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Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, LLB (Athens) LLM (London) PhD (London)

Professor of International Arbitration and Commercial Law

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Stavros Brekoulakis

Professor Stavros Brekoulakis' CV [PDF]

Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), as well as an Attorney-at-Law. He teaches courses in International Commercial Arbitration, International Construction Contracts and Arbitration, International Commercial Litigation and Conflict of Laws, International Commercial Law. His academic work includes the leading monograph on Third Parties in International Commercial Arbitration (OUP 2010), the book Arbitrability: International and Comparative Perspectives (Kluwer 2009) and numerous publications in leading legal journals and reviews. He is currently writing (with Audley Sheppard) a book on Public Policy and Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration: a Common Law Perspective (OUP 2016). He is the Director of the Institute for Regulation and Ethics at Queen Mary, and the Co-Chair (with Professor Rusty Park and Professor Catherine Rogers) of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding. He is a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings and General Editor of the leading academic Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press).

Brekoulakis has been involved in international arbitration for more than 15 years as counsel, arbitrator and expert. Having practiced commercial law, arbitration and litigation as an in-house counsel and private practitioner, he currently serves as arbitrator and expert. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal in International Arbitration and has been appointed in more than 20 arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Danish Institute of Arbitration, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. His professional expertise focuses on arbitrations in the context of international business and trade transactions, including construction projects, sales of goods and distribution agreements, IP contracts, shipping and insurance contracts, and financial transactions.

He holds an LLB degree from the National University of Athens, an LLM degree in International Business Law from King’s College London and a PhD degree in Arbitration and Conflict of Laws from Queen Mary University of London.


Postgraduate teaching:

  • QLLM043 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration
  • QLLM051 International Commercial Litigation - Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • QLLM052 International Construction Contracts and Arbitration



Professor Brekoulakis' research focuses on a wide range of international arbitration and private international law topics including the role and relevance of third parties in arbitration, public policy and mandatory rules, decision-making in private and public justice, arbitration and the rule of law, constitutional aspects of arbitration, third-party funding, procedural justice and international arbitration, value diversity in international arbitration, arbitrability and scope of jurisdiction of private tribunals, reasoning in arbitral awards.

Selected Publications

Books / Edited Collections

  • “Public Policy in International Arbitration” (OUP forthcoming in 2015) (with Audley Sheppard)
  • “International Arbitration and Third Parties” (OUP 2010) - Monograph
  •  “Arbitrability: International and Comparative Perspectives”, (Kluwer 2009), co-author and co-editor with L.Mistelis

Articles in referred journals/Chapters in edited collections

  • “International Arbitration Scholarship and the Concept of Arbitration Law”, 36 Fordham Journal of International Law, 36(4) pp. 745-787 (2013)
  • “Systemic Bias and the Institution of International Arbitration: A new Approach to Arbitral Decision-Making”, Journal of International Dispute Settlement, 4(3) pp. 553-585 (2013).
  • Author, “Conflict of Jurisdictions in Arbitration: the (diminishing) relevance of the Lex Loci Arbitri”, in F. Ferrari and S. Kroell (eds), Conflict of Laws and Arbitration, (Sellier 2010)
  • “The Relevance Of The Interests Of the Third Parties In Arbitration: Taking A Closer Look At The Elephant In The Room”, 113 Penn. St. L. Rev, (Summer 2009) pp. 1165-1187.
  • “The Negative Effect of Compétence-Compétence: The Verdict has to be Negative”, Austrian Arbitration Yearbook (2009), pp. 237-258 SSRN
  • “On Arbitrability: Persisting Misconceptions and New Areas of Concern” essay in edited collection, Arbitrability: International and Comparative Perspectives, (Kluwer 2009) pp.19-45. SSRN
  • “Law Applicable to Arbitrability: Revisiting the Revisited lex fori”, essay in edited collection, Arbitrability: International and Comparative Perspectives, (Kluwer 2009) pp.101-121. SSRN
  • “Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: Observations on the Efficiency of the Current System and the Gradual Development of Alternative Means of Enforcement”, 19 (3-4) American Review of International Arbitration (Columbia University) (2008), pp. 415-446.
  • “The Notion of Superiority of Arbitration Agreements over Jurisdiction Agreements: Time to Abandon It” (2007) 24(4) J. Int’l Arb. (pp341–363)
  • “The Effect of an Arbitral Award and Third Parties in International Arbitration: Res Judicata Revisited”, (2005) 16(1), Amer. Rev. Int’l. Arb. (pp177-209)

PhD Supervision

Current PhD students

  • Ms Margaret Devaney: Investment Arbitration and Human Rights (acting as 1st Supervisor)
  • Bihter Kayzat Eker: The Modern Role of the 1958 New York Convention, and Ahmed El Far: Parallel Proceedings in International Arbitration
  • Mary Mitsi: The Role of Precedent in the Decision Making of Arbitrators

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