Hew Dundas

Honorary Lecturer

CEPMLP, School of Social Sciences

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Hew Dundas has spent over four decades in the Oil & Gas industry, including being Head of Legal, Company Secretary and Group Insurance Manager at Cairn Energy PLC, at one time the 45th largest FTSE100 company, before becoming a full-time International Arbitrator, Mediator and Expert Determiner in Oil & Gas, Energy and general commercial disputes.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb) and a Panel Arbitrator in England, Scotland, Beijing, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, India and the USA (CIDRA and FINRA) and is a member of the LCIA and other leading arbitral institutions.  He is Honorary Vice President, Scottish Arbitration Centre and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Chinese European Arbitration Centre (Hamburg) and is a Council Member of the International Commodity and Shipping Arbitration Service (London).  He is also Presidente Honorario, Centro International de Arbitraje e Mediación (Quito).

Hew attended the Oil & Gas Law course at CEPMLP’s predecessor in 1984 and has been a visiting lecturer (now Honorary Lecturer) since 1991 in, initially, International Comparative Petroleum Law then, later, International Dispute Resolution Law.  He has acted as External Examiner for PhD and LLM.

He was involved in the preparation of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill 2002 and had significant input (>42,000 words of submissions) into the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010 and has co-authored the definitive book on the Act.  He has published widely internationally on the 2010 Act with distribution in approx. 85 countries.  He also advised the Scottish Government on the recent Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill.

He is also a mediator (CEDR-Accredited), serving on various mediator panels in the UK and abroad (including Beijing), and is a former Director of Scottish Mediation Network Limited, the umbrella body for all forms of mediation in Scotland.

He writes and publishes widely (including publishing in London, New York, Houston, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Almaty) on UK and international arbitration law and related topics and has published over 200 articles worldwide including 101 in the CIArb’s “ARBITRATION”.

He is heavily involved in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna and its sibling, the Vis East in Hong Kong;  he sat on the Final Panels in Vienna in 2007 and in Hong Kong in 2013.  He also sat on the Final Panel in the Inaugural Skadden Arps FDI Moot in Boston in 2008.

In 2005 he was elected President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (approx. 12,000 members in 108+ countries) for calendar 2007;  in that capacity, he visited Beirut, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Stockholm, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Vienna, Hong Kong and most of the CIArb’s UK branches as well as new (for the CIArb) territory in Quito, Bogotá and La Paz, in the latter case setting a new Presidential altitude record of 4,420 meters (14,500’).  As well as visiting CIArb, colleague arbitral institutions and academic institutions, he held constructive discussions with Chief Justices, Ministers of Justice and other high-level figures.