Merryl Lawry-White


Merryl Lawry-White is a Senior Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and member of the International Dispute Resolution Group based in London.

Ms. Lawry-White has particular experience across different areas of public international law, including years of practice advising clients in investor-state disputes brought under bilateral investment treaties and investment laws, and on issues related to transitional justice. Ms. Lawry-White is the co-lead associate in London on Debevoise’s Business Integrity Initiative. She is also a member of the Justice Rapid Response Roster of Experts that may be deployed to assist in the investigation, analysis and reporting of human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law violations. Ms. Lawry-White has an active pro bono practice, most recently advising the interveners on questions of state responsibility and international humanitarian law in R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills, and on an amicus brief relating to reparation under international law for sexual violence against girls in schools.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Ms. Lawry-White was a Juriste Adjointe at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, where she worked as the Legal Officer to the Former Vice-President of the Court, and, upon his retirement, to his successor.

Prior to working at the Court, Ms. Lawry-White was an associate in the Public International Law and International Arbitration Group of a leading international law firm. Ms. Lawry-White also had an active advisory practice, frequently advising state and commercial clients on issues of jurisdiction, conflict of laws, enforcement of arbitral awards, drafting arbitration clauses, as well as advising governments on issues of international law, transitional justice and treaty drafting.

Ms. Lawry-White has also worked with a human rights NGO in Nepal, advising on the international law aspects of two strategic litigation projects; with a leading transitional justice NGO in New York; and as the Project Coordinator of an HIV/AIDS Prevention Project in Rwanda.

Ms. Lawry-White frequently presents at conferences on issues of international law, transitional justice, business and human rights and commercial arbitration. Ms. Lawry-White holds degrees from Cambridge (MA) and New York University (LLM), where she was a transitional justice scholar. She speaks French and Spanish.

Ms. Lawry-White is admitted to practice as an Attorney in New York (New York Bar) and as a Solicitor Advocate in the UK.