Public international law firm Volterra Fietta has strengthened its international investment arbitration and international business and human rights offerings with the hiring of Suzanne Spears as counsel. 

Suzanne has more than a decade of experience handling complex international disputes and is recognised as an expert in international human rights matters.

Suzanne has extensive experience advising and representing private clients, governments and international organisations on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law and international dispute resolution issues. 

Her practice focuses on investor-state disputes arising under international investment agreements and treaties; international commercial arbitration and transnational litigation; and state responsibility. 

Suzanne has represented and advised multinational corporations in high-stakes and complex international disputes under all the major arbitration rules and in transnational litigation before US courts. She has particular experience with disputes involving Latin America, Africa and the energy and natural resource industries.

Suzanne also advises multinationals on dispute prevention and resolution, risk management, compliance and governance focusing on the human rights impacts of business operations, and the emerging regulation of business and human rights.

Before joining Volterra Fietta, Suzanne was counsel in the London office of one of the world’s leading international arbitration practice groups. Before that, she worked in both London and New York in the international dispute resolution group of another leading global US firm.

Suzanne has also held positions with international human rights and foreign relations organisations, including the United Nations, the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights and the Council on Foreign Relations.