State-To-State Dispute Resolution

Our lawyers are amongst the elite group of practitioners who regularly represent governments in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and tribunals constituted under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID, UNCLOS Annex VII and other international dispute resolution bodies. We also advise and represent clients on the application of public international law in domestic courts.

Highlights of State-to-State dispute resolution experience of the lawyers at the firm include:

Malaysia v Singapore (the Railway Lands case) Acted as lead counsel for Malaysia in its sui generis arbitration against the Republic of Singapore over the interpretation and application of a 1990 treaty

Ecuador v Colombia (the Aerial Spraying case) Representing the Republic of Colombia against the Republic of Ecuador before the International Court of Justice

Nicaragua v Colombia Advising the Republic of Colombia in formulating a strategy to respond to the Judgment on the Merits in the Territorial and Maritime Dispute case before the International Court of Justice

An Asian State Advising the government of a State in Asia on maritime territory disputes with its neighbours

Qatar v Bahrain Representing the State of Bahrain in its territorial and maritime boundary dispute with the State of Qatar before the International Court of Justice

New Zealand v France (the Nuclear Tests case) Part of the legal team of New Zealand in the case against the French Republic before the International Court of Justice

The Republic of Chile v The Republic of Argentina (the Laguna del Desierto case) Part of the legal team of the Republic of Chile in its territorial boundary arbitration dispute with the Republic of Argentina

Barbados v The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Co-Agent of the State of Barbados against the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the first ever UNCLOS Annex VII maritime boundary delimitation arbitration, under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Eritrea v Yemen Representing the State of Eritrea in its island and maritime boundary dispute with the Republic of Yemen (Phase 2 – the maritime delimitation phase of the arbitration), under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration