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Conway Blake

Debevoise & Plimpton

Conway is a senior associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he acts as counsel on a range of international law disputes, including investor-state disputes, inter-state disputes, and domestic court proceedings raising issues of corporate social responsibility and public international law. He has a substantial pro bono practice, and is actively involved in strategic international human rights litigation.

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Lucas Bastin

Essex Court Chambers

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

Essex Court Chambers

Alison is a member of Essex Court Chambers. 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 LLP

Ashique Rahman is a partner 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 LLP

Laura Rees-Evans is counsel at Fietta LLP, a specialist public international law firm in London.  Laura’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious aspects of public international law (PIL) and international arbitration.  Laura is identified as a recommended lawyer in the dispute resolution / PIL and international arbitration categories of The Legal 500 UK 2021.

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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 Stephen is an Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).  Since joining FCDO in 2013, he has represented the UK at the United Nations in Geneva and New York and before the International Court of Justice in contentious proceedings.  Chris is currently on loan to the Legal Secretariat to the Advocate General for Scotland, working for one of the UK Government’s Law Officers.  In doing so, Chris has worked on constitutional litigation including the prorogation case (Cherry/Miller) and Continuity Bill reference heard by the UK Supreme Court and the Article 50 (Wightman) case heard before the CJEU.

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Philippa Webb

Twenty Essex

Philippa is a barrister at Twenty Essex and Professor of 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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