Chester Brown
Chester Brown

Chester’s practice focuses on international arbitration and other general commercial matters, and encompasses advisory work and appearances in court and before arbitral tribunals. He has particular expertise in disputes which raise issues of public and private international law, and he is presently engaged in a number of disputes arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

He was previously an Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, and a Senior Associate in the International Law and International Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance LLP, London. He is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the University of Sydney Law School, and an overseas associate of Essex Court Chambers, London.



  • Admitted to the NSW Bar: 2010
  • Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration: 2009
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales: 2007
  • Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria: 2000


  • 2008 - Certificate in Law, War and Human Rights, London School of Economics
  • 2001 – 2004: PhD in public international law, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
  • 2000 – 2001: BCL (Distinction), Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • 1992 – 1998: BA (German and French) (1st Class Hons), University of Melbourne
  • 1992 – 1997: LLB (1st Class Hons), University of Melbourne


Malcolm Holmes QC and Chester Brown, The International Arbitration Act 1974: A Commentary (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2018)

Chester Brown (ed), Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties (OUP, 2013)

Chester Brown and Kate Miles (eds), Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration (CUP, 2011)

Chester Brown, A Common Law of International Adjudication (OUP, 2007)