Alan S. Rau

  • Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair in Law


  • LLB Harvard
  • BA Harvard

Areas of Specialty

Professor Rau holds the Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.A. and LL.B. from Harvard University, and before going into teaching, practiced law with Coudert Frères in Paris. Rau is the author of Processes of Dispute Resolution: The Role of Lawyers (4th ed. 2006), and of numerous law review articles dealing with arbitration, most recently “The Limits of Arbitral Power: Yet Another Trilogy” (American Review of Int’l Arbitration, 2012); “Arbitrating ‘Arbitrability’” (World Arbitration and Mediation Review, 2013); “Arbitrators Without Powers? Disqualifying Counsel in Arbitral Proceedings” (Arbitration International, 2014), and ““Crossing the Threshold: Arbitral Jurisdiction after BG Group,” Mélanges en l’honneur de Pierre Mayer (2014). Professor Rau is an Advisor to the American Law Institute Project on the Restatement of International Commercial Arbitration; he also frequently serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the panel of the AAA and the panel of mediators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing; at the University of Geneva Faculty of Law; and at the University of Paris-I and the University of Paris-II. In the fall of 2014 he was a Distinguished Professor in Residence at Queen Mary University, London.

Recent Publications

  • BG Group and "Conditions" to Arbitral Jurisdiction [Symposium: International Arbitration and the Courts], 43 Pepperdine Law Review 577 (2016) (with Andrea K. Bjorklund).
  • Gateway Schmateway: An Exchange Between George Bermann and Alan Rau [Symposium: International Arbitration and the Courts], 43 Pepperdine Law Review 469 (2016) (with George Bermann).
  • Arbitrators Without Powers? Disqualifying Counsel in Arbitral Proceedings, 30 Arbitration International 457 (2014).

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Recent Activities

  • Hague Academy of International Law


    Professor Rau has been invited to give the extremely prestigious lectures at the Hague Academy of International Law in the summer of 2019.

  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary University London

    October 15, 2015 – November 15, 2015


    Professor Rau served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University, London, in October and November 2015, and gave a number of presentations to LLM and Ph.D. students at the school.

  • Arbitration Academy

    July 20, 2014 – July 23, 2014

    Paris, France

    Special course, "The Jurisdiction of Arbitrators: The Respective Powers of Courts and Tribunals," in the Arbitration Academy, Paris, France.

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