Professor Stavros Brekoulakis

Professor Stavros Brekoulakis

Extremely intelligent and hard-working.

Standing out as a first-rate arbitrator; an expert in construction and commercial disputes who is regularly engaged in matters arising out of major infrastructure projects around the world.

Practice Overview

Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor in International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London and an arbitrator at 3 Verulam Buildings.

He has been involved in international arbitration for more than 25 years as counsel and expert, and currently serves as arbitrator.

Stavros has been appointed in more than 50 arbitrations (commercial and investment), as chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation Arbitration Centre, Danish Institute of Arbitration, Court of Arbitration for Sports. His professional expertise focuses on arbitrations in major construction and complex infrastructure projects, energy and natural resources projects, investment disputes, post M&A disputes, financial transactions, indemnity and distribution shareholders’ agreements, sale of goods contracts, IP contracts and sports disputes

He is regularly listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal: Construction and The Legal 500 being described as “extremely intelligent and hard-working”, “standing out as a first-rate arbitrator; an expert in construction and commercial disputes who is regularly engaged in matters arising out of major infrastructure projects around the world”.

Stavros has been named in 2018, 2019 and 2020 as a thought leader in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leader, which includes an “exclusive list of the most highly regarded arbitrators who truly stand out in their field as being leaders and who are held in the highest esteem by their clients and fellow practitioners”.

Stavros has been previously listed in the Who’s Who Future Leaders: Arbitration as one of the ten most highly regarded future leaders, being described as “very thorough and professional” and “held in the highest regard”.

He has been shortlisted twice in the past for the “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” Award of the Global Arbitration Review.

In 2020, Stavros received the 2020 GAR Award for Best Public Speech for his 2019 Roebuck Lecture on “The Unwavering Policy Favouring Arbitration under English Law”.

Stavros holds several public appointments including being a member of the LCIA Court, ICC Commission on Arbitration, the Investment Expert Trade Advisory Group of the UK Department for International Trade, Steering Committee of the UNCITRAL Academic Forum on ISDS, Expert Committee of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law, Co-Chair of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding, an Assistant Rapporteur in the International Law Association Committee of International Commercial Arbitration. He is the Editor-in-Chief of CIArb’s International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, General Editor of Journal of International Dispute Settlement, and Co-editor of Kluwer’s International Arbitration Law Library series.

Stavros’ academic work includes the leading publications on Third Parties in International Arbitration (OUP 2010), Arbitrability (Kluwer 2008), ICCA-Queen Mary Report on Third Party Funding (2018) and numerous publications in leading legal journals and reviews. He is currently leading a major empirical project on ISDS and impartiality and working on a book on Policies, including Public Policy in English Arbitration Law (OUP forthcoming).

As Arbitrator:

