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Jessica Gladstone

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

London, GBR

Jessica Gladstone
International Counsel

Areas of Practice
  • Litigation
    -International Dispute Resolution; General Commercial Litigation
  • Energy & Natural Resources

Jessica Gladstone is International Counsel in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, resident in the London office. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, international commercial and investment arbitration and public international law. She acts in commercial and international disputes across a variety of jurisdictions and industries, advises on all areas of commercial and public international law and has experience negotiating multilateral treaties and representing the UK at the United Nations and in other international institutions.

Ms. Gladstone is ranked as “up and coming” for public international law in Chambers UK (2014) and is described as “one of the most capable young solicitors in London.” She is praised for her knowledge and temperament, and is singled out for her responsiveness. “She comes back immediately with a solution,” report clients. She is “highly rated” for international arbitration in Legal 500 UK (2013) and was “singled out for praise” in Legal 500 UK (2012) where she is recommended for Public International Law. In Chambers UK (2013), sources praise her for being “always efficient and on top of the issues”, and she is named in Super Lawyers (London, 2013) as a Rising Star.

Ms. Gladstone joined the firm in 2010, from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she was a Legal Adviser from 2007 to 2010. She managed international and domestic litigation, and represented the UK at the UN General Assembly, in the Council of Europe, and in cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gladstone also acted for the UK in various multilateral and bilateral treaty negotiations, including treaties on environmental protection and civil aviation.

Ms. Gladstone obtained her Higher Rights of Audience to become a solicitor-advocate in 2006. She has represented clients across multiple jurisdictions, in foreign and international courts and tribunals (including ECHR, ACHPR, ICTR) and in international arbitration, under the rules of all the major arbitration institutions. She has advised on disputes arising in a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, investment banking, professional services, mining and natural resources, energy, engineering and shipping. Working with both corporate clients and governments, she has advised and resolved disputes in cases on breach of contract, negligence, fraud, breach of trust, public law and judicial review, competition law, financial regulatory investigations and breach of statutory and treaty obligations.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Gladstone is a Lecturer in International Commercial Arbitration at King's College London. She has previously taught Public International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.

Ms. Gladstone is a founding director and trustee of the international development pro bono charity, Advocates for International Development (A4ID).

She has a broad range of experience in international organisations, including the Atlantic Treaty Association and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Ms. Gladstone is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law (serving on the Program Committee, 2012-2013), the Young International Arbitration Group of the LCIA, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

Ms. Gladstone’s recent publications include “Judgment Call”, The Lawyer (April 2013) and “Energy And Investment Security: Protection Under International Law”, International Energy Law Review (2013, Issue 4).

Ms. Gladstone received her B.A. (hons) in Jurisprudence in 1999 from Balliol College, Oxford and her LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College) in 2000. Ms. Gladstone studied for her LPC at Nottingham Law School in 2001.

Selected Representations

  • Debevoise wins landmark case in the Caribbean Court of Justice
  • A Ukrainian company in an LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a shareholders’ agreement
  • An Asian government in an inter-state dispute in an ad hoc international arbitration under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • A sovereign in an inter-state dispute concerning natural resources
  • BTL Employees' Trust, a shareholder in Belize Telemedia Limited, concerning the re-nationalisation without compensation of BTL, and the amendment of the Belize Constitution to enshrine the nationalisations and to curtail the courts’ power to protect fundamental rights, including the right to property
  • A bank in anti-arbitration injunction proceedings brought by the host state to avoid arbitration under a BIT in the courts of Belize and Caribbean Court of Justice (before which Debevoise is believed to be the first non-Caribbean firm to argue a case)
  • Global Arbitration Review: Will ‘contract sanctions’ harm London as a seat?
    March 13, 2014
  • Debevoise honoured at Global Arbitration Review Awards
    February 13, 2014
  • Global Arbitration Review: Caribbean court overturns Belize injunction
    June 26, 2013
  • US and EU Sanctions against Russia and Ukraine: Key considerations
    April 03, 2014
  • Economic Sanctions - Commercial and Public Policy Perspectives
    February 13, 2014
  • International investment protection and anti-arbitration injunctions: Are all bets off on BITS?
    March 13, 2013

  • The Effect of the Crisis in Ukraine on Russian Deals – Part II
    March 31, 2014
  • EU Expands Sanctions Against Russia
    March 21, 2014
  • U.S. Expands Sanctions; Russia Responds
    March 20, 2014
Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales


Nottingham Law School, 2001, L.P.C.
University of Cambridge, 2000, LL.M.
University of Oxford, 1999, B.A.

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