Constantine Partasides QC and Scott Vesel have recently authored an article in the European Human Rights Law Review on the international legal implications of a possible United Kingdom government policy of maritime push-back in the English Channel.

The article, “International Law and Maritime Push-Back”, explains why such a policy is highly unlikely to be consistent with the United Kingdom’s international legal obligations, including the obligations to provide assistance to persons in distress at sea, to protect the right to life, and to avoid inhuman or degrading treatment. The article also considers whether the policy may run afoul of the principle of non-refoulement.

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Constantine, a founding partner of the firm based in our London office, is recognised in all major directories and publications. Chambers UK list him as a “Star Individual” in International Arbitration—one of only two lawyers with this ranking, he was named in the “Hall of Fame” for International Arbitration in the 2021 edition The Legal 500 UK, and has been ranked as one of the “Top 20” individuals in the world of commercial arbitration every year since 2011 by Who’s Who Legal.

Constantine is a co-author of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the leading textbook on international arbitration, “Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration.”

Constantine is a solicitor-advocate (Higher Courts Civil) and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. He was educated at King’s College, London, and Cambridge University.


Scott, a partner in the firm’s Bahrain office, has a decade and a half of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, mining, technology, and agribusiness sectors. In addition to his private practice in international arbitration, he has served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and in an international organisation. He is qualified as an attorney in New York and as a barrister in England & Wales.

Scott has been recognised in various publications, including Who’s Who Legal every year since 2016, The Legal 500 UK Arbitration Powerlist 2019, and Lawdragon’s 2021 Global Litigation 500.

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