Debevoise’s Public International Law group is widely regarded as one of the world’s best. In Chambers Global (2019), Debevoise is the ...
Donald Francis Donovan
Lord Goldsmith QC
Debevoise named in the top band for Public International Law by Chambers Global (2019)
The firm is “super responsive” and offers “strategic thinking and advice.”
As a client you “feel extremely well supported and in excellent hands.”
—GAR 30, 2019
International Arbitration Firm of the Year
—Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards 2019
An outstanding, champion team of lawyers.
Very obviously stands out as being one of the best. They understand how to do things internationally and create a team that works well together.
— Chambers UK, 2019-2020
A real powerhouse. Not only do they handle a significant volume of work in this field but they are thought leaders, they can handle complex matters better than almost anyone else and they're hard to beat.
They provide top-notch analysis and their ability to bring in their expertise in both public and private international law is invaluable. They gave us an incredible amount of time and attention and the highest-quality legal advice.
—Chambers Global, 2019
“Debevoise & Plimpton LLP excels in handling investment arbitration, coupled with commercial arbitration and public international law in ‘a seamless and efficient manner.’”
—The Legal 500 US, 2019
Debevoise’s Public International Law group is widely regarded as one of the world’s best. In Chambers Global (2019), Debevoise is the only firm in the world that is ranked in Band 1 for public international law, international arbitration and dispute resolution. No other firm can match the Debevoise team—not only in the number of leading individual practitioners and rising stars, but also in the exceptional cadre of counsel and associates, and the breadth and depth of the practice and experience.
Members of the team have experience at the most senior levels of government, business, international organizations, and NGOs. The attorneys also take a leading role in the preeminent professional bodies in the field. For example, Donald Francis Donovan is a recent past President of the American Society of International Law; Lord Peter Goldsmith is the former Attorney General of the United Kingdom; David W. Rivkin is the immediate past President of the International Bar Association; Catherine Amirfar is currently a Vice President of the American Society of International Law and formerly the Counselor on International Law in the Legal Adviser’s Office at the U.S. State Department; and Natalie Reid is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.
Debevoise handles matters of unmatched significance, complexity and diversity. Lawyers in the group have extensive experience in treaty interpretation and enforcement before international courts and tribunals. Debevoise is one of a select group of law firms that has prevailed in treaty cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and has won several of the most prominent investment treaty awards on record. The team also has broad experience in litigating issues of public international law arising before domestic courts. Debevoise attorneys have succeeded in the enforcement of privileges and immunities under international and U.S. law, and successfully brought and defended claims for international law violations under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute.
The team also has advised sovereign governments and multi-national corporations in public international law matters, as well as prominent international and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations, the European Commission, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Independent Diplomat and the International Bar Association.
Debevoise’s extensive public international law practice includes: