Year of Call:
2007 (England & Wales); 2019 (New York); and 2020 (Ireland)
Alex, dual national and fluent in French and Spanish, is a specialist in international law, with particular expertise in the extensive field of international organisations law. Alex was appointed to the Attorney General’s London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2019 and as Sanctions Officer at the Caribbean Development Bank in 2020.
His practice areas include: (i) business crime and corruption including global investigations; (ii) sanctions and export control; (iii) international regulatory and disciplinary proceedings; (iv) institutional law of international organisations including their immunities and international administrative law; (v) international arbitration; and (vi) financial services inquiries (instructed on the Dame Linda Dobbs Review).
He regularly litigates before international tribunals including in Washington DC, New York City, London and Luxembourg. The cases he has been instructed in have involved more than 30 international organisations including the UN (and its specialised agencies, programmes and funds such as UNICEF), the World Bank Group, the IMF, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the Organisation of American States.
Alex has lectured on the sanctions proceedings of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to a number of institutions including the Brazilian Bar Association, the British Chamber of Commerce, the Korean Bar Association, the Shanghai Bar Association, English Law Week in Mexico, and he was a panellist at the 35th International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, Cambridge. His work on sanctions has continued through his efforts with Transparency International’s Suspension and Debarment Taskforce and Oxford International Organisations (OUP database) as a rapporteur.
Alex has also lectured on international administrative law and the immunities of international organisations at the universities of Exeter, City of London, Brasilia, Hong Kong, La Sorbonne, and King’s College, and on the application of international human rights law to international organisations at the International Court of Justice and Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice, as well as on the appeals systems of international organisations at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Alex was admitted to the New York Bar in 2019 and the Bar of Ireland in 2020. He sits on the Bar Council International Committee and is registered for direct access and qualified for litigation. Before starting at the Bar, Alex worked as an intern at the International Criminal Court in the Office of the Prosecutor in The Hague.
- Co-authored the chapter on UK, UN and EU Sanctions in Smith, Owen, and Bodnar on Asset Recovery (Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery), OUP.
- Authored the new chapter on the Sanctions Regimes of Multilateral Development Banks for Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption (3rd edition, Lexis Nexis).
- The International Administrative Law Centre of Excellence Legitimacy Index (all five editions: 2014-2018 – ialcoe.org/legitimacy-index).
- Sanctions Procedures of the African Development Bank Group, OXIO 101, OUP (ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).
- Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, OXIO 152, OUP (ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).
- World Bank Sanctions Procedures, OXIO 41, OUP (ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).
- Appeals Procedures of the Administrative Tribunal of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, OXIO 200, OUP (ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).
- Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund, OXIO 348, OUP (ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).
- Enforcement Policy and Procedures of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, OXIO 349, OUP (ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).
- The Nature of the Beast – A Comparison Between International Administrative Tribunals, Federation of International Civil Servants’ Associations, ‘Focus on FICSA’, 2018 Edition.
Alex’s practice includes international fraud and corruption. He has an intricate understanding of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and their sanctions and debarment regimes. His practice consists of advocacy (both written and oral), litigation, investigations and advisory work. He has represented companies and individuals before both the World Bank’s Sanctions Board in Washington DC and the Asian Development Bank’s Integrity Oversight Committee in Manila and, between 2014 and 2017, he was instructed by the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department of the African Development Bank in a complex international corruption case which was jointly investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Alex authored the new chapter on the Sanctions Regimes of MDBs for Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption (3rd edition, Lexis Nexis).
In 2019, Alex was instructed by a UN specialised agency to lead an investigation into allegations of fraud in one of its regional offices in South East Asia. He also has experience assisting with negotiated resolution agreements and voluntary disclosure issues, and he has been instructed to redesign integrity compliance programmes so that they are compliant with the IFIs’ Anti-Corruption Task Force guidelines. Alex assists with representing consultants in audits and investigations conducted by the World Bank and other MDBs, criminal referrals to national authorities, mitigating risks of cross-debarment under the Cross-Debarment Agreement, post-sanction representation and assistance including representation before the MDB’s Integrity Compliance Office, and advising on the privileges and immunities of MDBs/IFIs.
Appointments & Memberships
- Appointed as Sanctions Officer at the Caribbean Development Bank (since 2020)
- Called to the Irish Bar (2020)
- Appointed to the Attorney General’s London B Panel (from 2019 to 2024)
- Admitted to the New York Bar (2019)
- Member of the Bar Council International Committee (since 2014)
- Rapporteur for Oxford International Organisations (OXIO), Oxford University Press
- UN Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA) volunteer lawyer
- Diplomas from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, on the Law of Armed Conflict: 152nd International Military Course (2013) and 34th Advanced Course on IHL (2017).
- Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Scholarship for International Law Placement (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Pupillage Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Florida Advocacy Course Scholarship (South Eastern Circuit)
- Bar Council business development mission grant to Brazil (UKTI)
- Grant for Bar Council mission to Seoul and Shanghai (CBA)
- French (native)
- Spanish (fluent)
- Italian (basic)
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