Professor Attila Massimiliano Tanzi

Professor Attila Massimiliano Tanzi

Practice Overview

Attila Tanzi, PhD, is Professor of International Law at the University of Bologna. He was a visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London, at the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and the University of Vienna, and director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law. He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre, a member of the International Supervisory Board of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Arbitration Centre (OIC-AC), conciliator conciliator at the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Chairman of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention. He was a legal advisor to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Environment. On several occasions, he was a member of Italy’s delegation to the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the UN General Assembly and international diplomatic conferences. He is listed on the PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration) specialised panel of Arbitrators for Environment disputes.

Notable cases as counsel or advisor that are in the public domain include: before the ICJ, Elettronica Sicula S.p.A. (ELSI) (United States of America v. Italy) case (advisor for Italy); before ITLOS and UNCLOS ad hocAnnex VII Tribunals, The “M/V Norstar” case (Panama v. Italy) (lead counsel for Italy) and The Enrica Lexie Incident (Italy v. India) (counsel and advocate for Italy); before ad hoc Tribunals, The Wet Dock of Puerto Caldera (Italy v. Costa Rica) case (lead counsel for Italy) and The Indus Waters Treaty Arbitration (Pakistan v. India) (counsel and advocate for Pakistan).

Notable cases as Arbitrator that are in the public domain include Italy v. Brazil (ICC Case No. 12988/FM); Italy v. Cuba ad hoc arbitration; Sevilla Beheer B.V. and others v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/27). He is currently nominated as Arbitrator in one ongoing ICSID case.

Attila Tanzi regularly advises governments and international organisations on international law matters, including questions concerning investment law, treaty interpretation, environmental law, the law of the sea, State immunity, the law of international organisations and international procedural law.

Winner: UK Bar Awards 2023
The Lawyer Awards 2022: Chambers of the Year