Professor Loukas Mistelis is an acknowledged authority on international dispute resolution and investment treaty law. In 2006 he was listed as one of the “leading lights in international arbitration”, 45 under 45, amongst the top 15 highlighted members of the list, is listed on the Who’s Who Commercial Arbitration since 2007 and also a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators as well as the recipient of the GAR Award for best arbitration lecture of 2013. He is also listed as one of the Thought Leaders in International Arbitration.
Loukas Mistelis is the Clive M Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration and the Director of the School of International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. He joined Queen Mary University of London in 1998 and became a professor in 2005. He was also Visiting Professor, NYU in London (2006-2012), a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University London programme (2008-2011); he is Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (2013); he was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University Law School (spring semester 2007), Visiting Fellow at NYU Law School (2012), Visiting Professor at Keio University, Tokyo (2008), LUISS, Rome (2009) and Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon (2007, 2009). He is co-ordinating the LLM specialisation in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution. He teaches at the LLM programmes in London and Paris and is the co-ordinator of the courses in International Arbitration Law and Practice II, Investment Treaty Arbitration and Investment Arbitration: Substantive Protection and also teaches on the International Commercial Law and International Energy Transactions courses. In Paris Loukas Mistelis teaches International Investment Dispute Settlement, Regulation and Infrastructure of International Arbitration and Applicable Law and Procedures in International Arbitration. Loukas Mistelis has also developed directs our Diploma in International Arbitration by Distance Learning, the Diploma in International Mediation (ADR) by Distance Learning and the Diploma in International Arbitration, which is offered by CCLS with accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Professor Mistelis was the Secretary of the CISG-AC (Advisory Council of the Convention on Contract for the International Sale of Goods) from 2001 to the end of 2007. He is a member of the Academic Committee of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, an academic member of the Investment Treaty Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a member of the Advisory Board of the EFILA (European Federation of Investment Law and Arbitration) and a member of the Academic Committee of AIPN, Chair of Academic Committee of the Civil Mediation Council and President of the Court of CEDRAC (Cyprus Eurasia Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Centre).
Professor Mistelis was educated in Greece (LLB Hons Athens 1991); France (Certificate in International & Comparative Human Rights, IIHR, Strasbourg, 1990); Germany (MLE, 1992, Law School, Hanover, Germany, 1998); and Japan (Certificate in Japanese international trade law, Law School, Keio University, Tokyo, 1998). He has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1993. He is fluent in English, German and Greek, and has good knowledge of French, and basic knowledge of Polish, Russian and Spanish. Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) since 2001, became Fellow of the CIArb (FCIArb) in December 2016.
His research focuses on international arbitration (in particular, the internationalization of commercial arbitration, the status and role of international arbitrators, investment arbitration, protection of foreign direct investment, the interface of investment and commercial arbitration and harmonization of arbitration procedures), international commercial transactions (including long-term contracts, international sales and trade finance), international sales, secured transactions, gas pricing disputes comparative law (in particular, legal transplants and the role of the judiciary), unification of private law, commercial and civil law reform in Central and Eastern Europe and ADR.
He has practiced law in Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom, having also acted as a consultant in Cambodia, Japan, Moldova, Nigeria, Poland, Ukraine, and Vietnam. He has also advised several UK government agencies (such as DTI, BERR, MoJ) and international organizations, including the United Nations (UNCTAD, UNCITRAL and ECLAC) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (on law reform for various secured transactions legislative projects).
His substantial arbitration experience covers ad hoc and ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, Swiss Chambers and Moscow cases. Parties in these cases were from Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, BVI, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, UK, Ukraine, and the United States. Subject matters included foreign direct investment, sales contracts, aviation, distribution agreements, counter-trade, construction and infra-structure projects, defence contracts, mining, administration of natural resources, mining, and oil and gas transactions. He has also given advice on English and Greek law as an expert in arbitral proceedings and also before Swiss courts.