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  1. Public international law – Leading sets
  2. Public international law – Leading silks
  3. Public international law – 2017 silks
  4. Public international law – 2018 silks
  5. Public international law – Leading juniors

Public international law – Leading sets

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Public international law – Leading silks

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Public international law – 2017 silks

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    • Alison Macdonald QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜Her knowledge of the area is vast and her experience is patently obvious.’

Public international law – 2018 silks

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    • Dan Sarooshi QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very versatile and experienced public international lawyer.’

Public international law – Leading juniors

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    • Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜For someone of his level of call, he is the best - an excellent strategic thinker.’
    • Alan Boyle - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for major sovereignty disputes.’
    • Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very strong lawyer and QC in waiting for public international law.’
    • Robert McCorquodale - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very friendly, charming and generous, with a strong court presence.’
    • Penelope Nevill - 20 Essex Street β€˜A highly competent barrister who really knows her stuff on international law.’
    • Blinne NΓ­ GhrΓ‘laigh - Matrix Chambers β€˜An absolutely superb junior; completely on top of the detail.’
    • Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Excellent; she is a very fine, highly intelligent and persuasive advocate.’
    • Guglielmo Verdirame - 20 Essex Street β€˜Particularly good in the practical application of PIL in novel commercial situations.’
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Public international law (PIL) covers a wide variety of disciplines, but for the purpose of this section, the rankings are primarily identifying those barristers with a strong focus on state v state disputes, state immunity, sanctions, and investment treaty arbitrations. There is inevitably some overlap with other categories such as public law and international human rights law, but for a more exhaustive review of experts in those fields, please see the separate civil liberties and human rights and administrative and public law chapters.

20 Essex Street has a stellar reputation for public international law, fielding some highly experienced barristers at both senior and junior levels. Members have been involved in a broad range of headline cases with major international law issues. Notable highlights included Guglielmo Verdirame’s instruction as part of the attorney general’s team in Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Michael Wood KCMG’s involvement in the Australia v Timor-Leste conciliation, as well as Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC leading a team in the β€˜Enrica Lexie’ incident (Italy v India).

Blackstone Chambers has established itself as a leading public international law set, with an excellent array of silks and juniors working under its roof. Representative highlights include the groundbreaking state immunity cases, Janah v Libya and Benkharbouche v Sudan, where Timothy Otty QC appeared in the Supreme Court. Otty was also instructed in Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, while Maurice Mendelson QC appeared in Georgia v Russian Federation.

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜outstanding’, and considered by many to be the β€˜top set for public international law, with impressive strength in depth’. The set hosts a range of versatile silks and juniors with strong expertise in bilateral investment treaty disputes, as well as state v state claims before the International Court of Justice. Highlight cases include Vaughan Lowe QC’s instruction in Bolivia v Chile, concerning Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean, and Dan Sarooshi QC’s involvement in the Brexit case, Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Matrix Chambers has numerous market-leading PIL lawyers at senior and junior level, with premises in London and Geneva. The expertise of its members covers the full gamut, from BIT claims to major maritime and border disputes. Major disputes invariably see Philippe Sands QC and Alison Macdonald QC instructed, including in the high-profile Chagos Islands case, Mauritius v United Kingdom, Ghana v CΓ΄te d’Ivoire, and Alhambra v Kazakhstan.

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