LA-headquartered law firm Quinn Emanuel has been appointed as counsel by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in respect of the inter-state proceedings being brought by Ukraine against the Russian Federation under the European Convention on Human Rights arising out of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified and unlawful acts of aggression and invasion of the sovereign territory of Ukraine.
Quinn Emanuel London lead partners Alex Gerbi, co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel’s London office, and Julianne Hughes Jennett, and their team will be assisted in this most important mandate by counsel teams at both Blackstone Chambers, led by Timothy Otty QC, and Twenty Essex Street, led by Guglielmo Verdirame QC.
“Ukraine and its legal team are deeply committed to ensuring that Russia’s egregious conduct is subjected to full scrutiny before the Strasbourg Court and that Russia is held to account for its heinous ongoing breaches of the most fundamental rules of international law which are causing such devastation to Ukraine and its people,” the firm stated.
The firm has been representing the State of Ukraine and its interests for many years, including on important and highly sensitive claims against Russia relating to the illegal invasion and purported annexation of Crimea in 2014. Due to the firm´s close relationship with key Ministries of the Ukrainian government, since the outset of the invasion it has been advising on many international legal issues occasioned by the invasion.