Doughty Street International’s public international law team consists of individuals with strong academic backgrounds in public international law and extensive experience advising and representing States, international organisations, corporations and individuals. We also practice in a number of domestic jurisdictions other than the UK including the US, India, and a number of states in Africa and the Caribbean.

Doughty Street International offers a wide range of expertise in areas that include:

  • land and maritime boundary disputes
  • diplomatic protection
  • environmental protection
  • the return of cultural property
  • the law of the sea, including piracy
  • State responsibility
  • the use of force
  • international humanitarian law
  • international human rights law
  • mediation and conflict resolution

Members of the team regularly appear before the International Court of Justice and international arbitral tribunals. Recent cases before the ICJ include Application on the Obligations concerning Negotiations relating to the Cessation of the nuclear Arms Race and to Nuclear Disarmament (Marshall Islands v UK & ors), Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v Serbia) (2015) and Cambodia v Thailand (2013).

Mediation work is done in conjunction with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva. We also have expert teams that specialise in international criminal law, international arbitration, private international law, European Union law, extradition and counter-terrorism.

A number of our members have previously served in high-level advisory roles for the United Nations. Our team includes the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, counsel to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights and advisors to the United Nations and League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan.

Our expertise is not limited to the international plane and extends to the application of international law in domestic jurisdictions. Recent cases include National Commissioner of the South African Police Service v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre & Anor (2014) concerning the obligation to investigate allegations of torture committed in Zimbabwe by and against Zimbabwean nationals. Currently members of the team act for the Chagos Islanders before the UK Supreme Court.