Anti-satellite missile tests: What are the legal consequences?

Graham Coop, Partner, together with Florentine Vos, Associate at Volterra Fietta, wrote an article entitled “Anti-satellite missile tests: What are the legal consequences?”, published by Global Military Communications.  To read the article, please click here.



Satellite owners must be compensated for space debris damage

Robert Volterra, Partner, together with Gunjan Sharma, Counsel at Volterra Fietta, wrote an article on “Space Debris” that was published by The Times. The article explores how, under current international law, satellite owners may not be fully compensated for damage done by space debris. To read a copy of the article, please click here

Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty

Graham Coop, Partner at Volterra Fietta,  was recently credited by ThomsonReuters in relation to the publication of an article entitled “Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty” in ThomsonReuters’ Practical Law Energy and Practical Law Arbitration series. The article is available here.




Brill Publishers

Robert Volterra published an article with Brill, in which he reviews “The Syrian Conflict’s Impact on International Law” by Michael P. Scharf, Milena Sterio and Paul R. Williams. Robert’s article is titled “Book Review” and can be found here.

The House

Robert Volterra contributed an article to The House, the in-house publication of the House of Commons, on the practicalities of signing a trade deal. The article, titled “Negotiating trade deals doesn’t have to take this long”, can be found here.

Global Arbitration Review

Volterra Fietta Partner Robert Volterra and Counsel Álvaro Nistal have published an article on GAR concerning the ground-breaking ICSID award recently issued in Interocean v. Nigeria, which addresses legal issues that are highly relevant to numerous other investor-State disputes.  The article, which can be found here, provides useful guidance on the public international law norms applicable to State liability arising from actions of State entities and domestic courts.

Informa Connect Law – CompLaw Blog

Robert Volterra and Graham Coop have contributed an article titled “Increased control of foreign investment in response to COVID-19” which can be found here.



The Financial Times

The Financial Times has published a podcast interview in which Robert Volterra, Partner at Volterra Fietta, discusses how governments and investors should be careful to manage disputes arising from COVID-19 regulation, so as to avoid a wave of investment treaty arbitrations. You can listen to the podcast here.


Partner Graham Coop and Counsel Álvaro Nistal were recently cited in an article titled “COVID-19 Claims May Test Tribunals With Thorny Questions”. The article, published on 30 April 2020 by Law360, can be found here.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Partner Graham Coop and Associate Maria Fogdestam-Agius published an article with Commercial Dispute Resolution, titled “Who’s at fault with the cobalt?”. To read about the repercussions of class actions against corporate end users for supply chain working conditions in the mining industry click here.

Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration

Graham Coop and Gunjan Sharma co-authored an article in the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration. The article, titled “Procedural Innovations to ISDS in Recent Trade and Investment Treaties: A Comparison of the USMCA and CETA” is available to read here

Egypt Oil & Gas Newspaper

Graham Coop was quoted in an article in the Egypt Oil & Gas Newspaper titled “Politics, economics, and energy security: How pipeline negotiations play a key role”. Graham’s comments focused on the political connotations of pipeline negotiations, the shifting power dynamics between pipeline planning and construction and the challenges of taking all parties’ economic interests into account over a long period. The article can be viewed here.



Oxford University Press

Graham Coop co-authored a chapter on “ECT and States’ Right to Regulate” in “International Arbitration in the Energy Sector” edited by Maxi Scherer and recently published by Oxford University Press.  For further details on this text, click here.

Indian Journal of Arbitration Law

Robert Volterra co-authored an article in the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law.  The article, titled “India and Brazil: Recent Steps Towards Host State Control in the Investment Treaty Dispute Resolution Paradigm”, is available here.

Hart Publishing

Robert Volterra authored a chapter on “The Effect of Brexit on the UK’s Trade with Non-EU Member States Under the EU’s Mixed Free Trade Agreements” in “Negotiating Brexit” by John Armour and Horst Eidenmüller and recently published by Hart Publishing. Robert’s chapter explores the status of the parties of mixed EU FTAs, and the scope of application of mixed EU FTAs after Brexit. More information about the book is available here.

The Financial Times

Robert Volterra was quoted in an article in The Financial Times titled “US oil groups feel Russia sanctions freeze more than Europeans”.  Robert’s comments focused on sanctions against Russia, and the divergence in approach between EU and US companies. The article can be accessed here.

Oxford Business Law Blog

Following Robert’s participation in the “Negotiating Brexit” conference at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford on 17 March 2017, a summary of his comments has been published on the Oxford Business Law Blog. Robert’s contribution, available here, focuses on “The Impact of Brexit on the UK’s Trade with Non-EU Member States Under the EU’s Mixed Free Trade Agreements”.

Oxford University Press

Partner Graham Coop co-authored a chapter on “External Relations of EU Energy Regulation” in the Second edition of “Legal Aspects of EU Regulation” edited by Peter Cameron and recently published by Oxford University Press.   For further details on this text, click here.

Global Arbitration Review – Yukos

Volterra Fietta partner Graham Coop was featured in the 2 November 2016 issue of GAR providing insights on the Dutch court judgment that set aside the US$50 billion awards in the Yukos case and its implication for investors in Russia and other states that have signed – but not ratified – the Energy Charter Treaty. The full article can be viewed here.

Intercontinental Finance & Law

Graham Coop wrote an article entitled “From Russia With Love?” covering recent developments in the long-running Yukos litigation and their potential impact on energy investments in Russia and elsewhere. To read the full article as published in Intercontinental Finance & Law, click here and scroll to page 16.


23 May 2016.  Robert Volterra was quoted on the international implications potentially faced by Kenya as it prepares to close the world’s largest refugee camp.  Click here to view the full article.

The Guardian

7 July 2015. Robert Volterra was quoted in an article in The Guardian on the importance of foreign languages for legal professionals. Click here to view the article.

The Law Society Gazette

11 May 2015. The article, in the official magazine of the English Law Society, is based on a recent interview with Robert. It discusses his role at Volterra Fietta — the world’s only dedicated public international law firm — in reducing global conflict through representing both States and private clients in major cross-border disputes around the globe. The article can be found here.

Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards

February 2015. Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and Álvaro Nistal published a chapter titled “Sovereign immunities and investor-state awards: specificities of enforcing awards based on investment treaties” in the global guide, Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards. Click here to view the article.

ICSID Review

10 September 2014.  Graham Coop’s Keynote Speech at the Conference on 20 Years of the Energy Charter Treaty was published as an article in the ICSID Review (Fall 2014). Click here for a link to the article.