International Arbitration

Expertise in commercial and investment arbitration, legal strategy and dispute avoidance

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International arbitration is the default mechanism for resolving global disputes.

Most international commercial contracts today include an arbitration agreement. The flexibility and independence that arbitration brings is especially valuable as our clients navigate continuing market volatility and geopolitical tensions. Arbitration also offers a neutral forum, confidentiality and a final enforceable award.

Ashurst’s global international arbitration team focuses on developing dispute management strategies with regard to our clients' commercial goals. We advise at every stage of the dispute resolution process, from the incorporation of international arbitration agreements into commercial contracts, to the preparation for and conduct of proceedings, through to the enforcement of awards.

Our long standing experience encompasses all major institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules, and covers civil and common law systems.

We also have a wealth of experience in providing strategic and legal advice on public international law issues, including investment treaty arbitration.

For expert analysis, insights and commentary on commercial international arbitration and investment treaty protection, please see our international arbitration resources page.

Global team

A single global team

We operate as a single global team and leverage our presence in the world's major arbitral centres. We establish teams on a cross-office basis and often work closely with our clients' local counsel, especially in emerging markets.

Person balancing scales

Experience in all major arbitration institutions

Our experience encompasses all major international arbitration institutions and rules and the running of arbitrations under both common and civil law systems.


Industry focus

We have a proven track record in a range of industries, drawing upon the broad experience of our global team.


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How we can help

  • Oil & gas

    Oil & gas disputes are often cross-border and can raise a variety of issues.

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  • Power, utilities and renewables

    We have extensive experience in power, utilities and renewables disputes

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  • Mining

    Our experience in the mining sector includes advising in relation to commodity supply contracts

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  • Construction and infrastructure

    We have significant experience in construction and infrastructure project disputes.

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  • M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes

    Our experience in relation to M&A transactions, joint ventures and shareholder disputes

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  • Manufacturing and consumer products

    We have acted in arbitration proceedings in relation to both manufacturing and consumer products

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  • Public international law and investor state arbitration

    Our experience in public international law and investor state arbitration includes acting for states

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