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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research


Mr Vladimir Jares

Mr Vladimir Jares, Deputy Director in charge of DOALOS &Secretary of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, has dealt with many issues concerning the law of the sea, in particular those related to the implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related Agreements. Since 1997, he has been involved in providing services to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and, currently, serves as its Secretary. He has also been involved in capacity-building activities of the Division, delivering many of its training courses, including on UNCLOS article 76 implementation. In the early 1990s, he dealt with fisheries issues in the context of the United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. He has been involved in the preparation of many publications issued by the Division and was responsible for the Law of the Sea Bulletin.

Dr Ben Juratowitch QC

Dr Ben Juratowitch QC, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, is the global head of Freshfields’ public international law practice. He represents clients before international courts and tribunals in disputes between states and in disputes between foreign investors and states. He has been counsel for a broad range of states, corporations, international organisations and individuals before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the European Court of Human Rights and international arbitral tribunals. He has extensive experience in the energy and natural resources sector, in particular advising States and corporations on issues concerning trans-boundary resources. He teaches an annual course of seminars on international dispute settlement at the University of Paris Descartes and has been a visiting fellow in the Faculty of Law at the London School of Economics.

Mr Gavin MacLaren

Mr Gavin MacLaren, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, leads the Asia-Pacific energy and natural resources practice and is a partner in Freshfields' Singapore office. He acts for multi-national corporations, governments, international organisations and financial institutions across Asia-Pacific. He is particularly sought after for his abilities in structuring and negotiating complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and project developments. Gavin also provides public international law advice to governments and energy companies in connection with overlapping international boundary claims.

Ms Alexandra van der Meulen

Ms Alexandra van der Meulen, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, is a member of Freshfields’ public international law practice. She represents States and corporations before international arbitral tribunals and the International Court of Justice. Alexandra advises on a range of international law issues, including land and maritime boundaries, sovereignty over territory, treaty drafting and interpretation, and international human rights law. Prior to joining Freshfields, Alexandra worked in the legal department of the International Monetary Fund. She also worked for the United Nations in New York and Jordan.

Dr Daniel Müller

Dr Daniel Müller, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, practises in public international law and international arbitration. He represents States, corporations and individuals before international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and arbitral tribunals. Daniel provides advice on sovereignty over territory, land and maritime boundaries, the law of treaties, the law of the sea, State succession, State responsibility, and on the application of investment protection treaties. Prior to joining Freshfields, Daniel worked as a consultant for a variety of States. Daniel teaches public international law and European Union law at the Université Paris Nanterre.

Professor Martin Pratt

Professor Martin Pratt, Director, Bordermap Consulting, is an internationally-respected expert in boundary-making, border management and territorial dispute resolution, with over twenty years' experience working with governments, international organisations, businesses, scholars and practitioners around the world to resolve and prevent boundary-related conflict. He has extensive practical experience in maritime boundary negotiations and third-party adjudication of boundary and sovereignty disputes. Martin worked at IBRU from 1994-2015, leading the Centre's consultancy and professional training programmes for over a decade, and he remains an Honorary Professor in Geography at Durham University.

Mr Will Thomas

Mr Will Thomas, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialises in public international law and international arbitration. He has represented parties before both the International Court of Justice and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, as well as acting in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings. Will has extensive experience in the energy and projects sectors, with a focus on disputes in the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. His clients include States, State entities and private multinational companies. Beyond his private practice, Will also lectures at Sciences Po, Paris and King’s College, London University, including in particular on international boundary and sovereignty disputes.

Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin

Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin, Secretary General, The Hague Academy, teaches international law at the University Paris Nanterre, and is also representing States and other clients before international and European courts and tribunals. He has notably appeared before the International Court of Justice in several territorial and delimitation disputes, and before the European Court of Justice in economic sanctions cases.

Mr Ed Turner

Mr Ed Turner, Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and his law degree at the University of Houston in 1981. Since completion of his law degree, Ed has worked for Exxon Corporation and ExxonMobil Corporation, primarily in oil and gas law, advising in the negotiation of petroleum contracts. Since 1992, he has been involved in negotiations for oil and gas exploration and production rights in Africa, Southeast Asia, China, South America, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Several of these negotiations involved areas where boundaries were not yet delimited. Ed currently serves as an advisor within ExxonMobil in regard to Maritime boundary issues affecting exploration and development.