Martin Polaine is a lawyer of 30 years’ experience and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb). He has advised states, corporates and NGOs in Africa, Asia and Europe on public international law and international/transnational criminal law. His work has included treaty negotiation and drafting, international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, anti-corruption, counter-terrorism, countering maritime piracy, international co-operation in criminal matters, international sanctions, statehood/the recognition of states, immunities and international dispute resolution (including ICSID). He also has a strong and complementary background as a practising barrister and former senior prosecutor.

He has had conduct of numerous serious, complex and sensitive cases, with a particular focus on those with an international element and serves as an expert for international and regional organisations (including Commonwealth Secretariat, Council of Europe, EU, UN agencies (including UNDP & UNODC), and the OECD).

Martin has extensive experience in advising at ministerial and senior official level, as well as undertaking national legal evaluations, and designing and delivering capacity building and technical assistance programmes for both individual states and regional groupings. His wide-ranging representational roles have included mutual legal assistance negotiation and serving as the UK’s legal representative on the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

In addition to his substantive legal work, Martin is an experienced facilitator and crisis preparedness professional, who has conducted well over 200 exercises in both the public & private sector.  Since the late 1990s, he has debriefed a wide range of critical incidents, including counter-terrorism response.

Martin holds a degree in History from the University of Manchester, and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. He also holds a postgraduate degree in Public International Law from Concordia College, USA, a Certificate in US Constitutional Law from Yale University, USA and a Certificate in International Criminal Law from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio, USA).

He has published widely (with Oxford University Press and others) and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on public international law, economic and financial crimes, international criminal law and international co-operation (mutual legal assistance and extradition).

Areas of Expertise: Public international law (including immunities, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, statehood), anti-corruption/bribery, counter terrorism, conflict and security law, international co-operation, international sanctions, international criminal law, international dispute resolution and sports governance.


August 2018: Martin Polaine becomes a Fellow of Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Investment Arbitration Rules (1st January 2017) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC): A Brief Overview

Counter-Terrorism Law and Practice