Professor Chester Brown

Assoc Professor Chester Brown

2000 Menzies Scholar in Law

BA LLB (Melbourne) BCL (Oxon) PhD (Cantab)
Professor of International Law and International Arbitration
Associate Dean (International)
The University of Sydney



2009 – present: Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney; a Barrister at 7 Selborne Chambers, Sydney, and an overseas associate of Essex Court Chambers, London, and Maxwell Chambers, Singapore. His research interests are public international law, international dispute settlement, international arbitration, international investment law, and private international law.

2007 - Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

2007 – 2009: Assistant Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

2006: Visiting Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London

2005 – 2006: Part-time Lecturer in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Queen Mary College, University of London

2004 – 2007: Associate, and subsequently Senior Associate, International Law and International Arbitration Group, Clifford Chance LLP, London

2003 – 2004: College Supervisor in Public International Law, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Wolfson College, Cambridge

2002 – 2003: Guest Lecturer in Public International Law (undergraduate) and Settlement of International Disputes (LLM), University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

2000 - Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia

1999 – 2000: Articled Clerk and Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne

Select Publications

A Common Law of International Adjudication (Oxford University Press, 2007)

‘The Inherent Powers of International Courts and Tribunals’ (2005) 76 British Yearbook of International Law 195-244

‘The Settlement of Disputes Arising in Flexibility Mechanism Transactions under the Kyoto Protocol’ (2005) 21 Arbitration International 361-389

‘Access to International Justice in the Legality of Use of Force Cases’ (2005) 64 Cambridge Law Journal 267-271

‘ Strasbourg Follows Suit on Provisional Measures’ (2003) 62 Cambridge Law Journal 532-534

‘“Reasonableness” in the Law of the Sea: The Prompt Release of the Volga’ (2003) 16 Leiden Journal of International Law 621-630

‘The Evolution and Application of Rules Concerning Independence of the “International Judiciary”’ (2003) 2 Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 63-96

‘Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (New Application: 2002) (Democratic Republic of the Congo v Rwanda) Provisional Measures, Order of 10 July 2002’ (2003) 52 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 782-787

‘The Proliferation of International Courts and Tribunals: Finding Your Way Through the Maze’ (2002) 3 Melbourne Journal of International Law 453-475

‘Provisional Measures before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: The MOX Plant Case’ (2002) 17 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 267-288

Areas of Professional Interest

Public international law; Private international law; International arbitration

Apr 2009