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Volterra Fietta


Partner in Volterra Fietta. Graham Coop specialises in international arbitration and public international law. He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Graham has particular expertise in disputes involving the energy sector, having served for seven years as general counsel to the Energy Charter Secretariat prior to joining Volterra Fietta. He has extensive experience as counsel and expert in cases dealing with the Energy Charter Treaty, BITs, energy law and public international law. Graham is bilingual in English and French and has participated in arbitration proceedings in both these languages. He also speaks conversational German and Russian. Graham is widely sought after as a conference speaker, engaged by clients from around the world and is recognised as a thought-leader in the field.


Trained Brandon Brookfield (later Brookfields), Auckland, New Zealand; qualified 1989; partner Volterra Fietta 2013. 1989-92 Brandon Brookfield (Auckland, New Zealand); 1998-99 Gaz de France (on secondment from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer); 1992-2002 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Paris); head of energy and natural resources group, Paris (since 2000); 2002-04 partner, Denton Wilde Sapte (energy and infrastructure department, London and Paris); 2004-11 general counsel, energy charter secretariat, Brussels; 2011-13 independent international arbitration and energy lawyer, Brussels; 2013 to date partner, Volterra Fietta. Graham has written and edited a wide range of publications, including ‘Energy Dispute Resolution: Investment Protection, Transit and the Energy Charter Treaty’, described by Christoph Schreuer as ‘required reading for anyone who deals with the ECT or generally with investment law’. Graham is an honorary associate of the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy & Management of the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

Recent publications of note: a chaper titled “Procedural Innovations to ISDS in Recent Trade and Investment Treaties: A Comparison of the USMCA and CETA, in Austrian Yearbook of International Arbitration 2019, with Gunjan Sharma, February 2019; a chapter titled ‘States’ Right to Regulate and the ECT’ in “International Arbitration in the Energy Sector” (to be published 2017, OUP, M. Scherer); a chapter titled ‘External Relations’ in “Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation” (2016, OUP, P. Cameron); “From Russia with Love?” (2016) InterContinental Finance & Law 141/16, pp16-17; “Eco-tourism and investment treaty arbitration (Allard v Barbados)” LexisNexis 19/10/2016; ‘A Comparative Analysis of the ECT and BITs in Light of Evolving EU Policy’ in “The Leading Practitioner’s Guide to Oil & Gas Arbitration” (2015, JurisNet LLC, J. Gaitis) pp367-424; ‘Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards’, in “Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards” (2015, Globe, J. Fouret) pp67-82.


French (bilingual). German and Russian (intermediate).


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); IBA; honorary member of the Investment Treaty Forum (ITF) of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL); London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).


Auckland Grammar School; University of Auckland (1991 LLB (Hons) and BSc); University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (1995 DEA).


Classical music (piano, cello, singing); member of Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and choir of St Andrew’s Church of Scotland; snowboarding, skiing, horse-riding, cycling, swimming, gym; member of Aspria Royal La Rasante sports and leisure club; literature (especially history, economics, religion); travel; and, last but not least… being the husband and father of a lovely family!

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Volterra Fietta is a specialist public international law practice that is particularly experienced in representing investors and governments in investment treaty arbitrations; the firm also has a significant international commercial arbitration practice that spans the globe and includes all the major arbitration centres and rules. The principal advisers are Robert VolterraGraham Coop and recently promoted counsel Álvaro NistalGiorgio Mandelli and Suzanne Spears left for King & Spalding LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, respectively.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Volterra Fietta is a boutique practice focusing entirely on public international law. The team has ‘a very good reputation‘ as counsel and advocates at the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and tribunals constituted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea. The practice advises a mix of states, international organisations and corporate clients on bilateral investment treaties; land and maritime territorial and boundary disputes; treaty interpretation; state responsibility; sovereign and diplomatic privilege and immunity; economic sanctions; international environmental law; and international trade and WTO law. Key figures include name partner Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and international counsel Álvaro Nistal.