Julianne Hughes-Jennett is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. Before joining the firm, Julianne was the head of the Hogan Lovells’ Business and Human Rights Group and a member of the firm's, International Arbitration and Class Actions and Group Litigation Groups. She has been appointed to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR as a member of the Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings. Julianne is a solicitor advocate with full rights of audience for civil matters at all levels of the English Courts.
She has extensive experience of complex, high-value commercial disputes (including ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID), focusing in particular on emerging markets in the natural resources, life sciences, TMT, Diversified Industries and Financial Institution sectors.
Julianne “has real arbitration experience and expertise (Legal 500, 2019) and is recognized as being “very smart and reliable” (Legal 500, 2019).
She has significant experience in Group Litigation before the English Courts and Class Actions in the US, including respect of alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including under the Alien Torts Statute. She also manages “bet the company” investigations in relation to business and human rights. She is currently Lead Counsel on a landmark case involving the defence of corporate executives accused of complicity in war crimes.
She leads the firm’s Business and Human Rights Unit, advising corporates on their compliance with soft and hard law human rights standards, including the UK Modern Slavery Act and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She develops due diligence and human rights impact assessments for companies to identify mitigate and prevent human rights impact, with a particular focus on the extractives, telecommunications, construction and artificial intelligence sectors.
Julianne is an active member of Arbitral Women and a Visiting Fellow on Rule of Law and Foreign Direct Investment at the Bingham Centre within the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. As part of the Business and Human Rights team, she won the Award for International Legal Services at the LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law’s Human Rights Due Diligence Forum.
- Lead Counsel in a landmark prosecution of corporate executives accused of complicity in war crimes.
- Acted for Churchill Mining Plc in the interim stages of an investment arbitration against the government of the Republic of Indonesia.
- Acted for a major energy company in relation to a group litigation action concerning oil spills in the Niger Delta.
- Member of the team that obtained summary judgment for Talisman Energy, a major energy company, sued in a class action on behalf of 300,000 southern Sudanese.
- Acted for the majority shareholders of Nemiroff Vodka in an LCIA arbitration commenced by the minority shareholders, together with advising on related proceedings in the BVI, Cyprus and Russia.
- Acted for clients in the natural resources sector with respect to claims arising under Joint Operating Agreements and related contracts.
- Acted for a multinational energy company in an arbitral claim concerning rights to an offshore oil block in Central America.
- Advised a multinational company in two arbitrations relating to ship building contracts.
- Advised a Latin America group in relation to a number of arbitrations following the global down turn.
- Business & Human Rights Litigation
- Class Action Litigation
- Crisis Law & Strategy Group
- Energy Sector Disputes
- Environmental Litigation
- International Arbitration
- Investigations, Government Enforcement & White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
- Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
- Transnational Litigation
- University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall
(B.A., Jurisprudence, 1998)
- Queens University
(LL.M., Human Rights)
- Chambers and Partners Global, Band 2 – Business & Human Rights Law (2020)
- Chambers and Partners Global, Band 3 - Business & Human Rights Law (2019)
- Legal 500, Listed individual - International Arbitration and Public International law (2019)
- Chambers Global, Business & Human Rights Law (Global-wide) (2018-2019)
- LexisNexis Legal Awards, Award for International Legal Services (2018)
- American Bar Association, International Pro Bono Rule of Law Award (2016-2017)
- 21 August 2020 - “Kenyan Workers File Complaint Against Unilever with UN Human Rights Bodies”, Opinio Juris
- 30 July 2020 – “Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence in times of COVID-19”, EJIL:Talk!
- 26 June 2020 – “Resolving Supply Chain Disputes in Compliance With the UN Guiding Principles”, Oxford Business Law Blog
- 19 June 2020 - "Business Views on Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Regulation: A Comparative Analysis of Two Recent Studies", Business and Human Rights Journal, Cambridge University Press
- 24 March 2020 - Kalma v African Minerals: English Court of Appeal Judgment Cuts Against the Grain of Common Law Cases on the Responsibility of Businesses for Overseas Human Rights Impacts
- 13 February 2020 - Julianne Hughes-Jennett, quoted in London Times on Quinn Emanuel's landmark research: "A UK Failure to Prevent Mechanism for Corporate Human Rights Harms".
- February 2020 – "A UK Failure to Prevent Mechanism for Corporate Human Rights Harms", British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
- July 2019 – What Role for Human Rights in Business?, Political Quarterly, Volume 90, Issue 3, Pages 347-602.
- May 2019 – The Implication of the UK Supreme Court’s Decision in Vedanta for the Management of Human Rights Risk in Overseas Operations and Supply Chains, Oxford Business Law Blog.
- February 2019 – Modern Slavery Act – Stricter Reporting Requirements on the Horizon.
- December 2018 – Supply Chain Liability Under the Law of Negligence: What Does Jabir and Others v. Kik Textilien Mean for European Companies with Supply Chains in the Sub-Continent and Other Common Law Countries?
- December 2018 – The Australian Modern Slavery Bill: The Next Frontier Corporate Accountability for Adverse Human Rights Impacts.
- December 2017 – “Jurisdiction and Parent Company Liability: A Catch 22 for English Domiciled Companies”, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, Vol. Xxviii, Number 11.
- Member of the Advisory Board for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law’s Human Rights Due Diligence Forum
- ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR as a member of the Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings
- European Society of International Law
- Arbitral Women
- British Institute of International and Comparative Law
- Visiting Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
- ICC Consultative Task Force on the Revision of the ADR Rules, Expertise Rules and Dispute Board Rules