Laila Hamzi is a senior associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. She is an Australian-qualified solicitor and member of the firm’s international arbitration and litigation practice groups. Her practice focuses on commercial arbitration, investor-state disputes, public international law, commercial litigation and regulatory investigations.
Laila has acted on litigation and arbitration matters and investigations across numerous jurisdictions and industries. She has also handled arbitrations under the major institutional rules including the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, SCC, SIAC and HKIAC Rules.
Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Laila was a member of the litigation and arbitration team at a global law firm. She has also clerked for a Judge of the International Court of Justice, practised at a leading commercial firm in Australia, and on a legal defence team before The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, in The Hague.
Laila received her Masters of public international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2014 (with distinction). She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Genetics) from The University of Melbourne.
- Sovereign Litigation, Arbitration and Workouts
- London School of Economics and Political Science
(LL.M., with distinction, 2014)
- First in Specialism
- First in Specialism
- Victorian College of Law
(Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2011)
- The University of Melbourne
(LL.B., honours, 2010)
(B.Sc., Genetics, 2010)
Supreme Court of Victoria; High Court of Australia; Admitted in Australia only (Practicing under the direct supervision of a member of the bar of England and Wales)
- Ranked a key lawyer by Legal 500 in London Public International Law, 2020
- “Kenyan Workers File Complaint Against Unilever with UN Human Rights Bodies”, Opinio Juris (21 August 2020)
- “Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence in times of COVID-19”, EJIL:Talk! (30 July 2020)
- Sophie J. Lamb, Samuel M. Pape and Laila Hamzi, ‘Procedural Issues’ in John A Trenor (ed.) GAR Guide to Damages (Global Arbitration Review, 2018)
- Laila Hamzi and Samuel Pape,‘Tribunal Issues First Decision on Counterclaims in Urbaser S.A. and Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia, Bilbao Biskaia Ur Partzuergoa v. Argentina’, Latham & Watkins International Arbitration Newsletter (May 2017)
- Laila Hamzi, ‘ICSID Tribunal Declines Jurisdiction Under Most-Favored-Nation Treatment Clause in the General Agreement on Trade in Services’, Latham & Watkins International Arbitration Newsletter (October 2016)
- Supplement to Closed Material Procedures Under the Justice and Security Act 2013: A Review of the First Report by the Secretary of State (Bingham Centre Working Paper 2014/03), Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, BIICL, London, August 2014, with Supplement, L McNamara & L Hamzi, December 2014
- Laila Hamzi and Amelia Lynch, ‘Sporting Data: Australian and European Approaches to Fixture List Rights’ (2012) 10(7) World Sports Law Report
- Kate Clarke and Laila Hamzi, ‘Donations and Damages’ (2010) 24(5) Australian Insurance Law Bulletin