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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

  • Arbitrators Without Powers? Disqualifying Counsel in Arbitral Proceedings, 30 Arbitration International 457 (2014).
  • Arbitrating "Arbitrability," 7 World Arbitration & Mediation Report 487 (2013).
  • The Errors of Comity: Forum Non Conveniens Returns to the Second Circuit, 23 The American Review of International Arbitration 1 (2012).

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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.

  • 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.

  • June 5, 2014 – June 6, 2014

    Santiago, Chile

    Organizing Committee and Moderator, "Jurisdiction of Arbitrators, Respective Roles of Courts and Arbitrators, and Mechanisms for Resolving Energy Disputes and Enforcing Awards in Latin America," at Conference, "Emerging Trends in International Arbitration in Latin America," University of Texas, Santiago, Chile.

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Contact Information

Alan S. Rau

Work (512) 232-1266

Fax (512) 471-6988

Office: JON 6.250
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Judy L. Winter
(512) 232-1100

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