public international law - Ivanyan and Partners
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Representing the Russian state at international fora

Ivanyan and Partners is the focal point in Russia for practical competence in Public International Law litigation matters.

In collaboration with leading foreign counsels and officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other Russian state institutions, we develop defence strategies and represent the interests of the Russian Federation in international courts, including the UN International Court of Justice. We also advise on alternative dispute resolution strategies in the domain of international law.


Legal defence of the Russian Federation in:

an arbitral tribunal case brought by Ukraine under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Ukraine’s claims concern diverse Russian activities in the Black and Azov Seas and the Kerch Strait, where Ukraine regards itself as a coastal state (2016-2022)

the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in a case initiated by the Republic of Georgia (Georgia v Russia II). The application is based on Georgian allegations against Russia of various human rights violations. The firm is acting as co-counsel for the Russian state, together with officials from the Ministry of Justice and other public agencies. The case raises a number of precedent-setting issues of public international law concerning application of the ECHR to armed conflicts and outside a state’s territory (2010-2021)

the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in proceedings brought by Ukraine under two international treaties: the Terrorism Financing Convention and the Racial Discrimination Convention. Ukraine claims that terrorist attacks have been committed in south-eastern Ukraine since 2014 and that Russia directly and indirectly provides funds to support such terrorist activities. It further claims that Russia discriminates against national minorities residing in Crimea (2017-2022)

several proceedings before the ECHR brought by Ukraine in relation to events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Ukraine claims that Russia is responsible for the actions of insurgents in eastern Ukraine and for human rights violations committed in Crimea since early 2014 (2014-2021)

and several other interstate disputes.