Brendan has a broad practice covering all aspects of public international law and commercial arbitration.
Brendan has advised states, NGOs and private entities on a wide range of issues, including territorial sovereignty and land boundaries, maritime delimitation and the law of the sea, international environmental law, international investment protection, the law of treaties, human rights, refugee law, and international cultural heritage law. He also has experience in commercial arbitration.
Brendan has acted in cases before a variety of international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights, the UN Committee Against Torture, and the East African Court of Justice. He has also acted in cases before national courts, including the UK Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.
Brendan was previously an Academic Research Panelist at Blackstone Chambers (2015–2021), where he assisted on questions concerning human rights and refugee law, media law, privacy and data protection, and he has practiced at major law firms in Sydney and London, including Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) and Latham & Watkins.
Alongside his legal practice, Brendan has enjoyed an extensive and far-reaching career in academia. At the University of Cambridge, he is Associate Professor at Downing College and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and was previously a Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is co-author of Evidence before the International Justice (2009, BIICL), and author of Effectiveness and the Adjudication of Territorial Disputes (2022, OUP). He teaches international law and contract law at the University of Cambridge, and has lectured on all aspects of public international law at universities around the world.Privacy notice