Laurence Boisson de Chazournes joins Matrix Chambers


Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva, and an Associate Member of the Institute of International Law [IDI]. Professor Boisson de Chazournes joined Matrix Chambers on 1 May 2016.

Formerly Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Laurence is well-recognised for her role as adviser to many international organisations, states, law firms and foundations, as well as an arbitrator and counsel. She has expertise in the law of international organisations, international economic law, and international dispute settlement. She is particularly highly regarded for her profound expertise in international environmental law. She is an arbitrator in investment cases (ICSID) and in other fora, as well as Counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Professor Boisson de Chazournes is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a member of the WTO indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists, an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] and a member of the list of arbitrators of the French National Committee [ICC]. She is presently a visiting Professor at the Aix-Marseille University from which she received an Honorary doctorate in 2014.

Professor Philippe Sands QC, of Matrix Chambers and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London comments:

It is a total thrill that Laurence is joining Matrix. Having worked with her over many years in the academic context, and seen her in action in international litigation and other matters, I know her to be a truly outstanding public international lawyer, undoubtedly a leader in the field, working across a range of different areas, as counsel, adviser and arbitrator. Matrix is a natural home.”

Kate Cook, of Matrix Chambers and Chair of the Legal Response Initiative [LRI] comments:

Laurence brings a deep commitment and enthusiasm to all her cases. Her wide-ranging expertise will complement and expand the profile of the international and environmental groups at Matrix. She is a pleasure to work with and it is great to have her at Matrix.”

Lindsay Scott, CEO of Matrix Chambers, comments:

We are delighted that Laurence is joining Matrix. In the past twelve months, Professor Sean Murphy, Professor Christian Tams [press release available here] and Angeline Welsh [press release available here] have also joined us. Our members have long been recognised for their expertise in Public International Law and International Arbitration, and are involved in the most significant cases in these areas. The addition of Laurence to our globally-renowned group of experts will enhance the service we can offer to our clients.”