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Jiries Saadeh

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

Specialist PIL firm Fietta is highly rated for its advice both to investors and states in investment treaty arbitrations, under all major institutional rules; acting in domestic set-aside proceedings and international annulment proceedings relating to international arbitral awards; and assisting with state-to-state environmental, boundary and sovereignty disputes before arbitral tribunals. Stephen Fietta and counsel Jiries Saadeh are highly rated.

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Public international law

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Jiries Saadeh - Fietta

Within: Public international law

Dedicated to PIL issues and international arbitration, Fietta is ‘a very strong firm for PIL work; it has real depth of quality’. The firm’s lawyers advise sovereign states, international organisations, multinational corporations, and private individuals on treaty matters; land sovereignty and Law of the Sea issues; bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the ECT; human rights; diplomatic and sovereign immunity; state successions; trans-boundary pipelines; and economic sanctions. Stephen Fietta is ‘obviously very strong’; he represents both states and foreign investors, and has acted as counsel in over 30 investor-state arbitration proceedings. He has also advised on disputes at the ICJ, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and the European Court of Human Rights. Counsel Jiries Saadeh is ‘one of the most skilled lawyers around’.

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