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Young Public International Law Group

Connecting PIL practitioners

Welcome

The Young Public International Law Group (“YPILG”) is a network of young public international law practitioners from law firms, the bar, international organisations, governments and academic institutions around the world. The purpose of YPILG is to connect early to mid-career PIL practitioners to one another, to facilitate exchanges of ideas and knowledge-sharing in the PIL field, and to promote the next generation of PIL professionals.

The YPILG hosts a number of events throughout the year, including an annual conference, lectures by leading academics and practitioners of public international law topics, practical training sessions in PIL practice and other informal networking events, some of which will have a specific “women in PIL” focus.

Meet our team

YPILG is supported by:

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Lucas Bastin

Essex Court Chambers

A 2016 Legal Week Star of the Bar, Lucas specialises in public international law, investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration. Having previously practised for several years in the International Arbitration and Public International Law Groups of Latham & Watkins, Lucas carried across to the Bar a strong full-time practice in these areas.

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Jessica Gladstone

Clifford Chance

Jessica Gladstone is a Partner at Clifford Chance with extensive practice advising on complex litigation, international commercial and investment arbitration, and public international law across a variety of jurisdictions and industries. She is ranked in major legal directories for public international law, international arbitration and commercial litigation.

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Alison Macdonald QC

Matrix Law

Alison has been a member of Matrix Chambers since 2000. She has an extensive practice in public international law, international arbitration and criminal law, and practices in both international and domestic courts and tribunals.

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Ashique Rahman

Fietta

Ashique Rahman is a senior associate at Fietta LLP. He advises States, international organisations and multinational companies on the entire spectrum of public international law topics, including arbitration proceedings brought under international investment agreements.

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Laura Rees-Evans

Fietta

Laura Rees-Evans is a senior associate at Fietta LLP, a specialist public international law firm in London. Before joining private practice in 2010, Laura worked as a legal and disarmament affairs advisor at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York. She has a particular interest in treaty interpretation, State responsibility, the law of the sea, and international humanitarian law.

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Amy Sander

Essex Court Chambers

Amy is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, specialising in public international law (which she taught at Cambridge University). She is recommended in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in public international law. Amy was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (the Attorney General’s Public International Law C Panel) in 2014. She has appeared before the ICJ in four cases and is currently counsel in a fifth case (Kenya v Somalia).

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Chris Stephen

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Chris is an Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), working on a range of public international law issues. Before joining the FCO in 2013, Chris previously practised at Latham & Watkins LLP and Volterra Fietta. He also previously worked as a judicial assistant in the UK Supreme Court and in the international law programme at Chatham House.

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Nicola Swan

Debevoise & Plimpton

Nicola specialises in public international law and international arbitration at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP’s International Dispute Resolution Group in London. Having previously advised on international and constitutional law at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nicola focuses on international and commercial disputes and human rights. Nicola co-chairs the International Bar Association’s initiative on climate change and human rights.

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Philippa Webb

20 Essex Street

Philippa is a barrister at 20 Essex St Chambers and Reader (Associate Professor) in Public International Law at King’s College London. Her practice covers all aspects of public international law, and reflects her expertise in the law of State immunity. She previously worked as Legal Officer and Special Assistant to Judge Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC during her presidency of the International Court of Justice.

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News & Events

The Young PIL Group is planning a number of public international law events for 2017.  Details will be published here.

To become a member of YPILG and be added to our mailing list, please send your name, affiliation and contact details to admin@ypilg.com.

Forthcoming events

On 11 September 2017, YPILG members are invited to an informal networking event at the Four Sister’s Townhouse in London (5 Groveland Ct, EC4M 9EF).  Space is limited to the first 50 people to arrive; thereafter a “one-in-one-out” policy will apply.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.

We welcome proposals for future events.  Should you wish to suggest an event, please submit a completed event proposal form to admin@ypilg.com

Past events

On 4 May 2017, YPILG in collaboration with Matrix Chambers hosted a panel discussion on Advocacy before international courts and tribunals: a practical guide.  The panellists were Michelle Butler (Matrix), Dr Kate Parlett (20 Essex Street), Amy Sander (Essex Court Chambers) and Will Thomas (Freshfields), with Alison Macdonald QC (Matrix) as moderator.

On 16 March 2016, YPILG in collaboration with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, hosted a talk from Catherine Amirfar, on the outlook for international law under the Trump Administration, as well as sharing reflections on her time at the State Department.

On 31 January 2017, YPILG in collaboration with Essex Court Chambers hosted a Q&A session on “Public international law in 2016 and beyond – key developments of the past year and expectations for the future”. The panellists were Stephen Fietta (Fietta), Professor Dan Sarooshi (Essex Court Chambers), and Paul Tan (Rajah & Tann), with YPILG Board member Lucas Bastin (Essex Court Chambers) as moderator.

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law held an event on careers in public international law on 18 January 2017, reserving a number of places to YPILG members.

YPILG’s launch event was held at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 29 November 2016.  Professor Vaughan Lowe QC and Iain Macleod, FCO Legal Adviser, introduced the Group.

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