Monica Feria-Tinta practices in public international law, conflict of laws, energy and natural resources, and international arbitration. She acts for States, international organisations, and private parties. She has particular specialisation in public international law, having broad experience both as counsel and as adviser in international litigation before international courts and tribunals as well as an adviser in non-contentious matters. She has expertise in all areas across the field of public international law including sources, jurisdictions, immunities, treaty law, law of the sea, international criminal law, international humanitarian law (laws of war), State Responsibility, Use of Force, international human rights law, expropriation and international investment law. Her scholarly work has been cited before the International Court of Justice such as in the case of Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America)
Monica brings to her practice at the Bar over 15 years of international litigation experience. She has appeared as counsel before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, and has experience preparing representations before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, having previously worked for the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and acted as adviser in diplomatic fora.
Her international litigation work has been at the forefront of important developments in international law, often entailing the adjudication of complex cases on a large scale dealing with some of the most compelling issues of international justice of our time (such as Genocide and crimes against humanity). Her litigation work before the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights in particular, created landmarks in that regional system including a judgment ordering the prosecution of a former Head of State. In 2006 she received the Inge Genefke International Award and in 2007, the Gruber Justice Prize, which honours individuals who have advanced the cause of justice as delivered through the legal system (shared with Justice Carmen Argibay from the Supreme Court of Argentina and Judge Carlos Cerda from the Supreme Court of Chile).
Since being called to the Bar, Monica has diversified her practice to address issues of public international law before domestic courts in England, and private international law, often in a commercial context. Monica enjoys cross-border, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has particular interest in extra-territorial claims. She has experience in the representation of cases before the Court of Appeal and the High Court. Monica is currently instructed as part of the legal team acting for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in The Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation (a multi-million pound claim brought by over 40,000 individuals, arising out of the Mau Mau Emergency) before the High Court of Justice and as lead counsel on a ground-breaking multiparty international claim before the UN CEDAW Committee.
Monica also acts in both investment and commercial international arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules (including ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC and ICC Rules) and applicable laws.
Monica is dually trained in the common law and civil law systems. As the first Latin American lawyer to be admitted to the Bar of England and Wales currently in practice, she retains a keen interest in cases arising from the Latin American region, including those in Investment arbitration and in the area of energy and natural resources.