Nicola, an associate in our Washington, DC office, represents States and private parties before a variety of international courts and tribunals. She works on high value, complex commercial disputes, as well as disputes brought under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Nicola’s experience includes arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, including the South China Sea (Philippines v. China) arbitration, and proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She appeared as counsel on behalf of the Republic of Vanuatu in ICJ advisory opinion proceedings concerning the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965.
Nicola also advises and represents parties in arbitration-related court matters. Most recently, she appeared as counsel in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of the ICC in Halliburton v Chubb.
Nicola has an active pro bono practice, with a particular interest in environmental law and human rights. She has attended the international climate change negotiations since 2009, providing pro bono legal support to developing countries and non-State actors. Nicola recently advised the international NGO, REDRESS, on matters relating to the representation of victims of torture before domestic and international courts and tribunals. She is also the Legal Secretary to the Ethics Commission of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and provides legal advice on matters relating to the governance of the ITF in accordance with its Code of Ethics.
Nicola is a member of the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in International Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings and the ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes. In 2018, she was a member of the team that jointly won the Stockholm Treaty Lab (a treaty innovation prize).
Nicola holds degrees from Cambridge (BA), Imperial College, London (MSc), University of Law, London (LLB), and University College, London (LLM). She trained at a leading human rights barristers’ chambers and clerked for a prominent arbitrator and former Justice of the UK Supreme Court. She is admitted to practice as a barrister in England and Wales.