Law firms and lawyers ranked in Public International Law demonstrate excellence in handling state-to-state disputes such as those governed by the law of nations and the law of the sea, as well as by international agreements and conventions. Representative matters include land and maritime boundary disputes, sovereign immunity, state succession and claims to statehood. Investor-State arbitrations are also considered part of this section, although as this kind of work is covered extensively in our International Arbitration chapter, we prefer to see evidence of a broader range of PIL work here.
Challenges to international sanctions designations by both individuals and corporates will also be considered under this section. Advising financial institutions on compliance with international sanctions falls under the Financial Services section, and advice in relation to breaches of international sanctions falls under the Financial Crime section.
Firms ranked here range from specialist boutique firms such as Three Crowns and Fietta, to leading PIL and arbitration teams at Magic Circle firms including Clifford Chance and Freshfields.