Public International Law in Europe

In Europe, the profile, volume and wide range of mandates undertaken by the public international law team, comprised of specialists in London and Paris, make it one of the most prominent practices in the world. The group advises sovereigns, multinationals, corporates, high-profile individuals, leading political figures and international organizations.

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Ranked as a leading law firm for Investor-State Arbitration.

“They constructed an incredibly effective argument – their help was instrumental in guiding us and achieving a settlement.”


Ranked as a leading law firm for International Arbitration.

“Willing and able to take on the difficult cases.”

—LEGAL 500 UK, 2017

Debevoise named in top band for International Arbitration – Global-wide and Public International Law Global-wide by Chambers Global.

These are brilliant lawyers – extraordinarily articulate, with the rare ability to illuminate the most complicated issues and arguments. 

A global resource on international arbitration questions. They have real versatility in both public and private international law, with a strong ability to factor in business considerations to their advice.

Ranked as a leading UK firm for Public International Law.

Recommended for “its expertise and extensive knowledge in the fields of public international law, the UN and EU law.”

“It’s an excellent firm with great global reach and depth of talent.”

Lord Goldsmith QC is ranked as a leading individual and Aimee-Jane Lee is noted as ‘up and coming’.


Matter Highlight

Debevoise is assisting SERAC in its application before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights seeking redress from the Nigerian government for the forcible eviction of 300,000 inhabitants from their homes in 1990. In September 2013, the ACHPR issued a decision declaring the case admissible and Debevoise is now assisting with the substantive Communication to the ACHPR.

Ranked as a leading firm in the UK for Public International Law.

“Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is ‘highly recommended’ for significant investment treaty arbitration, the protection of international investments, representing states on key diplomatic issues, and advising on human rights issues of international importance.”

“Department head Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is ‘a strong leader.’”

Patrick Taylor is “noted for his reasoned analysis”.

“Aimee-Jane Lee is ‘an exceptional talent in PIL.’”

Legal 500 UK, 2016 and 2017

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