Foley Hoag Partner Paul Reichler Named Litigator of the Week, Profiled by The New York Times

Reichler Hailed for Winning “Sweeping” Victories on Behalf of the Philippines and Uruguay

July 20, 2016

Foley Hoag partner Paul Reichler has been named “Litigator of the Week” by American Lawyer Media on its site for his recent victories on behalf of both the Philippines and Uruguay. In addition, Reichler was featured in a New York Times profile entitled “Defending David Against the World’s Goliaths in International Court.”  

In a span of just five days, Reichler, along with a team of Foley Hoag attorneys, won two significant international cases that will have major impact around the world. First, Reichler won a successful defense of Uruguay’s strict regulation of tobacco packaging and branding against a challenge by Philip Morris International (PMI). He subsequently won a sweeping victory against China on behalf of the Philippines regarding control of the South China Sea.

“I am proud to have worked on behalf of both Uruguay and the Philippines to achieve precedent-setting decisions in both cases,” said Reichler, who also serves as Chair of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department. “I thank both American Lawyer Media and The New York Times for their recognition. I am blessed to have such a talented and dedicated team of attorneys at Foley Hoag to work with.”

Named “Mr. World Court” on, Reichler’s litigation work on behalf of Uruguay prompted an international arbitral tribunal on Friday, July 8, to reject a challenge by PMI to the country’s strict tobacco-control measures, aimed at reducing cigarette consumption and its devastating impact on public health.

On Tuesday, July 12, an international arbitral tribunal unanimously rejected China’s claim to “historic rights” in the maritime areas encompassed by its so-called “nine-dashed line” as inconsistent with the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. The case, which ruled in favor of the Philippines, captured global attention because it involves critical issues relating to China’s expansive claims over some 90 percent of the South China Sea, an area of major strategic importance through which over 50 percent of the world’s commercial shipping passes each year.

“Paul Reichler has been dubbed Mr. World Court for his dominance at the seat of public international law,” states. “But in the past week Mr. World Court became Mr. Arbitration.”

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