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Volterra Fietta is an elite global law firm that is specialised entirely in public international law. We are the only dedicated public international law firm in the world. Our work positively impacts upon millions of people across the globe: it redraws international borders, settles conflicts and resolves billion dollar disputes. We have one of the largest dedicated international disputes resolution teams in the world.

We are absolute specialists. Our clients choose us to handle their most complex bet-the-company and bet-the-country issues. Governments, international institutions and multi-national corporations trust us to represent them around the world in the highest courts of international law. We act for States, international organisations and private entities in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Our work touches every region of the world. For more than two decades, our partners have been recognised as leaders in their field. Our award-winning team is ranked in the top tier by all global legal directories.

read more › The Volterra Fietta team combines academic credentials from leading universities around the world with practical experience in global law firms, international organisations and international courts and tribunals. Our partners have served as diplomats, international negotiators and adjudicators, advocates and peacemakers. Every member of the team combines graduate qualification in public international law with relevant practical experience. Our lawyers advise and represent governments, international organisations and private clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law and international dispute resolution issues.

read more › We are dedicated to the principles upheld by public international law. We believe that properly implemented, they offer an effective solution to global conflicts. We are proud that our work positively affects the lives of millions of people around the world and promotes the rule of law between States. We represent our clients in the highest international courts and tribunals in the world with outstanding success rates. We are one of only a handful of firms to operate in this sphere, regularly advocating at the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and tribunals constituted under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and UNCLOS Annex VII.

read more › Advising a sovereign client on the TCA (the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Advising an Asian mining company in relation to three investment treaty disputes resulting from the expropriation of mining concessions. Representing a State in three sovereign immunity cases before English courts and tribunals. Advising a global engineering contractor in structuring its investment into Central Europe so as to benefit from the protections of bilateral investment treaties.

read more › Legal 500 - Specialist PIL firm Volterra Fietta acts for States, international organisations and private entities in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Robert Volterra is highly rated, Graham Coop is also highly regarded. Legal 500 - Volterra Fietta's public international law expertise makes it a natural choice for clients seeking Latin America investment treaty arbitration advice. From its London base, the team has acted in cases across the region for a client base encompassing sovereigns, international organisations and corporations.

read more › Our team has advised clients on public international law in every region of the world. Today, the reach and scope of public international law has expanded far beyond the role it played in State and commercial affairs even a few decades ago. The number of State-to-State disputes referred to binding dispute resolution either by the International Court of Justice or by arbitral tribunals has rocketed in recent years. Public international law now forms a critical element in many international commercial transactions and often plays a leading role in settling related disputes.

read more › Acting as counsel and advocates for individuals pursuing a case at the European Court of Human Rights. Negotiating and drafting a treaty for trade cooperation between a group of developing States and a developed State. Providing ongoing support in relation to the negotiation of a multilateral treaty being negotiated at the United Nations. Assisting in the preparation of amicus curiae briefs to an international war crimes tribunal. Contact us at probono@volterrafietta.com if you are an individual or organisation seeking pro bono legal representation in relation to public international law issues.

read more › We offer an unrivalled range of practical public international law experience in the sovereign and commercial sectors. Our team acts for States, private entities and international organisations in contentious and advisory matters all over the world. We regularly advise on dispute resolution between foreign investors and host States, or between two or more States. We are often called upon to analyse the effect of private and public international law on international commercial transactions in global commercial sectors including project finance, energy, utilities and telecommunications.

read more › Our lawyers are amongst the elite group of practitioners who regularly represent governments in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and tribunals constituted under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID, UNCLOS Annex VII and other international dispute resolution bodies. We also advise and represent clients on the application of public international law in domestic courts.

read more › We are particularly experienced in advising clients on resolving disputes related to overseas investments. We represent investors and governments alike in investment treaty arbitrations. These disputes often arise when a government or governmental agency allegedly interferes with the property rights of a foreign investor. They are often resolved under the arbitration provisions of an investment treaty. We have advised and represented clients around the world in relation to bilateral investment treaties (BITs), NAFTA, the Energy Charter Treaty, the ASEAN Investment Protocol and ICSID.

read more › Volterra Fietta has one of the largest dedicated arbitration groups in London. Our commercial arbitration practice spans the globe and includes all the major arbitration centres and rules. Much of our arbitration work involves energy, mining, telecommunications, defence procurement and shareholder and joint venture disputes, often where a government or State-owned company is a party.

read more › No business wishes to litigate, but litigation is occasionally the only way to secure a legitimate and necessary end. Volterra Fietta has significant experience in the English courts in high value complex commercial and other disputes. We also have particular experience in acting and advising on court involvement in numerous countries around the world. This covers multifaceted commercial and contractual issues as well as more traditional public international law issues such as sovereign immunity.

read more › We are leading lawyers in the area of international business and human rights. Companies consult us about their operations and supply chains in countries that have experienced human rights and rule of law problems. Funds and financial institutions seek our advice about their investments in such companies. Governments consult us about their legislation and international obligations in relation to business and human rights. We provide advice on international business and human rights related legal standards, potential liabilities, issues arising from the implementation of voluntary standards (including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises), due diligence, grievance mechanisms, policy design, compliance mechanisms, contract governance, reporting and assurance, risk management and dispute resolution.

read more › Partner Graham Coop has been invited to be a speaker at the NERA Insights Webinar in partnership with Paris Arbitration Week 2021. Graham will join a panel of distinguished speakers who will focus on the topic of Quantum Leap: Diving into the Quantification of Damages. The topic of the conference was "Synergy between the Law of Treaties and the Law of International Responsibility: So Far Apart but Still So Close" and Graham's presentation related to Leges speciales? Treaty rules on international responsibility: Attribution.

read more › Volterra Fietta is the world's only dedicated public international law firm and one of London's largest international arbitration specialist firms. We offer exceptional opportunities for lawyers at all levels. We have a unique portfolio of work covering the full range of public international law and international dispute resolution. Please state in the subject line the position for which you are applying. Please note that applications sent to anyone at Volterra Fietta other than applications@volterrafietta.com may not be processed as efficiently.

read more › We train our associates at all levels of experience in written and oral advocacy, including cross-examination. We find appropriate opportunities for associates working on a case to engage in oral pleading at hearings. Volterra Fietta junior associates are likely to have more oral advocacy experience than senior associates at other leading international dispute resolution practices. Given the high volume of top-quality applications, Volterra Fietta is not presently accepting applications presented on behalf of candidates by recruitment firms.

read more › Volterra Fietta operates a popular internship programme. A number of our associate team participated in our internship programme before taking up their associate roles. Other interns have gone on to pursue careers at the UN, the WTO, the EC, their home country's foreign ministry, and international courts and tribunals.

read more › Volterra Fietta is committed to high quality advice and client care. We have a procedure in place which details how we handle complaints which is available on request. In addition, if for any reason we are unable to resolve any problem between us, you may be entitled to ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint. For ease of reference the email address is enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk and its phone number is +44 (0)300 555 0333. Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a written response from us about your complaint.

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