Carter-Ruck’s International Law team has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters involving an international, diplomatic or geopolitical context.

Our clients include governments, heads of state, leading political figures and high net worth individuals from across the world, as well as commercial entities, global charities and NGOs.

The firm’s expertise in this area is recognised by both of the leading law directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the latter describing the firm as “excellent for public international law”.

We are quickly able to understand nuanced geopolitical situations and how they impact on our clients’ interests. Our expertise in dealing with the international media means that we are uniquely placed among law firms to advise on the reputational implications of sensitive international disputes.

Examples of recent and ongoing work include:

  • Representing individuals who have been the subject of targeted sanctions and restrictive measures.
  • Successfully defending a Gulf State in an LCIA arbitration.
  • Acting for Al Jazeera in its Bilateral Investment Treaty claim in respect of the campaign mounted against it by the Egyptian government since the coup in July 2013.
  • Advising clients including commercial entities, global charities, and individuals in relation to complex regulatory and criminal investigations in a range of jurisdictions.
  • Leading an international inquiry team mandated to investigate the credibility of photographs and other evidence relating to the torture and murder of prisoners by the Syrian regime.
  • Assembling and managing a multi-jurisdictional team investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Yasser Arafat.

Our international team has unparalleled expertise in advising clients who are the subject of targeted sanctions and restrictive measures at the domestic, European Union or international level.

We also represent clients in international arbitrations, including investment treaty arbitration.

Clients also consult us on a wide range of other international issues, including:

  • Human Rights, including the application of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA)
  • Extradition
  • INTERPOL Notices, especially Red Notices
  • Bids for independence/recognition of Statehood
  • Diplomatic Protection

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