Public International Law

Public International Law

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers have appeared in cases involving questions of public international law before national courts in the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions. Our barristers have represented clients before international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Who our barristers act for

Our barristers advise governments, international organisations and NGOs on the full range of public international law issues as well as the interpretation and application of particular international conventions.

Our experience

Our expertise covers the whole range of public international law issues, including:

  • the incorporation and application of international law in the domestic legal system
  • state jurisdiction
  • boundary delimitation
  • diplomatic status and immunities
  • foreign state immunities
  • recognition of foreign governments
  • law of international organisations
  • law of treaties
  • international human rights law
  • UN sanctions regimes
  • international criminal law
  • extradition
  • international environmental law
  • international energy law
  • international trade law
  • international humanitarian law and law of armed conflict
  • use of force
  • arms control
  • international law of the sea.

Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Public International Law team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9076


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Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Peter Rees QC

Peter Rees QC

Call: 2014 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Christopher Staker

Christopher Staker

Call: 2003

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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