Kate specialises in public international law and international arbitration. Her practice covers the full range of public international law including land and maritime boundaries, law of the sea, state responsibility, treaty obligations, immunities, the use of force, international humanitarian law, international trade law, human rights, environmental law and sanctions. She also represents states and investors in investment treaty arbitrations, including under the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules.
Kate has extensive experience as an advocate before international tribunals and domestic courts. Kate has been instructed and appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in disputes concerning land and maritime boundaries, transboundary environmental harm, and treaty and other international obligations. She has also been instructed in several cases before the European Court of Human Rights. She has recently appeared before the English courts in numerous leading cases involving diplomatic immunity, head of government immunity, and Foreign Act of State.
She also sits as arbitrator in international commercial disputes across a range of sectors and institutional rules. Kate holds Australian nationality only.
Kate is recommended as a leading junior for public international law in the legal directories. She has been most recently described as having a ‘first rate intellect, very well-organised mind, very diligent and able to get on with whatever the task – including complex factual and expert issues.’
Kate has taught public international law, international investment and commercial arbitration, and international human rights law at the universities of Cambridge, Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas), Queen Mary (University of London), Queen’s University (Canada), Queensland and at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.Privacy notice