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Volterra Fietta

Public International Law

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What the team is known for

Well-known public international law boutique handling a wide range of investor-related and inter-state work. Advises sovereign states and investors on claims arising under BITs and commercial agreements to which a state is party. Significant experience advising on disputes concerning the alleged expropriation of industrial and financial assets. Provides advice on inter-state matters including boundary disputes and the Law of the Sea, as well as advising states on treaty obligations. Also advises on issues of international human rights, including representing parties before the ICJ.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "The firm is very strong and does absolutely fantastic work."

Work highlights

Represented the United Arab Emirates before the ICJ in a case brought by Qatar concerning the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Notable practitioners

Robert Volterra is one of the country's top PIL practitioners, with an outstanding track record acting for sovereign states around the world on complex issues of international law as well as investor-state arbitrations. His practice covers the full gamut of issues, including sovereign immunity, maritime delimitation, sanctions and international human rights issues.
"He has a long-established practice and has been excellent in the field of PIL for many years." "A go-to lawyer for difficult and complex cases, especially ones that involve challenging questions of public international law."

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Overview


Volterra Fietta is the largest specialist public international law firm in the world.  It advises States, international organisations and private entities on a wide range of public international law matters.

Volterra Fietta is one of only a handful of law firms that regularly represent governments in State-to-State disputes before the ICJ, the PCA and UNCLOS tribunals.  In the last year alone, Volterra Fietta was involved in six ICJ cases.  Led by partner Robert Volterra and counsel Álvaro Nistal, the firm is representing the Democratic Republic of the Congo in its ICJ dispute against Uganda.  The firm also recently represented Colombia in its disputes against Ecuador and Nicaragua as well as the United Arab Emirates in its disputes against Qatar.  

The firm has one of the world’s largest investor-State arbitration practices.  It represents States and foreign investors alike before the main international arbitration institutions, including ICSID, the PCA and the SCC. Led by Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and Álvaro Nistal, the firm is representing Croatia, Egypt, Nigeria, Koch Industries Inc. and other clients in investment treaty arbitrations.

In addition, the firm advises on the application of public international law by the domestic courts of numerous jurisdictions, including in relation to the enforcement of arbitral awards and Business & Human Rights matters.  Among other clients, the firm is representing the United States in proceedings concerning sovereign immunities.

Members

Coop, Graham (Head of Department)

Volterra, Robert (Head of Department)

Flint, Peter

Nistal, Álvaro

Sharma, Gunjan

Clients

Barbados

Koch Industries Inc.

Owens-Illinois Inc

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Democratic Republic of Congo

The Dominican Republic

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Republic of Croatia

The Republic of Lithuania

The United States of America

Industries

Agriculture

Banking

Construction

Energy

Food production and distribution

Heavy and light manufacturing

Hydrocarbon concessions

Lotteries and gaming

Petrochemicals

Power and electricity

Shipping

Sovereign debt

Telecoms

Tourism

Water and sewerage concessions

Public International Law Department

Volterra Fietta

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Department location

8 Mortimer Street

Fitzroy Place

London

Greater London

UK

W1T 3JJ

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