Columbia Law School to advise Ukrainian president on war reparations

A person walks through campus at Columbia University in New York City, March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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  • The school’s International Claims and Reparations Project is led by Allen & Overy partner Patrick Pearsall
  • It is convening academics and practitioners to examine international law responses to Russia’s invasion

(Reuters) – Ukraine has added to its growing arsenal of US lawyers, tapping Washington, DC-based Allen & Overy partner Patrick Pearsall through Columbia Law School as a legal advisor to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on reparations issues.

According to a filing with the US Department of Justice dated June 13, Pearsall is studying international law Remedies Ukraine may pursue in response to Russia’s four-month-old invasion.

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Pearsall did not report any income from the Ukraine engagement in the filing.

He is representing Zelenskiy as the director of Columbia Law’s new International Claims and Reparations Project.

The group is examining how Ukraine can utilize international law to bring claims against Russia and seek reparations for its hostilities, according to a May statement from Columbia Law.

The project also includes three Columbia law professors, University of Richmond law professor Chiara Giorgetti and international arbitrator Jeremy Sharpe.

Pearsall was unavailable to comment on the project Tuesday. Allen & Overy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Pearsall’s Ukraine work.

Pearsall is a Columbia Law alumni who previously served as the chief of investment arbitration at the US Department of State.

He registered with the Justice Department to represent Zelenskiy through Columbia’s project and not through Allen & Overy, where he represents

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