The Public International Law group consists of Members of Chambers that have particular expertise in (i) Investment Arbitration (whether under the auspices of ICSID or otherwise), both for or against investors and states, and (ii) International Organisation Law, which is the law that applies to disputes and issues relating to international organisations (IOs), themselves products of public international law benefiting from several privileges and immunities.

Outer Temple’s eminence in Public International Law synergises with its reputation in International Arbitration, not only as counsel in all types of arbitral proceedings but also in expedited proceedings and emergency arbitration proceedings, enforcement of awards and satellite litigation arising from arbitration disputes including sanctions.


Public International Law Experience

OTC members, such as Lucian ILIE, have substantial experience in Investment Arbitration, with multi-lingual skills, trained under many different common law and civil law systems, and with strong academic backgrounds in public international law and investment arbitration. They represent both investors and states in international arbitration cases involving bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, political risk disputes, sovereign debt, long-term energy concessions, joint venture and distribution agreements, shareholder disputes, power and energy disputes and construction and engineering projects. Members also advise on the structuring of investments to secure investment treaty protection.

OTC’s International Organisations Law team, headed by Alex HAINES, has unrivalled experience in the laws and frameworks of IOs, having been instructed in cases involving more than 35 IOs worldwide including the UN, World Bank, IMF, NATO, African Union and African Development Bank. IOs enjoy privileges and immunities and, as a result, have created internal justice systems not bound by domestic jurisdictions. IOs are created by multilateral treaties concluded between sovereign states and are, therefore, products of public international law. All cases relating to IOs require specialist counsel with an understanding of the complex workings of each institution (of which there are hundreds), whether in the context of challenging privileges and immunities, or corruption, regulation, employment, whistleblowing and policy-making cases.  

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Public International Law Barristers

John McKendrick KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2016

Sarah Crowther KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Oliver Powell

Call: 2006 (England & Wales); 2010 (Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI))

Alex Haines

Call: 2007 (England & Wales); 2019 (New York); 2020 (Ireland); and 2024 (District of Columbia)

Sophie O’Sullivan

Call: 2011

Victoria Brown

Call: 2014

Elizabeth Grace

Call: 2017

Lucian ILIE

Call: 2021 (Solicitor Advocate since 2018); 2016 (Bucharest); 2013 (Paris)

Joshua Hitchens

Call: 2018

Jeremy Scott-Joynt

Call: 2018

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

Joshua Cainer

Call: 2019

Chris Meiring

Christopher Meiring

Call: 2021

Ludovica Moro

Call: 2015

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