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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 teaches and writes in the areas of Contracts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (particularly Arbitration). He is co-author of Processes of Dispute Resolution: The Role of Lawyers (4th ed. 2006); ADR and Arbitration: Statutes and Commentary (West, 2000), and Cases and Materials on Contracts (West, 2nd ed. 1992), and the author of numerous articles, including most recently "Arbitral Jurisdiction and the Dimensions of Party 'Consent'" (Arbitration International, 2008); "Fear of Freedom" (American Review of International Arbitration, 2008); "The Arbitrator and Mandatory Rules" (American Review of International Arbitration, 2008), "Evidence and Discovery in American Arbitration: The Problem of 'Third Parties'" (American Review of International Arbitration, 2009); and "Understanding (and Misunderstanding) 'Primary Jurisdiction'" (American Review of International Arbitration, 2011). He serves as an Advisor to the American Law Institute project on the Restatement of the Law of International Commercial Arbitration, and on the panels of the American Arbitration Association, the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre, and the Tribunal Arbitral du Sport in Lausanne. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Toronto, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, Willamette University College of Law, the University of Geneva; and the Universities of Paris-I and Paris-II.

Recent Publications

  • Commercial Arbitration, 7 World Arbitration & Mediation Review 451 (2013) (with Thomas J. Stipanowich & Timothy G. Nelson).
  • The Errors of Comity: Forum Non Conveniens Returns to the Second Circuit, 23 The American Review of International Arbitration 1 (2012).
  • Arbitral Power and the Limits of Contract: The New Trilogy, 22 American Review of International Arbitration 435 (2011).

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Recent Activities

  • Discovery and Evidence in Arbitration Presentation

    May 14, 2009 – May 15, 2009

    UT-PCA Symposium on International Arbitration

    Will be giving a presentation on discovery and evidence in arbitration at the UT-PCA Symposium on International Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands.

  • \"Mandatory Rules\" Presentation

    January 21, 2009 – January 31, 2009

    Institute for Transnational Arbitration Retreat

    Will be giving a presentation on "mandatory rules" in arbitration at the retreat of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration in Berkeley, CA.

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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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