Public International Law

Globalisation has brought an increasing focus on public international law. As one of the leading law firms in this area of law, we are regularly instructed by sovereign States, State entities, international bodies and multinational corporations on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Our global team comprises of 15 lawyers mainly based in Europe but also working from our offices across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

This includes numerous State-to-State cases before the International Court of Justice and international tribunals, either in ad-hoc proceedings or those administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Our non-contentious work includes advising on:

  • State responsibility
  • sovereign immunity
  • international sanctions
  • land and maritime boundary delimitation
  • territorial sovereignty
  • treaty obligations
  • the law of international organisations

We also regularly assist clients in relation to bilateral investment treaties and associated investment structuring. Visit our global Investment Treaty Arbitration page for more details of our work in this area.

Client testimonial

"Rod [Bundy] and Will [Thomas] provided a very good legal analysis of the situation, and came up with constructive ways to try and find a solution. [... ] They were open to listening to our concerns and issues, so that we always felt very comfortable with the process".
Leading oil major

Legal directories

Chambers and Partners (Global 2012)
"Eversheds is regarded as a prominent firm for both contentious and non-contentious PIL matters. It is particularly active in state-to-state PIL disputes and is singled out for its expertise with respect to maritime and land boundary matters. It has substantial experience before the ICJ and other international tribunals".

Sources say: ‘Eversheds is at the top of the game.' [...] Rodman Bundy is renowned for his expertise. [...] ‘he is first-class', sources agree. Loretta Malintoppi is an active PIL specialist.[...] William Thomas focuses on oil and gas matters. Recently promoted to the partnership, he is gaining increasing credibility in this area".

Legal 500 (Europe 2012)
"Eversheds LLP's ‘level of service is excellent'; advice is ‘fast, astute and in-depth'. [...] The team is also famed for its regular involvement in state-versus-state disputes before the International Court of Justice. [...] David Sellers is recommended along with Will Thomas, whose ‘technical knowledge, mastery of the facts and grasp of the practice set him apart'; of counsel Loretta Malintoppi and Rodman Bundy, who handles arbitrations and also heads the firm's market-leading public international law practice".

Chambers and Partners (UK 2012)
"Eversheds' London public international law team is making great strides in investor-state work. It is currently representing two Lithuanian investors in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Serbia for alleged breaches of the Serbia-Lithuania BIT. The team also works in conjunction with the Paris office to advise on inter-state disputes and boundary-related matters".

Chambers and Partners (France 2011)
"The arbitration practice at Eversheds comes highly recommended by peers. Many of the team's clients are state governments, thanks to its particular expertise in issues of state responsibility, international environment law and energy matters. [...] Rodman Bundy is a much-admired public international law expert. Dual-qualified Loretta Malintoppi is praised for her work ethic and technical knowledge".

Legal 500 (UK 2011)
"Eversheds LLP provides a solid and reliable service. Boundary disputes are a particular specialism, and the practice has seen a growing number of instructions in relation to investor-state cases. [...] London team head Stuart Dutson is the star; the practice largely revolves around his knowledge and expertise".

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