Public International Law

Public international law issues in commercial activities

IIn the modern global economy, not only human rights but a wide range of other public international law (PIL) issues increasingly arise in connection with investment projects, particularly those involving state actors. 

Although PIL is traditionally regarded as governing relations between states, it also affects commercial activities.

PIL applies to both contentious and non-contentious matters in such areas such as:

  • Investment protection;
  • State immunity;             
  • Environmental protection; and
  • International trade, to name but a few.

Public international law issues in Russian courts

Not surprisingly, Russian courts, like state courts in other jurisdictions, have to face an increasing number of PIL issues. However, commercial courts, courts of general jurisdiction, and even constitutional courts may not have a significant background or much experience in PIL. This makes competent PIL advice crucial to any party to the proceedings. Moreover, commercial entities may also seek advice on the implications of various inter-state proceedings affecting their business interests. In certain circumstances, private parties may be able to participate in relevant proceedings by submitting amicus curiae briefs.

Government regulations leading to public international law issues 

Government regulations and involvement in various business projects inevitably lead to PIL issues in transactional and other non-contentious matters.