Public International and Diplomatic Law
Public International and Diplomatic Law
Public international law, including diplomatic law, is a complex and evolving field of law, as the activity of States and international organizations is increasingly intertwined with that of private actors such as individuals and companies.

Kelley Drye’s public international and diplomatic law team represents sovereign States, international organizations, State organs (Heads of State and other high-ranking government officials, diplomatic missions and permanent missions to international organizations, as well as members of their diplomatic staff), international civil servants (including UN, NATO and EU officials), companies and nongovernmental organizations.

Our clients choose us to handle their most complex issues because we bring comprehensive experience and an understanding of the nuances involved in preserving our clients’ rights in a firm but discrete manner.

We not only counsel clients on the technicalities of public international law issues, but also represent them before national and international courts and tribunals and in arbitration proceedings.  We assist them with dealings and negotiations with local authorities (such as protocol services or national social security administrations), and with day-to-day questions at the crossroads of public international law and domestic legislation (such as contracts, seizures, employment, real estate or tax).

  • Representing sovereign States in various domestic court cases involving State immunity questions.

  • Advising a sovereign State on WTO and EU rules governing public procurement in the defense sector.

  • Advising a sovereign State on issues pertaining to the protection of diplomatic premises and staff by its own armed forces

  • Advising a sovereign State on immunity questions associated with the export of a primary commodity.

  • Advising a sovereign State on issues related to the EU list of banned air carriers, and assisting in talks with the European Commission.

  • Advising a sovereign State on procedural aspects and possible third-party intervention before the General Court of the European Union in a case concerning EU restrictive measures.

  • Advising sovereign States on issues related to seizures of State or embassy bank accounts.

  • Assisting a sovereign State with various issues concerning the staff of its Permanent Representation to the EU.

  • Advising a sovereign State on the possible conflict between the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Assisting an international organization in negotiations with the host State on a treaty modifying the headquarters agreement and on a related, complex VAT dispute.

  • Advising an international organization on a potential international responsibility claim against the host State.

  • Representing international organizations in various domestic court cases involving jurisdictional immunity questions.

  • Representing international organizations in proceedings before national courts concerning attachment of bank accounts and related immunity from execution.

  • Representing a multinational company in proceedings before the Belgian Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) concerning the interpretation and application of the U.S.-Belgium treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

  • Representing a multinational company in litigation before domestic courts concerning the interpretation and application of the U.S.-Belgium treaty on social security.

  • Advising a foreign high-ranking government official on applicability of immunity from criminal jurisdiction.

  • Representing individuals in staff dispute proceedings before internal complaint bodies, the ILO Administrative Tribunal, the NATO Administrative Tribunal and the EU Civil Service Tribunal.
 
 

Overview

Public international law, including diplomatic law, is a complex and evolving field of law, as the activity of States and international organizations is increasingly intertwined with that of private actors such as individuals and companies.

Kelley Drye’s public international and diplomatic law team represents sovereign States, international organizations, State organs (Heads of State and other high-ranking government officials, diplomatic missions and permanent missions to international organizations, as well as members of their diplomatic staff), international civil servants (including UN, NATO and EU officials), companies and nongovernmental organizations.

Our clients choose us to handle their most complex issues because we bring comprehensive experience and an understanding of the nuances involved in preserving our clients’ rights in a firm but discrete manner.

We not only counsel clients on the technicalities of public international law issues, but also represent them before national and international courts and tribunals and in arbitration proceedings.  We assist them with dealings and negotiations with local authorities (such as protocol services or national social security administrations), and with day-to-day questions at the crossroads of public international law and domestic legislation (such as contracts, seizures, employment, real estate or tax).

Experience

  • Representing sovereign States in various domestic court cases involving State immunity questions.

  • Advising a sovereign State on WTO and EU rules governing public procurement in the defense sector.

  • Advising a sovereign State on issues pertaining to the protection of diplomatic premises and staff by its own armed forces

  • Advising a sovereign State on immunity questions associated with the export of a primary commodity.

  • Advising a sovereign State on issues related to the EU list of banned air carriers, and assisting in talks with the European Commission.

  • Advising a sovereign State on procedural aspects and possible third-party intervention before the General Court of the European Union in a case concerning EU restrictive measures.

  • Advising sovereign States on issues related to seizures of State or embassy bank accounts.

  • Assisting a sovereign State with various issues concerning the staff of its Permanent Representation to the EU.

  • Advising a sovereign State on the possible conflict between the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Assisting an international organization in negotiations with the host State on a treaty modifying the headquarters agreement and on a related, complex VAT dispute.

  • Advising an international organization on a potential international responsibility claim against the host State.

  • Representing international organizations in various domestic court cases involving jurisdictional immunity questions.

  • Representing international organizations in proceedings before national courts concerning attachment of bank accounts and related immunity from execution.

  • Representing a multinational company in proceedings before the Belgian Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) concerning the interpretation and application of the U.S.-Belgium treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

  • Representing a multinational company in litigation before domestic courts concerning the interpretation and application of the U.S.-Belgium treaty on social security.

  • Advising a foreign high-ranking government official on applicability of immunity from criminal jurisdiction.

  • Representing individuals in staff dispute proceedings before internal complaint bodies, the ILO Administrative Tribunal, the NATO Administrative Tribunal and the EU Civil Service Tribunal.
Partner
Email +(32)(2) 899-2941+(32)(2) 899-2941
Bert Theeuwes represents and advises international organizations, sovereign states, embassies, missions, heads of state, diplomats and international civil servants on all issues of international l...
Special Counsel
Email +32.2.899.2942+32.2.899.2942
Frédéric Dopagne is special counsel in the firm’s Brussels office. His practice focuses on advising and representing sovereign States, international organizations and their respective organs...
Associate
Email +(32)(2) 899-2943+(32)(2) 899-2943
Saskia Lemeire is an associate in the Brussels office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Public International and Diplomatic Law practice and the Belgian Law prac...

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