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Public International Law

4 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Excels across the full breadth of PIL issues, wielding an abundance of academic expertise and offering a deep understanding of humanitarian law, international criminal law and international relations. The barristers demonstrate notable capability in state-versus-state disputes, including those over disputed territory or maritime rights. Members are also highly adept at acting as counsel or arbitrators in investment disputes before the ICC, ICSID or The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Client service:

Clients describe the clerking as "very responsive and professional." Paul Venables serves as the senior practice manager for PIL.

Strengths:

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
A strong junior who handles a substantial PIL workload. Experienced in acting before domestic and international courts and tribunals, she represents a range of clients from states to NGOs. She also has impressive academic credentials and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University's international human rights programme. She has strong knowledge of the rules and procedures of the ICJ, ITLOS and UNCITRAL.
"My counsel of choice. Her intelligence is on a different level – she often needs to give the judge time to catch up because she is streets ahead."
Recent work: Instructed to advise the Government of the Republic of Macedonia in treaty negotiations with Greece, concerning the name of the republic of Macedonia and accession to NATO and the EU.

Strengths:

Edward Craven
A talented junior who has considerable experience of acting before the ICJ in complex inter-state cases. He is skilled at handling maritime delimitation or land boundary disputes for sovereign states, and has strong knowledge of international human rights issues. He is a member of the Attorney General's Public International Law Panel.
"Really fantastic in any case." "A delightful opponent who is really clever and super cooperative."
Recent work: Represented the Federal Republic of Somalia in a case before the ICJ concerning the location of the disputed Kenya-Somalia maritime boundary.

Strengths:

Philippe Sands QC
Peers see him as a leading light in the area of PIL and note that he is highly respected by the ICJ and a host of other international tribunals. He has deep expertise in maritime delimitation, international environmental law and investment treaty cases, and also increasingly acts as an arbitrator. He has appeared before many international forums including the ICJ, WTO settlement organs and the ICC.
"A brilliant advocate, a great strategist and a wonderful orator. He is absolutely terrific to work with."

Strengths:

Zachary Douglas QC
A fluent Russian speaker and an expert in international human rights cases, investment treaty work and inter-state boundary disputes. He also takes appointments as arbitrator.
"A bright academic mind." "He's very quick and always comes up with sensible ideas. He's an extremely clear and experienced arbitrator in investment arbitration."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for the claimant in a dispute relating to the expropriation of Ukrainian investments in Crimea upon Russia's annexation.

Public International Law Department

Matrix Chambers

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Griffin Building

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5LN

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Public International Law


Philippe Sands QC
Band 1
Zachary Douglas QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Public International Law


Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Band 2
Edward Craven
Band 3