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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

Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London, 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, a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings and General Editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement.   

Brekoulakis has been involved in international arbitration for more than 17 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: Arbitration and the Who’s Who: Arbitration—Future Leader 2017 and was nominated as the “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” Award of the Global Arbitration Review in 2016. Brekoulakis has been appointed in more than 25 arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Danish Institute of Arbitration, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) 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, shareholders’ and distribution agreements, IP contracts, shipping and insurance contracts, financial transactions as well as sports disputes.

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 (QMUL).


Postgraduate teaching:

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


Research interests:

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. Currently Professor Brekoulakis focuses on the following areas:

  • Public Policy and Public Interest
  • Consent, third Parties and non-signatories in international arbitration
  • Legal Reasoning, Decision Making and Impartiality
  • Third Party Funding
  • General Arbitration Scholarship.


Public Policy and Public Interest

  • Article, “Public-Private Arbitration and the Public Interest under English Law”, with Margaret Devaney, Modern Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
  • Book, Policies, including Public Interest in English Arbitration Law, co-author (Oxford University Press forthcoming 2017)
  • Chapter, “Transnational Public Policy in International Arbitration”, in Ortino & Schultz, Oxford Handbook in International Arbitration (Oxford University Press forthcoming 2017)

Consent, third Parties and non-signatories in international arbitration

  • Monograph, Third Parties in International Commercial Arbitration (Oxford University Press 2011)
  • Article, “Rethinking the Concept of Consent in International Commercial Arbitration: A New Theory on Non-Signatories”, Journal of International Dispute Settlement (forthcoming 2017)   
  • Chapter, “The Various Features of Consent in Arbitration” in Bjorklund, Ferrari and Kroll, Cambridge Compendium of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2017)
  • Article, “The Relevance Of The Interests Of the Third Parties In Arbitration: Taking A Closer Look At The Elephant In The Room”, 113 Penn State Law Review, (Summer 2009) pp. 1165-1187
  • Article, “The Effect of an Arbitral Award and Third Parties in International Arbitration: Res Judicata Revisited”, (2005) 16(1), American Review of Int’l. Arbitration (Columbia University) pp177-209.

Third, Legal Reasoning, Decision Making and Impartiality

Third Party Funding

  • ICCA-QMUL Task Force Report on Third Party Funding, co-author with Rusty Park and Catherine Rogers (forthcoming 2017)
  • Article, “It’s All About the Money: The Impact of Third-Party Funding on Costs Awards and Security for Costs in International Arbitration”, with Jonas von Goeler (Austrian Yearbook for International Arbitration forthcoming 2017)

General Arbitration Scholarship  

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

Public engagement

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