The Role of the Government Attorney in Litigation before International Tribunals

The Government Attorneys Interest Group (GAIG) invites all ASIL members and the public to join us for an informative roundtable discussion on the role of the Government Attorney in litigation before international tribunals. For those interested in the practical aspects of international law, this roundtable offers insight into the challenges faced by Government Attorneys as they prepare the State’s case before international courts and tribunals. Panelists will share their experiences in putting litigation teams together; provide insights on how inter-agency coordination in Government operates; discuss how the State functions as a “client” and whether there are possible intercultural difficulties working with counsel from different legal traditions; and finally, what the “new normal” will be in litigation before international tribunals after the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A among the panelists and participants.


  • Nilufer Oral, Centre for International Law, Singapore; member of the International Law Commission; former legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey (Moderator)
  • Carolina Valdivia Torres, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile; former Director General of Legal Affairs and ICJ Agency Executive Coordinator
  • Sir Michael Wood, Twenty Essex Chambers, London; member of the International Law Commission; former principal Legal Adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Toby Landau QC, sole practitioner, London; Duxton Hill Chambers, Singapore
  • Yukiko Takashiba, Seinan Gakuin University; former Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

 This session is organized by ASIL's Government Attorneys Interest Group.