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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research


Ms Clara Brillembourg

Ms Clara Brillembourg, Partner, Foley Hoag, works in the International Litigation and Arbitration practice, where she specializes in representing sovereign States in treaty disputes with other States, foreign investors, and before U.S. courts. She specializes in counseling States in maritime delimitation cases before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, the International Court of Justice and ad hoc tribunals. She also represents sovereign States before the International Court of Justice in cases involving territorial rights and trans-boundary environmental harm. She has represented Nicaragua, Ecuador, Georgia and Uruguay in disputes before the ICJ, and Ghana, Bangladesh, and Guyana in maritime boundary disputes before ITLOS, ITLOS’ Special Chamber, and UNCLOS Annex VII tribunals. Her practice also includes counseling States in international investment arbitration as well as litigation before U.S. courts involving foreign sovereign immunity.

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 Yuri Parkhomenko

Mr Yuri Parkhomenko, Foley Hoag LLP, specializes in the representation of sovereign States before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal on the Law for the Sea and ad hoc tribunals in disputes involving sovereignty claims, maritime and land boundary delimitation, treaty interpretation, trans-boundary environmental harm, human rights, humanitarian law, and investment arbitration. Yuri also frequently advises foreign governments on those issues in non-contentious matters. Most recently, Yuri has worked as counsel in the Bay of Bengal maritime delimitation cases, Nicaragua-Colombia sovereignty and delimitation case, the South China Sea arbitration, the Slovenia-Croatia boundary arbitration, the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire delimitation case, the Nicaragua-Costa Rica delimitation case, and the Somalia-Kenya delimitation case.

Dr Derek Smith

Dr. Derek Smith, Foley Hoag LLP, practices in the areas of international dispute resolution, public international law and petroleum law. Derek represents government clients with regard to the settlement of international boundary disputes, with a particular emphasis on those that implicate oil and gas development. He has extensive experience in establishing unitization agreements and other legal mechanisms for handling trans-boundary resources. Derek represents governments and state entities in international arbitration and other dispute settlement proceedings, including at ICSID, the ICC and the International Court of Justice. He also works with governments of petroleum producing countries and national oil companies in the full range of matters related to oil and gas exploration, production and monetization, including the resolution of disputes.

Dr Alejandra Torres Camprubi

Dr Alejandra Torres Camprubi, Attorney, Foley Hoag LLP, is an international dispute resolution attorney in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department. Based in the firm’s Paris office, Alejandra is admitted to practice in the Madrid Bar as well as the Paris Bar as an EU lawyer. She focuses her practice on public international law, international investment arbitration, and set-aside proceedings before French courts. She has particular experience representing sovereign States and State-owned entities in arbitration proceedings administered by ICSID and the PCA, as well as in inter-State cases before the ICJ and ITLOS. Her areas of expertise include international environmental law, with a particular focus on climate change law and policy, and the interaction of this field with the international law of the sea and the law on statehood. She acted as legal counsel in the United Nations climate change negotiations and has recently been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, as part of an international and interdisciplinary project on the legal consequences of the Anthropocene for International Law. Alejandra has published in matters relating to loss of statehood due to sea-level rise, climate change and international security, and fairness in the international regime on climate change and has lectured on these topics in several universities and international organizations. She is also an active member of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise.

Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum

Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Managing Director, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, is a Professor of International Public Law and a former Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) where he served from 1996 to 2017. He was Vice President of ITLOS 1996-1999 and President of ITLOS from 2005-2008. He is a Member of the International Environmental Board of Arbitration, The Hague (since 2001), has been a Member of the Arbitration Panel on Antarctica since 2017, and has been a member of several international arbitral tribunals such as Chagos Archipelago (Mauritius v. United Kingdom) and the South China Sea (Philippines v. China). Since 2013, he has been the Managing Director of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.