MONICA FERIA-TINTA Barrister, 20 Essex Street Chambers
Speaker at the World Law Forum Conference on Arbitration of Business and Human Rights Disputes, London - 2019
Monica is a barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers, a leading commercial Barristers’s Chambers in London. She is a specialist in public international law. Her practice covers the full spectrum of public international law areas including law of the sea, boundary delimitation, international rivers, state responsibility, environmental law, investment law, international dispute settlement, treaty law, immunities, human rights, ius ad bellum and the laws of war. Her practice also covers private international law, international arbitration and public law with an emphasis on human rights.
Monica acts as counsel in cases before English courts, international courts, and arbitral tribunals under a variety of rules (ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC, SCC, LCIA and ICC) and applicable laws. She has appeared or advised before the International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration, ITLOS, UN Human Rights Committee, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, ICSID, SIAC and ICC tribunals, International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia, UN Special Rapporteurships and diplomatic fora. Monica’s litigation practice regularly involves cross-border, multi-jurisdictional disputes. She has advised on environmental/human rights disputes arising from large investment projects in Colombia ( building of an oil pipeline), in Myanmar (the construction of large-scale dam), in the Amazon ( gas exploration affecting protected Amazon areas) and in Guatemala (hydroelectric projects in indigenous land). She has published widely in public international law, including a forthcoming book by OUP. She is the author of “Like Oil and Water” a piece focusing on human rights in investment arbitration (JOIA, Issue 34, No 4) and has been a speaker at the UN Forum on Business & Human Rights under the chairmanship of the vice-president of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights.
Prior to the Bat Monica worked for international tribunals including the International Court of Justice and was a scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for international Law. She holds an LLM ( LSE) and The Hague Academy Diploma in international law. Monica advises in English, Spanish and French. In addition to her work as counsel, she accepts appointments as arbitrator. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Her international litigation work, at the forefront of important developments in international law, has been recognised with international awards such as the Gruber Justice Prize which she received in Washington DC at a ceremony chaired by US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Inge Genefke International Award.