Carter-Ruck's International Law team has extensive experience in litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory matters involving an international or diplomatic context.
Its clients include a significant number of governments, heads of state and leading political figures from across the world, as well as commercial entities and individuals requiring specialist advice on international issues.
The firm's international lawyers have worked on matters involving a wide array of legal issues, including:
- Public international law, including territorial disputes
- Private international law
- Multi-jurisdictional disputes
- United Nations sanctions and 'smart sanctions'
- EC and national sanctions
- Terrorist designation and terrorism legislation
- Asset freezing and travel restrictions
- Interpol Red Notices
While much of this work is conducted before the courts in the UK and by way of arbitration, the firm also has cases proceeding in the European Court of Justice and in the courts of a host of overseas jurisdictions. The International Law team also undertakes a great deal of work outside the conventional legal context, for example arguing its clients' cases in negotiations with various institutions of the United Nations or with government departments and law enforcement agencies in the UK, the USA and many other countries.
Carter-Ruck has developed a particular expertise in cases arising out of the events of 9/11 and the subsequent 'war on terror'. It is currently representing clients in relation to such matters in litigation in the European Court of Justice, the New York District Court and the High Court in London and has been involved in negotiations on behalf of its clients with the United Nations and with representatives of many national governments. In the autumn of 2008 the firm's International Law team won a major victory before the European Court of Justice on behalf of its client Yassin Kadi by which EC regulations freezing Mr Kadi's assets were struck down. Leading academics have described the Kadi judgment as 'the most important judgment ever delivered by the ECJ on the relationship between EC and international law and one of its most important judgments on fundamental rights'.
Carter-Ruck's extensive experience of dealing with the UK and international media means that it is particularly well placed to deal with the media coverage of sensitive international disputes.
Saudi businessman and philanthropist Sheikh Yassin Abdullah Kadi has been delisted by the UN's Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee after an eleven year battle which started with the imposition of sanctions in October 2001.
Carter-Ruck's International Law team has been retained by a Syrian businessman, to challenge financial and travel sanctions imposed by the EU. Proceedings have been issued in the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg.