Public International Law in Europe

In Europe, the profile, volume and wide range of mandates undertaken by the public international law team, which includes lawyers 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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Winner in the “International Arbitration Practice that Impressed” category

GAR Awards, 2020



Ranked as a leading firm for Public International Law and Investor State Arbitration.

“The quality of their work is impeccable and the attorneys are human rights specialists.”

“They have stellar people in the field.”

“Skilful execution is at the heart of their strengths, along with the ability to simplify very complex issues.”

“The team is dedicated to quality and excellence across their work.”

Chambers UK, 2022-2023


Lord Goldsmith, KC, Tony Dymond, Patrick Taylor and Samantha Rowe included in The Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist.

Ranked as a leading law firm for International Arbitration.

“The Debevoise team has shown remarkable reactivity skills when needed – very pragmatic and solution-oriented advice and analyses.”

“The arbitration group has unique qualities which are hard to match.”

“The team has some of the best individuals in the London disputes market, and the quality shines through as a result.”

The Legal 500 UK, 2022-2023



Debevoise named in top band for Arbitration (International) and Public International Law – Global Market Leaders. Also ranked as a leading firm for Dispute Resolution - Global: Multi-Jurisdictional by Chambers Global (2023).

“Debevoise & Plimpton are excellent. They think strategically with a forward-looking perspective.”

“Debevoise are an exceptionally talented group … the written and oral advocacy is of top quality.”

“The best of the best.”

“The Debevoise team is superb …Coordination is entirely seamless and the different jurisdictions are used to the team’s advantage.”

Chambers Global, 2021-2023

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Ranked in the top tier in the UK for Public International Law.

“Debevoise is one of the leading PIL firms in the world, and London is a key part of that status.”

“The public international law work that Debevoise does is fantastic and it is head and shoulders above other firms.”

Lord Goldsmith KC is ranked as a leading individual.

The Legal 500 UK, 2023

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