On Thursday, April 2, USALI welcomed Paul Reichler, a partner at FoleyHoag, as the week’s distinguished speaker. Mr. Reichler is one of the most prominent practitioners of public international law and is currently counsel to the Philippines in its arbitral proceedings against the People’s Republic of China over maritime jurisdiction in the South China Sea.
Paul Reichler “is one of the world’s most respected and experienced practitioners of Public International Law, specializing for more than 25 years in the representation of Sovereign States in disputes with other States, and in disputes with foreign investors. He belongs to a select group of elite lawyers with extensive experience litigating on behalf of Sovereign States before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in Hamburg,” (Chambers Global 2010).
Among many other clients and cases, he was Counsel and Advocate for Nicaragua in the historic case of Nicaragua v. United States of America (1984-1986), regarding the illegal use of force in international relations, and for Uruguay in the landmark case of Argentina v. Uruguay (2006-2010), concerning international environmental protection and sustainable development.
He has particular experience representing and advising Sovereign States in land and maritime boundary disputes with neighboring States, including Nicaragua against Colombia in the International Court of Justice (2007-2012); Somalia against Kenya (ICJ, commenced in 2014); Bangladesh against Myanmar before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (2009-2012); Croatia against Slovenia (2011-present); and arbitrations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, including for the Philippines against China (2013-present); Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire (commenced in 2014); Mauritius against the United Kingdom (2010-present); Bangladesh against India (2009-present) and Guyana against Suriname (2004-2007). He served as Mediator, appointed by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, in the land and maritime boundary dispute between Guatemala and Belize (2000-2002).
He has also represented Sovereign States in disputes over transboundary environmental harm, including Ecuador against Columbia, Uruguay against Argentina, and Nicaragua against Costa Rica (in three separate cases) before the International Court of Justice.