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Three Crowns to support Arthur Watts Fellowship at BIICL

We are delighted to announce that Three Crowns has become the first law firm to provide core funding for the Arthur Watts Fellowship at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). The firm will initially make an annual donation for three years as part of a longer term commitment.

The Arthur Watts Fellowship in Public International Law was established by BIICL in memory of Sir Arthur Watts who was one of the leading international lawyers of his generation with a particular expertise in international arbitration and dispute resolution. The Fellowship and its activities are funded through the Arthur Watts Appeal with the aim of ensuring that the practical application of public international law remains securely at the heart of BIICL's work, without being dependent on seeking funding on a project by project basis.

Located in London, Paris and Washington DC, Three Crowns is a firm dedicated to international arbitration—commercial, investment-treaty, and inter-State. The partners come together from leadership positions at prominent international firms and bring extensive experience in all types and fora of international arbitration.

Constantine Partasides QC, Partner at Three Crowns said, "One of Three Crowns' foundational aspirations is to contribute to the development of international law, and committing to the Arthur Watts Fellowship is a meaningful way to realize that aspiration. This is a proud day for us, and we look forward to working closely with the Arthur Watts Fellow, and BIICL more broadly, over many years".

Robert McCorquodale, Director of BIICL, commented, "Law firms have supported the Institute's work for many years, but Three Crowns is the first law firm to make a multi-year donation to the Arthur Watts Appeal. We hope that this will encourage other law firms and organisations to support this important area of the Institute's work."

Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, Chairman of the Arthur Watts Appeal, said, "This is a particularly happy moment in the development of the Watts Fellowship, not merely because Three Crowns is the first firm to offer core support in this way, but because several of the firm's founding partners knew Arthur Watts and worked with him. We look forward to Three Crowns' continuing support for the Institute's work in international law and international arbitration not just materially but also intellectually".



For further details on BIICL or the Arthur Watts Fellowship please contact:

Sarah Taylor, Development Director

E: T: 020 7862 5433


1. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is one of the leading independent research centres for international and comparative law in the world. Founded in 1958, BIICL provides informed, independent and practical legal ideas for a global community. Its high quality and respected work involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent, from its base in the heart of London's energetic and multicultural legal network. BIICL undertakes five key activities: applied legal research; events and discussions; capacity-building training; world-leading publications; and fosters a diverse community of scholars and practitioners through its membership offer. (Registered Charity No. 209425. Company Registration 615025). For further information visit

2. Three Crowns, the world's first global arbitration law firm, launched in April 2013 with offices in London, Washington DC and Paris. It offers a unique business model in the legal sector, by focusing exclusively on arbitration; commercial, investment-treaty, and inter-State. Led by seven partners, who joined from top international law firms, the firm currently has about 40 lawyers.

3. Further details on the Arthur Watts Fellowship in Public International Law can be found here

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