Suzanne Spears

Suzanne Spears

Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow
Notre Dame London Law Program

Home Affiliation: Partner, Allen & Overy

Suzanne A. Spears has taught in the Notre Dame London Law Program since 2016. She is also a Partner in the International Arbitration Group at Allen & Overy in London and New York.

Spears is an experienced public international lawyer who specialises in international dispute resolution, Business and Human Rights (“BHR”) and Environment, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues.

Her international disputes practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, State-to-State disputes and transnational tort litigation. She has represented clients in international disputes under all the major arbitration rules (including ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID and PCA) and before the International Court of Justice. She also has advised clients with respect to transnational litigation before United States courts and the courts of England and Wales. She has particular experience with disputes involving Latin America and Africa, the energy and natural resource industries, human rights and the environment.

She is recognised globally for her expertise in BHR law and serves as a trusted advisor to clients facing BHR-related regulatory and litigation risks. In her BHR practice, she advises clients on dispute prevention and resolution, risk management, compliance, and governance. She also advises and represents private clients, governments and international organisations on a wide range of other contentious and non-contentious matters arising under public international law.

Spears previously was a partner at specialist public international law firm Volterra Fietta in London and also practiced in the international dispute resolution groups at Wilmer Hale and Debevoise and Plimpton in New York.  She has 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. 

Suzanne earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with highest honors from Tufts University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University’s School of Law.  She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Spain. She is a member of the New York bar and a registered foreign lawyer in the UK.