Foley Hoag LLP

Public International Law Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading public international law practice with a wealth of experience in inter-state arbitrations. Holds an impressive track record before the ICJ, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and other forums, in disputes relating to boundary delimitation, sovereignty rights and armed conflict. Earns further recognition for its excellent experience advocating for states in investment treaty and human rights arbitrations. Also highlighted for its dedicated United Nations practice, offering advice and representation to sovereigns before UN bodies. Operates principally from Washington, DC, Boston, New York and Paris.

Strengths One source enthused: "Foley Hoag LLP stands out because of its high level of competence and admirable record of cases handled and won. From my perspective, with regard to Law of the Sea issues, there is no other law firm better than Foley Hoag."

Another interviewee noted: "Their performance is stellar, unequalled and impeccable. Their attention to detail, grasp of principles, team spirit, willingness to understand the peculiarities of developing country government needs, and customer care set them apart."

Work highlights Prevailed on behalf of the Republic of Ghana before ITLOS in a maritime boundary delimitation dispute against Côte d'Ivoire concerning offshore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Guinea.

Represented the Republic of Uganda against the Democratic Republic of Congo in an ICJ dispute over reparations claims resulting from the years of armed conflict between the two states.

Notable practitioners

Larry Martin is a distinguished practitioner with substantial experience representing sovereign states in public international law disputes, including before the ICJ, ITLOS and ICSID. One client said: "His calm demeanour and level-headedness make him the best person to have on your side during confusing times. His knowledge and expertise on Law of the Sea is exceptional." He is based in Washington, DC.

Mark Clodfelter wins recognition for his work as sovereign-side counsel in investment treaty arbitrations, drawing on his experience as former assistant legal adviser for international claims and investment disputes at the US Department of State. He is based in Washington, DC.

Washington, DC-based Paul Reichler enjoys a stellar reputation as a leader in the field and is widely admired for his skilful representation of sovereign states in boundary disputes. One source enthused: "He is a brilliant lawyer, a natural leader and a great manager. Using his vast experience in international arbitration and deep knowledge on Law of the Sea, Mr. Reichler led the team in coming up with effective legal theories, responsive legal strategies and outstanding legal briefs."