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Russia & CIS

We have worked in several countries across Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent Nations (CIS). This includes arbitration, extradition proceedings and issues relating to international sanctions.

Caratube International Oil Company v Kazakhstan (ICSID)

Luis González García advised the claimant oil company against the respondent Kazakhstan company in the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes concerning a US-Kazakhstan bilateral investment treaty. The issues surrounded post-award proceedings under the ICSID convention.

Cases concerning the conflict in Ukraine

Professor James Crawford, Luis González García and Michelle Butler have been involved in several cases concerning the legal implications of the Russian Federation’s intervention in Crimea, including potential international claims arising out of this action. Luis González García has also given several lectures in Ukraine on international law issues.

Khodorkovskiy v Russian Federation (European Court of Human Rights)

Jonathan Glasson QC represented the claimant Mikhail Khodorkovskiy, the former CEO of Yukos, in his application against the Russian Federation for the conduct of his first trial and detention in a Siberian penal colony.  The Court found fundamental breaches of Article 6, the right to fair trial as well as of Article 8, the right to a family life.  The Court said that the massive damages award made against him for allegedly unpaid tax was “arbitrary” and in breach of Article 1 of Protocol No 1 (the right to property).  The Court also found a breach of  Article 34 (right of access to the Court) as a consequence of the sustained harassment of Mr Khodorkovskiy’s ECHR lawyers.

Kezerashvili v Georgia (French Court of Appeal)

Raza Husain QC represented the defendant former Minister of Defence for Georgia in these extradition proceedings before the French Court of Appeal. The defendant was subject to an international arrest warrant through Interpol on charges of corruption. It was argued the request for extradition by Georgia was politically motivated. The appeal succeeded and extradition was refused.

Lawyer(s): Raza Husain QC
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