. Our on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help our clients work with confidence in any one market or across many. Our lawyers around the world are accustomed to translating creative solutions from one region or market to the realities of other regions or markets. Our Firm’s network is built to provide clients with comprehensive legal advice efficiently and effectively across the globe. We navigate both local laws and cross-border legal matters that require extensive coordination among numerous markets and legal regimes. In 2022, we worked with clients from 115 countries on matters involving 195 countries. We work with some of the worlds most respected and well-established businesses, governments and state-owned entities.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is known for its unrivalled experience and success acting in public international law disputes. The firm has an unparalleled track record on behalf of sovereign clients in investment treaty arbitrations, and has secured a larger number of positive outcomes for States in investor-State arbitrations than any other firm in the world (see our brochure). Arnold & Porter’s unique team of practitioners, former senior government and international officials, thought leaders, and arbitrators also has extensive experience in disputes before the International Court of Justice, international human rights tribunals, WTO dispute settlement bodies, and national courts. The firm regularly advises States, international organisations, and private clients on a wide range of public international law matters, including treaty negotiations, enforcement of investment treaty awards, the protection of foreign investments in armed conflicts, sovereign and diplomatic immunities, human rights, national security, international environmental law, sanctions, and international humanitarian law.

The British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is the recognised National Red Cross Society for the UK and a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Like other National Societies, it is an auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field.

The British Red Cross has a recognised role working with the UK public authorities in the dissemination and implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) and in protecting the integrity of the red cross, red crescent and red crystal emblems. This is one of the unique aspects of the organisation. The British Red Cross is a member of the UK National Committee on IHL, and works with UK government departments, HM Forces and other institutions on a range of IHL matters, providing advice, training and assistance.

The British Red Cross has a partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in maintaining their online Customary IHL database, undertaken by a research team based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge.

Operationally, the British Red Cross delivers humanitarian services in the UK, and overseas in partnership with other Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations. We support the organisational development of sister National Societies through the provision of bilateral advice, and through support to informal regional networks of National Society legal advisers, and participation in Movement initiatives and projects.

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a leading set of barristers’ chambers, specialising in commercial and financial litigation, arbitration, public law and public international law.

Members of Chambers are recognised specialists in all areas of commercial law and handle disputes across the full spectrum of the business and financial world, including banking & finance, civil fraud, corporate/chancery & offshore, insurance & reinsurance, energy, trade, shipping, revenue, and employment.

The barristers at Essex Court Chambers advise and act in disputes both in the UK and worldwide. They have a reputation for exceptional talent, top-class advocacy and a client-oriented approach.

Official Silver Sponsor - Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers

Matrix is at the forefront of modern private and public international law, with particular expertise in human rights, environment, law of the sea, and investment arbitration.

Members are instructed in ongoing human rights cases at the ICJ (including two of three Genocide Convention cases), Strasbourg, the IACtHR, the UN Human Rights Committee, and the Committee Against Torture. Our team is pursuing civil claims for human rights abuses by Tanzanian mine owners, Malawian tea plantation owners, and the owners of Colombian oil and gas interests.

In environmental law, our members lead a range of climate change cases, including advisory proceedings in the ICJ, ITLOS and the IACtHR, and contentious cases before Strasbourg and the Human Rights Committee. Our team is involved in advising on the emerging legal framework for deep sea mining and on the global plastics treaty. And our members are pursuing innovative claims for damages for environmental pollution by UK domiciled companies abroad.

Beyond that, we are regularly instructed in investment arbitrations, boundary and delimitation disputes and a range of other contentious and non-contentious matters.

Official Silver Sponsor - 3VB

Three Verulam Buildings Barristers

3VB is recognised as one of the premier global sets for public international law matters, handling an impressive roster of significant sovereign disputes across the world, including in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Its members have wide ranging experience across all areas of public international law, and are experienced advisors of states, corporations and international organizations on their rights and obligations on the international plane.

Members of 3VB provide specialist advocacy and advisory services worldwide in all areas of commercial and financial litigation, dispute resolution and international arbitration.

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is a leading commercial set of barristers’ chambers that has been at the forefront of public international law for over 70 years.

Current members have built on the legacy of such luminaries as Lord Arnold McNair, Sir Francis Vallat, Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, Sir Arthur Watts, Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, and Professor David Caron. Our members have outstanding reputations and experience advising and representing States, governments, corporations, individuals and NGOs across the full spectrum of public international law. They appear regularly before a wide range of international forums, including the International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Iran-US Claims Tribunal, European Court of Human Rights, investor–State tribunals, ICSID annulment panels, and WTO panels and Appellate Body.

Twenty Essex members have been front and centre in some of the most exciting and significant public international law cases over the last year including in, arguably, the most important case brought by Ukraine against the Russian Federation (Ukraine v Russian Federation) and the first international case in which a State has been held internationally responsible for its failure to address climate change (Torres Strait Islanders v Australia).

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Official Academic Sponsor - Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world’s leading university press with the widest global presence. Our academic publishing programme serves scholars, teachers and researchers, publishing important and rigorous research and scholarship across subject areas stretching from History to Life Sciences to Economics.

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