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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Energy Friday Lecture - International Law and Climate Change – the implications for Companies

When: Friday, April 22, 2022, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Room 3.1, Centre For Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A

We are delighted that Sudhanshu Swaroop QC from Twenty Essex Chambers will give the first Friday Lecture of the year on 22nd April 12:30pm to 1:30pm. If you are unable to join in person you will be sent details to join on Zoom.

About the speaker

Sudhanshu practices arbitration, commercial and public international law.

His public international practice has included some of the leading cases of recent times and covers immunities, investment treaties, law of the sea, international environmental law and human rights. Recent work includes: Re Al M (proceedings concerning the children of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein); Reyes v Al-Malki (diplomatic immunity, Supreme Court); R v Reeves Taylor (the meaning of “torture” under international law, Supreme Court); Freedom and Justice Party v FCO (immunity and customary international law, Court of Appeal); The Enrica Lexie Incident, Italy v India (high-profile law of the sea dispute, Permanent Court of Arbitration, acting for Italy). His investment treaty work involves acting for states and investors, both in arbitration and in related court proceedings.

Sudhanshu’s commercial practice encompasses shipping, international trade, energy, natural resources, banking and insurance. He acts regularly in challenges to the jurisdiction of the English courts, applications for freezing orders and other urgent relief and enforcement. He has particular experience of group and tort claims against multinational corporations, having acted in several of the important English cases. These include Chandler v Cape, on the duty of care owed by a parent company.

Drawing on his background in public international and commercial law, Sudhanshu has developed expertise in climate change. He is currently acting for the United Kingdom in Duarte Agostinho v Portugal and others, the first case on climate change in the European Court of Human Rights. He is also acting in the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Torres Strait Islanders v Australia, which concerns a complaint about Australia’s record on fossil fuel emissions and its failure to protect the islands from rising sea levels. Both cases have attracted worldwide media coverage.

Sudhanshu has been recognised as one of The Lawyer magazine’s “Hot 100” lawyers and is described as “A superb strategist and technician, one to keep on speed-dial for important cases” (The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020).

Sudhanshu accepts appointments as an arbitrator.

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