Kate specialises in public international law and international arbitration. She acts for States and private entities on issues including land and maritime boundaries, investment treaty and contract disputes, human rights, law of the sea, State responsibility, treaty obligations, immunities, environmental law, sanctions and international crimes.
Kate regularly appears as advocate before the International Court of Justice. Kate is currently instructed in four pending cases before the International Court of Justice, concerning land and maritime boundaries, transboundary environmental harm, and an impugned obligation to negotiate.
Kate was appointed to the UK Attorney General’s Specialist Public International Law B Panel of Junior Counsel in 2017. In addition, in view of Kate’s particular expertise in the law of the sea, she was appointed to the consultant panel for the Commonwealth Secretariat on Oceans and Natural Resources, covering matters including maritime boundary delimitations and joint development zones for natural resources.
Kate also represents States and investors in investment treaty arbitrations, under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, and companies in international commercial arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and SCC Rules. She has also advised clients on how to structure their investments in order to take advantage of protections offered by investment treaties and foreign investment laws. Kate also has experience in international commercial arbitrations, especially in relation to concession agreements in the energy and transport sectors.
Kate's advice is frequently sought in matters involving the intersection of public international law with other areas of law, including EU law, international and regional human rights regimes, and commercial law.
Kate has a doctorate and a masters degree in public international law from the University of Cambridge and is widely published, particularly in the law of international dispute settlement. She has taught public international law, international investment and commercial arbitration and international human rights law, at the universities of Cambridge, Geneva, Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas), Queen Mary (University of London), and Queensland.