State responsibility and sovereignty

Over the last years, our practice has advised several governments on matters of public international law, including the law of treaties, State responsibility, sovereign immunities, successions of States, as well as trade embargoes and international sanctions.

Our practice has a throrough experience of complex legal cases involving international crisis and conflicts, revolutions, regime changes, hostage takings and terrorism acts. We have advised on legal and diplomatic negotiations purposing to the compensation of the victims and their successors, and allowing the settlement of overseas proceedings, primarily in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Some of these cases caused substantial evolutions in the field of public international law, with respect to the interpretation of some treaties by the International Court of Justice, or to the legal regime of sovereign immunities (cf. 1996 and 2008 amendments of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, under the US federal law).

Our practice finally advises States, as well as their embassies and consulates, in their commercial and financial activities.

Focus areas :

Our practice features the following expertises :

  • Public international law
  • International and transnational disputes
  • Immunities from jurisdiction and execution
  • International public markets and contracts
  • Emanations of the State, State entities and local authorities
  • State-owned companies and public services
  • Other administrative bodies