On April 7, 2016, Mr. Paul Reichler spoke at USALI about his experiences as an international litigator. Mr. Reichler talked about the procedures of international tribunals, his interaction with various international courts, and why he thought it was in the interest of China to participate in the international proceedings addressing the South China Sea dispute -- to maintain an orderly system that has worked so far.
Mr. Reichler developed his interest in international law because he wanted to fight for a just cause and enjoyed learning about different cultures. Additionally, the international tribunal, according to Mr. Reichler, is of significant importance in protecting the interests of small states which allow them fight gross injustice mounted by the big powers. That’s one of the reasons that Mr. Reicher gave in explaining why he has been proactively representing several ‘underdog’ states.
More about Mr. Paul Reichler:
Mr. Paul Reichler is one of the world's most experienced advocates before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and other international tribunals. He has represented sovereign States in international litigation and arbitration for over 30 years, beginning in 1984 as counsel for Nicaragua in its landmark case against the United States. Among his accomplishments before the ICJ, he represented Nicaragua against Costa Rica in the Navigational Rights Case; Uruguay against Argentina in the Pulp Mills Case; Nicaragua against Colombia in the maritime delimitation case; and Ecuador against Colombia in the Aerial Spraying of Pesticides case. He currently represents Somalia against Kenya, and Nicaragua in three pending cases, two against Colombia and one against Costa Rica.
He has also represented States before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and in international arbitration proceedings. He has been counsel in most of the arbitrations brought under Part XV of UNCLOS, including for Bangladesh against India, the Philippines against China, Ghana against Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritius against the U.K., and Guyana against Suriname. His litigation experience includes cases involving armed hostilities, international human and humanitarian rights, territorial sovereignty, land and maritime boundaries, transboundary environmental harm, and other important issues of public international law. He is a senior partner in the law firm Foley Hoag, which is based in Washington with offices in Paris, New York and Boston. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1973.