Renowned Public International Lawyers Professor Sean D. Murphy and Professor Christian J. Tams join Matrix


Matrix is pleased to announce that Professor Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at George Washington University, Washington, DC, and Professor Christian J. Tams, International Law Chair at the University of Glasgow will join us as associate members with immediate effect.

Professor Murphy teaches, writes and practices in the fields of public international law and US foreign relations law. Formerly legal counsellor at the US Embassy in The Hague, and US agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, Sean has argued cases before the International Court of Justice, and appeared as counsel or expert in arbitrations convened under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He was elected as a Member of the UN International Law Commission in 2011, where he serves as Special Rapporteur for Crimes against Humanity.

Professor Tams teaches, writes and practices in the fields of public international law and international arbitration. His particular specialisms are inter-State litigation, State responsibility/State immunity, investment treaty disputes, and international sports law. Christian has acted in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal as well as in investment disputes. A qualified German lawyer, he is also a member of the German Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Professor Philippe Sands QC of Matrix says:

“We are truly delighted to welcome Christian and Sean as new members at Matrix Chambers. Both are extraordinarily accomplished international law scholars and seasoned practitioners: experienced and independent, pragmatic and creative, each adds a new dimension to the membership of chambers.”

Lindsay Scott, CEO of Matrix says:

“I am delighted that two such eminent academics and practitioners of public international law have decided to join Matrix International. They will further enhance our group of prominent experts who practice worldwide in this area.”