Louise Barrington, JD, Maitrise (Paris), Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator , Teacher, Administrator

Louise Barrington

Louise Barrington is a chartered arbitrator and accredited mediator, legally qualified in Ontario, New York and England. A Canadian, she also holds a British passport, and since 2004 is a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong. Combining practice with academic pursuits, she taught international and commercial law in Canada, England, Hong Kong and the USA, and has arbitrated scores of cases under ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, including wrongful dismissal, sales, banking, construction and shareholder disputes.

Ms Barrington founded ICC Asia in Hong Kong, acting as arbitration resource for businesses throughout the region. After teaching international law, arbitration and mediation at both City University and Chinese University’s Schools of Law, and at King’s College London, in 2009 Ms Barrington returned to full-time practice as principal of Aculex Transnational Inc. Based in Hong Kong but with assignments around the world, she sits as a full-time independent arbitrator. She continues to teach intensive dispute resolution courses for LLM candidates and runs training courses for both fledgling and experienced arbitrators. Through Aculex she is also available to provide discreet advice to law firms on international arbitration practice.

Ms Barrington founded and directs the annual Vis East Arbitration Moot (www.cisgmoot.org) and is the founder and past president of ArbitralWomen (www.arbitralwomen.org ) . She is a member of the ICC Arbitration Commission (Paris) and is active in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having held elected office for years in Asia and served for six years on the Education and Membership committee in London.

She is a co-author and editor of “The Danubia Files: Lessons in Award Writing from the Vis Moot”, published in 2013.

Ms Barrington speaks English and French fluently, along with conversational Spanish, a little German and very little Mandarin.

In 2011 she received the CPR Award for her contribution to diversity in the field of international dispute resolution.




  • Ethical Questions for Arbitrators. A chapter published in El Tratado del Arbitraje Internacional de Peru (in Spanish)
  • Then and Now - A Quarter Century of Women in Arbitration. New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, volume 5, number 1 , May 2012.
  • Morguard Investments v. Savoye: Developing International Implications; co-author, Dalhousie Law Review (1992)
  • International Commercial Arbitration: An Overview. delivered at International Export Techniques Seminar for the Chamber of Commerce of Sfax, Tunisia (1994)
  • Tools for the International Business Operator. Delivered at International Contracts Seminars; adapted and presented in dozens of countries on four continents
  • ADR in Europe: A Comparative Study. A confidential research project for the Canadian federal government (April 1995)
  • A Small Step Backward? A comment on the Ken Ren Cases, American Journal of International Arbitration (July 1995)
  • Arbitral Women: A study of Women in International Commercial Arbitration. Presented to the Conference of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, in The Commercial Way To Justice, Kluwer 1997
  • The Need for Speed – A Word from Asia, article in Improving International Arbitration, Liber Amicorum Michel Gaudet, B.G. Davis, ed., ICC Publishing S.A., 1998
  • Arbitration In Asia. Review of book by M. Pryles, for International Arbitration Journal, Autumn 1999
  • Business, Government and Civil Society – Working Together for a Better World, Asian Review of Public Administration, V. XII No 1, Jan-June 2000
  • Arbitration in Asia: Recent Trends. Canadian International Lawyer, April 2000
  • Dispute Prevention, Management and Resolution: Can We Do it Better? Building Journal Hongkong China, July 2000
  • Cultural Do’s and Taboos: Some Observations out of Asia. On IBA website: www.arbitration2000.com Book version for publication in Comparative Law Yearbook, Kluwer, The Hague, in 2001.
  • Arbitration in Hong Kong: Centre of Excellence. In Brief, October 2000
  • Partnering: The Way Forward for Hong Kong? Journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, December 2000
  • Enforcing arbitration awards in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Lawyer International, December 2000/January 2001
  • Arbitrating Compensation for Expropriation: IPPAs as the New Frontier, for LAWASIA Journal May 2001
  • Managing Disputes Better, presented to the International Conference on Construction, 19 June 2001
  • Mediating Across Cultures, Asian Dispute Review and in Mediation Newsletter, both in Spring 2002
  • The Project Manager as Mediator, Journal of the Association of Project Managers, Spring 2002
  • ICC’s New Guidelines for Arbitrating Small Claims, Lawasia Update, May 2003
  • The UNCITRAL Model Law, 15 Years On – presentation and paper for UIA Congress, Sydney 2003
  • Arbitrating Claims Under Investment Promotion and Protection Treaties, presented to Lawasia and the China Law Society, Shanghai, May 2004
  • The Arbitrating Mediator: Angel or Devil? - presented at the Congress of International Legal Studies, Rome Italy, June 2004
  • From Moses to MITs: A Brief History of International Arbitration, published in International Law FORUM du droit international, Fall 2004