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Public International Law

Our clients are multinational corporations, sovereign states and international organisations, engaged in cross-border trade, projects and business cooperation.

Public international law is of increasing relevance to our clients, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. Examples of our work in this field are set out below.

Public international law (Advisory)

  • Negotiating, drafting and acceding to treaties
  • Negotiating and drafting inter-governmental and host government agreements concerning cross-border trade, investment and cooperation
  • Cross-border project finance and infrastructure projects
  • Structuring cross-border investments
  • International investment law protection for investments abroad
  • Rights and obligations under international trade law agreements, international intellectual property law agreements, international environmental law agreements, and international human rights law agreements

  • International anti-corruption laws
  • Boundary disputes and rights to resources straddling borders
  • International sanctions
  • The immunity of sovereigns and state entities
  • Sovereign debt and restructurings

Public international law (Disputes)

  • International arbitration under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty before International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and other international arbitral tribunals
  • Disputes before World Trade Organisation panels and the WTO Appellate Body
  • Disputes before World Intellectual Property Organisation tribunals

Recognition for our work

  • "A very strong practice." (Public international law, Chambers UK 2014)

  • “Allen & Overy LLP has a team of ‘very experienced and talented lawyers’.” (Public international law, Legal 500 UK 2013)

Judith Gill QC

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Jeffrey Sullivan

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Mark Levy

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Philip Wood QC (hon)

Special Global Counsel
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Paul Griffin

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Gareth Price

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