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 in the top tier for Public International Law and ranked as a leading law firm for Investor State Arbitration.

“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.”

“An outstanding firm that focuses on delivering excellence to clients.”

The lawyers are “thoughtful and mindful of the business objectives of the client,” and possess a “perfect combination of excellent legal skill and pragmatism.”

“They are head and shoulders the finest advocacy firm.”

Chambers UK, 2020-2022


Lord Goldsmith, QC, 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 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.”

“Debevoise is a household name in international arbitration for good reason —they bring value, expertise, and class.”

“The Debevoise international arbitration team in London knows few equals. It is, by far, one of the most experienced teams in international investment and commercial arbitration.”

The Legal 500 UK, 2021-2022



Debevoise named in top band for International Arbitration – Global-wide and Public International Law Global-wide. Also ranked as a leading firm for Dispute Resolution Global-wide by Chambers Global (2022).

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

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

It is really an all star team […] each individual is a star. It really is something to see them in action.

We have been impressed with their ability to analyse difficult fact scenarios and to apply them to international legal principles.

Chambers Global, 2020-2022

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

“The Debevoise team has been a steadfast and brilliant partner.”

“This is a very experienced and dynamic PIL team doing cutting edge work – deep experience at all levels of the team.”

“The team is exceptional in its ability to grasp and analyse complex public international law issues.”

“Debevoise & Plimpton is one of the very top firms in this field. It has a breadth of experience that not many firms can match.”

Lord Goldsmith QC is ranked as a leading individual.

The Legal 500 UK, 2021-2022

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