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Jiries Saadeh

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Fietta LLP


Jiries Saadeh is an English-qualified lawyer and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).  He is Partner at Fietta.

Jiries advises States, international organisations and commercial entities on a full spectrum of public international law matters, including State sovereignty, international humanitarian law, sovereign and diplomatic immunity, UN, EU and national sanctions regimes, the protection of foreign investments and human rights.

Jiries’ extensive investment treaty arbitration experience includes cases under ICSID, UNCITRAL and other institutional rules, managing associate teams in complex disputes in all phases of proceedings.  He helped secure a recent award against Venezuela which constitutes one of the largest awards in ICSID’s history.  Jiries currently sits on the consultation board for Practical Law’s arbitration service.  He also has significant experience in the law of international organisations, particularly the law and practice of the United Nations and international administrative law.


Slaughter and May, trainee (2003-2005), qualified Associate (2005-2009), Volterra Fietta, associate (2011-2014), United Nations, legal officer (2014-2016),  Fietta LLP, counsel (2016 onward)


Arabic, French and German 


LLM (cum laude) (2010), University of Leiden
Legal Practice Course (2002) and Postgraduate Diploma in Law (2001), BPP Law School, London
MA (Oxon.) (2006) and BA (2000), University of Oxford

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Fietta LLP fields 'a stellar group of lawyers who can turn to arbitration nicely, particularly investment arbitration'. The practice acted for PL Holdings in treaty arbitration proceedings brought against the Republic of Poland; the dispute concerned the expropriation of a bank. Stephen Fietta QC is 'very good' and Jiries Saadeh is a highly rated counsel.

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Public international law

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jiries Saadeh - Fietta LLP

Within: Public international law

Fietta LLP is a boutique public international law (PIL) firm with experience in a broad range of advisory and contentious PIL matters, including state-state, investor-state, human rights, boundary and sovereignty disputes.  The team acted on behalf of a large group of Greek investors, as lead counsel, in a case brought against the Republic of Cyprus at ICSID; the matter marks the first time that the Greece-Cyprus bilateral treaty is being tested in a mass claim by investors suffering losses stemming from the mismanagement of a serious financial crisis. Stephen Fietta QC is 'highly professional in fact-finding processes whether by analysing facts or determining the key elements of the dispute, and his professionalism and work ethic are remarkable'. Counsel Jiries Saadeh's practice includes representing clients in investor-state arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and other institutional rules. The key senior associates are Ashique Rahman and Laura Rees-Evans.

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