Currently living in Sydney, Australia, Leon Trakman has published 8 books and over 100 articles on contracts, investment, commercial law and international commercial arbitration.




March 2016

Prof. Leon Trakman is Appointed as the Director of the Master of Law in Dispute Resolution at the University of New South Wales

As of January 2016, Leon Trakman is leading the LLM Program in Dispute Resolution (arbitration and mediation) at the University of New South Wales. As the Director of the Program, Leon Trakman will focus on creating the appropriate curriculum to train the next generation of arbitrators and mediators. 

The center has enjoyed great success in its work. Last month, UNSW team coached by the center was named best in the world at the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition, winning the grand final in Paris.


February 2016

Latest Arbitral Appointments

Between 2014 and 2016 Professor Leon Trakman presided over a number of high profile commercial disputes. The summary of these cases is provided below. For a complete list of arbitral appointment, please refer to this webpage.

Summary of the appointments for 2014-2016:

International Distributorship Dispute 
Appointment: Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Role: Chair of the tribunal (3 arbitrators)
Subject matter: Dispute over international supply contract. The claim exceeds USD100 million
Applicable Law: European Civil Law
Site: Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
NOTE: A major dispute with significant claims for damages. Served as the presiding arbitrator on a tribunal of three arbitrators

Two World Intellectual Property Disputes
Appointment: International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
Role: Sole Panelist (IP) and Co-Arbitrator (domain names)
Subject matter: Domain names and other IP matters
Applicable Law: ICCAN Rules
Site: Geneva
NOTE: Decision rendered in July 2015

Four Financial Services Dispute
Appointment: International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
Role: Arbitrator
Subject matter: Financial services
Applicable Law: United States State Law
Site: Singapore
NOTE: Decisions rendered in 2014 and 2015


December 2015

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Leon Trakman has joined the roster of arbitrators at the The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.

The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration is among the oldest arbitration centers in China. It provides world class facilities and strives to become the key arbitration center in the Chinese speaking world.

Leon Trakman is looking forward to working with clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region.


December 2014

Reforming Dispute Resolution Practice in the 21st Century 

The Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration publishes the summary of a major collaborative research project undertaken by Leon Trakman, Shiro Armstrong, Jürgen Kurtz and Luke Nottage on the future foreign direct investment regulatory framework of Australia, and in particular, its approaches to investor-state arbitration.

The full report is available at the Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration.


November 2014

Leon Trakman Joins The Pakistan Center for International and Commercial Arbitration Global Board of Advisors 

The Center for International and Commercial Arbitration was established in Pakistan as a response to Pakistan's growing involvement in arbitral proceedings in various international arbitral tribunals. It is tasked with improving local capacity to understand and engage with international tribunals.


Leon Trakman’s Latest Book is Now Available on Amazon

Leon Trakman’s latest book published by Oxford and titled Regionalism in International Investment Law, co-edited with Nicola Ranieri, is now available on Amazon.


Applicability of Contract Law in Cyberspace 

Legal Theory Blog posted a summary of Leon Trakman’s discussion on the applicability of contract law in cyberspace. For more on the discussion visit the Legal Theory Blog.


Australia's Rejection of Investor-State Arbitration 

International Economic Law and Policy Blog has coverage of Leon Trakman’s article on Australia’s rejection of investor-state arbitration (ISA). Will Australia’s rejection of ISA set new trends in investor-state dispute resolution? 

For more on the story follow the link to the International Economic Law and Policy Blog.


China and Investor-State Arbitration

Writing in the UNSW Center for Law, Markets and Regulation Blog, Leon Trakman analyzes China’s growing interest in the investor-state arbitration. 

For the full article, please visit the UNSW Center for Law, Markets and Regulation.


Future of Australia's Investment Regulation 

An interview with Leon Trakman on Australia’s controversial new investment policy, reported on the front page in the Legal Section of the Australian. Concerned about Australia’s current stance on investor-state arbitration (ISA), Leon Trakman stated that "Australian investors abroad probably will suffer, those hardest by this would be small to medium-sized companies". For more on this story, head over to the Australian.