  • Co-arbitrator under Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning a US$ 500 million dispute arising out of an engineering subcontract (seat in Doha, law of Qatar).
  • Co-arbitrator under the UNCITRAL Rules in a multi-billion investment treaty arbitration claim arising out of US-Vietnam international investment agreements.
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning a US$ 220 million dispute arising out of the construction of a desalination plant in UAE (seat in Dubai, laws of the Emirate of Ras AL Khaimah and UAE federal laws).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a US$ 250 million dispute arising out of a contract for the construction of hydropower plant between a German construction company and a Romanian Employer (seat in Paris, Romanian applicable law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of London Court of International Arbitration in a US$ 260 million dispute arising out of a subcontract for the construction of a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia (seat in London, Saudi applicable law, including Sharia law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of a construction project between a Moldovan JV and the Government of the Russia Federation (seat in Stockholm, Russian applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a US$ 250 million dispute arising out of a turnkey (EPC) contract for the construction of a desalination plant between a UAE party and a Spanish party (seat in Dubai, UAE applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of the construction of a highway between an international construction consortium and the Greek State (seat in Athens, Greek applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of a subcontract for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant (FIDIC conditions) between a Romanian party and a German party (seat in Bucharest, Romanian applicable law).
  • Chairman in ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning a multi- million dispute arising out of a contract for the construction of a transport and road infrastructure project (FIDIC conditions) between an Italian party and a Moldovan party (seat in Paris, Moldovan applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator in a consolidated case under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of an EPC contract and subcontract between a French, a Spanish and a German party (seat in France, French applicable law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of a construction project between a Brazilian and a US party as Claimants, and a Brazilian party as Respondent (seat in New York, Brazilian applicable law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute between a German contractor and a Romanian state entity arising out of the construction of a major infrastructure project (FIDIC Rules, Romanian Law, seat in Bucharest).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of an engineering project in Kazakhstan between a Turkish engineering company and a UAE contractor (seat in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Kazakh law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of licence and distribution agreement between an Irish and Finnish party (seat in Dublin, Irish applicable law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a supply contract between an English and a Lebanese party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a post M&A dispute between a Singaporean and a Swiss party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning a post M&A dispute between two Greek parties (seat in Athens, Greek applicable law).
  • Chairman under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning a multi-million pharmaceutical dispute between a UK and Swiss Party (seat in Paris, English applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a multiparty dispute between a number of Kuwaiti and Swiss parties arising out of an investment agreement (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a finance agreement between an English party and a UAE party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a finance agreement between an English and a Swiss party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, concerning a dispute arising out of a sale of goods contract between an English and a Dutch party (seat in London, English applicable Law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, concerning a dispute arising out of a sale of goods contract between a Swiss and a US party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of Stockholm Chambers of Commerce in a US$ 150 million dispute arising out of the development of a major gas-condensate field in the Republic of Uzbekistan between a Malaysian and an Uzbek party (seat in Stockholm, law of Uzbekistan).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of the construction of a major infrastructure project between a multi-national construction consortium and the Greek State (seat in Athens, Greek applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, concerning a multi-million dispute arising out of a concession contract between a Greek construction company and the Greek State (seat in Athens, Greek applicable law).
  • Sole Arbitrator under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules concerning a dispute arising out of a contract for the construction of underground natural gas storage between a Polish and Italian party (seat in Warsaw, Polish law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a post M&A dispute between a BVI party and a US party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Emergency Arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning a post M&A dispute between a Turkish party and a UAE party (seat in Istanbul, Turkish law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a finance agreement between a US and a Jordanian party (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, concerning a dispute between an Irish and a Singaporean party arising out of a commodities (coal) transaction (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, concerning a dispute arising out of a carbon credit project development between an Australian Bank, and a German, a Chinese and a Swiss company (seat in London, English applicable law).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce concerning between a German contractor and a Romanian state entity arising out of the construction of a major infrastructure project (FIDIC Rules, Romanian Law, seat in Bucharest).
  • Co-arbitrator under the Rules of Danish Institute of Arbitration, concerning a dispute between a Danish and a Greek party arising out of an exclusive distribution agreement (seat in Copenhagen, Danish applicable law).

As Counsel:

  • As corporate counsel and associate in law firm has dealt with numerous ICC, ad hoc, LMAA arbitration proceedings in relation to disputes on sales of goods, construction of vessels, charter-party agreements, shareholder agreements and construction projects.

As Expert:  

Has provided legal expert opinion in relation to the following matters:

  • Validity and interpretation of an arbitration clause under Swiss Rules (in a dispute between a Turkish and a Swiss party).
  • Res judicata effects of an ICC award (in a dispute between an Israeli and a Dutch party).
  • Whether a non-signatory party is bound by an arbitration clause in ad hoc arbitration proceedings (dispute between an English and a Cypriot party).
  • Appropriate standards of review by Greek national courts of arbitral awards in terms of public policy.
  • Whether an English arbitral award can be challenged by English courts for violation of the right of a party to present its case.

2018 – Present, 3 Verulam Buildings (Gray’s Inn)

Associate Member receiving instructions as Arbitrator

2005 – Present, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor in International Arbitration

  • Teaches LL.M. courses in International Commercial Arbitration, Construction Contracts and Arbitration, International Commercial Litigation and Conflict of Laws, and Commercial Law
  • Publishes extensively in the fields of international arbitration, private international law and commercial law
  • Appears regularly at international conferences and events
  • Director of Research of the Centre of Commercial Law Studies

1999 – 2004, Karydakis and Partners Law Offices, Piraeus

Associate

  • Appeared as counsel before Greek courts in numerous commercial cases
  • Appeared as counsel in ICC, LMAA, and ad hoc arbitration cases

1997 – 1999, New Wave Shipping, Piraeus

Legal Counsel

  • Responsible for a variety of commercial and maritime transactions
  • Worked in LMAA and ad hoc arbitration cases